It is never too soon to start exploring career opportunities.  One of the best way to get a real idea if a career is right for you is to apply for an internship in the field you are interested in.  Internships offer vital work experiance and are often times paid.  Below or a few of the many science based internship programs.  Visit the high school's future center for even more internship opprotunities. 

Bureau of Land Management

The BLM offers internships that provide young people and veterans with jobs and job training opportunities in local communities.Working individually or as part of a team or crew, BLM interns participate in the shared stewardship of public lands - building trails and enhancing recreational facilities, restoring habitat damaged by wildland fire, and supporting BLM's multiple-use mission.  

United States Forest Service

The U.S. Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) is a summer youth employment program for teenagers,  interested in l work experiences on national forests and parks, wildlife refuges, and fish hatcheries. Youth work on projects designed to develop an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility such as: building and repairing trails, removing invasive species, helping with wildlife and land research, and leading environmental education.

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Student interns will be provided practical on-the-job training experience related to wildlife management, data collection, habitat restoration, and wildlife monitoring. The benefit of these opportunities is to recruit and train potential employees seeking careers in wildlife management, research and conservation and develop a great knowledge base of wildlife in Oregon.

Oregon Health & Science University's Knights Scholars

The Knight Scholars program offers high school students whose communities are underrepresented in cancer research, healthcare and public health—including those of diverse races and ethnicities and those from rural areas—an opportunity to explore careers in the fields of cancer research, treatment and prevention. Students are paid a stipend and housed in residence halls while at OHSU each summer.