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What You'll Study
  • Conservation communication using various media including journaling, photography, video, podcasts, info-graphics, and arts
  • Resume and biographical sketch building
  • Time management
  • Networking and self-promotion
  • Internet profile and online portfolio design
  • Citizen science engagement, conservation ethics, conflict resolution, and public outreach
Program Details

June 8 – 15, 2020 | Mason’s Academic Calendar

Available Formats

Undergraduate (CONS 201, 2 credits)


Tuition and SMSC Course Fees 

Mandatory Room and Board – All students participating in this course will be required to stay onsite.  Room and board fees will be posted on student accounts.

Who is eligible?

Incoming 1st- and 2nd-year undergraduate students, and non-degree-seeking students from any accredited college or university.

Meet the Faculty

Anneke DeLuycker
Anneke DeLuycker
Assistant Professor of Conservation Studies
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
Anneke is a biological anthropologist specializing in the ecology, behavior, and conservation of primates, particularly in the Neotropics. Her research concerns how ecological and evolutionary processes influence behavioral patterns.


In this one-week course, students will explore career opportunities in conservation and learn strategies for success as a professional conservationist. This course addresses valuable professional and personal skills including written and oral communication, as well as leadership, networking, and emotional-social skills. Students will meet with conservation leaders working in scientific, academic, governmental, and non-governmental capacities, including those from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. Students will form lifelong bonds with their like-minded peers and become part of a supportive network of mentors and colleagues.

Take the next step toward a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
Program Details