Pre-Program Mentor Interviews

ECPN works to serve emerging conservation professionals at all levels, from pre-program to early career. This blog series aims to highlight pre-program experiences and opportunities through mentor interviews featuring a range of specialties. These individuals have been selected for interviews due to their track record as excellent pre-program supervisors. This series highlights successful approaches to pre-program internships and mentoring, while also providing insight on how pre-program individuals can best prepare to enter the conservation profession.


Complementary resources include AIC’s Education and Training Committee (ETC) Guidelines for Pre-Program Internships and Remote Internships, as well as ECPN's Compensation Resources. The ETC guidelines are intended to aid supervisors and interns in defining goals, parameters, and expectations for pre-program internships. ECPN compensation data was compiled after reviewing public postings of pre-program, graduate, and post-graduate positions.




  • Library interview at the American Philosophical Society with Anne Downey
  • Textile interview at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields with Amanda Holden
Keara Teeter and Anne Downey  examining hand-colored prints (courtesey of the American Philosophical Society)