MIF Internships

Upon completing the MIF course work (September to April), MIF students finish the program with an internship and/or final project. Students leverage their previous work experience and newly acquired skills to work with various organizations around the world. Students provide valuable work to the partnering organization and in return, gain relevant experience and networks to further their careers.

“The MIF program has allowed me to explore forestry and natural resource management through the lens of local peoples, landscapes, institutions, governance, business, and many other viewpoints. With this knowledge, I can work with a variety of different actors and stakeholders towards solving pressing global issues.” – Jasmine Lum, 2016 graduate. Interned at Taking Root and ICRAF

Examples of Past Internships

BC Timber Sales – Campbell River, Canada
Student engaged in discussions and negotiations with First Nations and conducted BCTS’ First Nations Woodland Licenses during their tenure.
City of Richmond – Richmond, Canada
Student worked on an Urban Forest Management Strategy (2017).
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (FAO RAP)
 – Bangkok, Thailand
Student assisted the forestry team in developing the action plan for the Asia-Pacific forest and landscape restoration.
Lexeme Consulting – Vancouver, Canada
Student was lead consultant of the UN-REDD Programme Study, which involved identifying drivers of deforestation and forest degradation in Myanmar. They contributed to a nation-wide assessment to develop Myanmar’s specific REDD+ policies and measures in an effort to address drivers and their underlying causes. Their work included spatial data analysis using quantitative and qualitative data and projections, policy and political economic analyses, and communicating with regional experts and stakeholders.
Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society – Vancouver, Canada
Student worked on BioBlitz project.
Sustainable Food Systems – Richmond, Canada
Student assisted with planning strategies for the promotion global food security.
Taking Root – Vancouver, Canada
Student worked on the implementation of a new process for using farm maps to identify sections of farmland requiring specialized care. The result was the development of a Standard Operating Procedure. They also helped update a project design document for a small coffee agroforestry system in San Juan de Rio Coco, Nicaragua.
Tropenbos International – Ghana
Student worked on projects related to forest governance and the contributions of small and medium forest enterprises in Ghana (2017).
UBC Faculty of Forestry Research Lab – Malawi
Student interned as the Project Manager for three research projects based out of Dr. Jeanine Rhemtulla’s lab. The projects encompassed social, economic, and environmental aspects of forest use in rural communities in southern Malawi. Research methods used included surveys, interviews, focus groups, forest plots, measurements, and mapping. They also worked on a forest use study and forest landscape restoration assessment.
UBC Global Health Initiative – India
Student contributed to a local health initiative in the Spiti Valley of northern India. Their internship duties included organizing and implementing health screens in a community school. They also reviewed the school’s farming strategies including seed selection and intercropping methods.
United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UN FAO) – Rome, Italy
Student conducted background research on the implications for REDD+ initiatives for people, specifically the impact on tenure rights and livelihoods.
World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) – Kenya
Student assisted with the Local Governance and Adapting to Climate Change in Sub-Saharan Africa project. Her tasks included an asset assessment, implementation of a field survey, training and supervising Kenyan research assistants, data analysis, and report writing.

Other organizations where MIF students have completed internships

Alex Fraser Research Forest

Bamboo Research institute in Nanjing Forestry University

Biodiversity International

Brinkman Climate

Elements Society

Forest Research Institute, Dehradun, India

Geoterra Integrated Resource Systems Ltd.

Interfor, Burnaby, Canada

International Tropical Timber Committee Meeting (ITTC), Japan

Malcolm Knapp Research Forest

Namibia Nature Foundation – Namibia

Namibia Nature Foundation –Namibia

National Energy Authority- Iceland (based between Vancouver and Iceland)

Nature Trust of British Columbia – North Vancouver, Canada

Research Institute of Tropical Forestry, Chinese Academy of Forestry, Guangdong

Tanzania Forest Services Agency

The McConnell Foundation

USDA Forest Service- Puerto Rico

Wellspring Forest Farm and School – United States (New York)

Wellspring Forest Farm and School – United States (New York)

West Fraser

Wet Tropics Management Authority- Cairns, Australia

Yuanheng Holdings Ltd.