Next Generation Leadership

Youth leadership development is among QLF’s highest priorities and has been a hallmark of our programs since the organization’s foundingQLF invests in next generation environmental leaders through a Volunteer program for high school students and Internships for undergraduate and graduate students.

Each year, QLF hires Interns and Volunteers from numerous academic institutions throughout the U.S. and Canada for placement in programs in New England, Eastern Canada, and overseas. Undergraduate and graduate students work closely with QLF’s staff and partners on a wide range of programs and activities in the field and in the organization’s offices in Montreal and Ipswich.

Partnerships with universities remain invaluable for the continued growth of QLF’s leadership development program. QLF has historically received sponsored Interns from a variety of institutions, including Duke University, Princeton University, and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.


“The ethic of environmental stewardship and the compassion that QLF demonstrates through all of the work that you do represent an incredible model for the way I’d like to live my life, with real purpose that will hopefully affect some good on even the tiniest percentage of the world population.”

– Joseph Abbate, Piping Plover Conservation Project, 2015


2017 Internships

Regional and International Programs (PDF)
Location: Ipswich Office
Dates of summer Internship: 15 June 2017 – 30 July 2017

The Conservation Leadership Program (PDF)
Locations: Codroy Valley and Main Brook, Newfoundland;
Red Bay and L’Anse Amour, Labrador;
and Blanc Sablon, Quebec North Shore
Dates of summer Internship: 1 June 2017 – 15 July 2017

To apply for one of QLF’s Internships above, please send your resume and a cover letter to

Internship in Stewardship of Natural Resources and Cultural Heritage

The Quebec-Labrador Foundation (QLF) has openings for two interns (full-time) to assist with the Second QLF Alumni Congress in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain in mid-November. The internship tenure is for up to three months, with possible extension to six months, and begins immediately. In addition there is potential for travel to Barcelona, Spain for the Congress in mid-November. The internships are based at QLF’s U.S. Office in Ipswich, Massachusetts.

QLF internships offer college graduates a chance to learn through mentor-guided experiences. Interns will cultivate experience in a variety of areas gaining valuable job skills, including:  data management, writing and editorial work, developing communication and interpersonal skills, public outreach, and administrative work.

The mission of the Quebec-Labrador Foundation (QLF) is to promote global leadership—one person at a time—through nature, culture, and heritage conservation, which is inspired in the Atlantic Region and shared with the world. Interns gain unique insight into our operations and enliven our community.  

For consideration, please submit your resume, including a cover letter to

To get a sense of the life of a QLF Intern – and for updates from current and recent interns – take a look at the QLF Intern Blog and Internship Brochure!


Princeton InternshipPICS QLF Internships Articles in Civic Service (PICS), a nonprofit Princeton alumni organization that supports students in their pursuit of careers in non-profit and service work, has featured QLF Internships in their 2015 PICS Annual Report. Please click on the thumbnail to read the feature article, in which QLF President Larry Morris and 2015 QLF Intern Anna Maritz discuss the impact of QLF’s Leadership Program and QLF’s longstanding partnership with PICS.



Intern Connor Hedges birding with children in Hare Bay, northern Newfoundland, 2014

2015 Interns with Kathleen Blanchard and Greig Cranna, Blanc-Sablon, Lower North Shore, 2015

“Although I had heard the phrase ‘community-based conservation’ before, I do not think I fully understood what it entailed prior to participating in this internship. The most rewarding aspects of this internship was getting to form so many new connections with people, including the locals of Newfoundland and the employees and other interns of QLF.”

– Anna Maritz, Conservation Leadership Program, 2015


“Throughout the summer I have established working and personal relationships with dedicated people around the world. These are the type of people I hope to surround myself with and am excited to see where their paths will take them. My connections through the GLN have already sown the seeds of future professional networking opportunities.”

– Katy Litka, Southeast Asia Conservation Exchange Program, 2015


“This great stewardship and birding experience surely helped me to become a better biologist and I am really proud to now be a part of the QLF family.”

– Mégane Déziel, Piping Plover Conservation Project, 2015