Summer Internships for Current Scholars

Hungerford Nature Center

Title: Summer Environmental Educator / Animal Care Intern
Location: Kensington
Dates: June 1 – August 7. Start and end dates are flexible according to the needs of the student.
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 A.M to 4:00 P.M.

Job Description: 

The Summer Environmental Education (EE) Intern will be responsible for assisting in teaching on-site and off-site pre-school programs; Environmental Education programs for grades 1st-5th grade; and possibly a few weeks of “summer day camp”. The EE intern will assist, develop and lead program activities, supervise volunteers, and possibly assist/teach a weekly summer day camp.  The intern will also participate in the day-to-day operational activities of the Nature Center, which includes assisting in visitor orientations, animal caretaking, gardening, trail work, exhibit making and special events. 

The Environmental Education Intern will:

  • Learn the basic concepts of “child centered” hands-on teaching techniques.
  • Learn how to research and develop lesson plans for children ages 3-15.
  • Develop sound job responsibility skills, such as timeliness, reliability, teamwork, accountability, and courtesy.
  • Gain experience in public speaking.
  • Learn natural and cultural history concepts and education.
  • Develop skills important to establishing a successful career path, interact with clients and colleagues from various socio-economic backgrounds, and learn from staff with diverse backgrounds and career experiences.
  • Learn principles in animal caretaking and gardening skills.
  • Learn public relation skills and techniques.
  • Develop leadership skills and confidence.

Career Experience:

This internship will provide the student with a variety of meaningful experiences and skills that will advance his/her knowledge and training for a wide range of careers. The skills developed, such as the ability to analyze new information, to communicate effectively, and to organize and lead groups, are both highly valued and highly transferrable. The intern will develop their own teaching style, and effective ways of communicating with people of all ages and backgrounds. He/she will develop skills to learn new information, to assimilate and transform this information into a fun and understandable activity for a variety of learners. The intern will learn proper techniques of working with the public, in a variety of ways and platforms. The intern will learn how to work in a team, as well as ways to develop teams.  He/she will learn principles of time management and organizational skills. These skills, along with others, will provide the environmental education intern skills applicable in the private sector as well as in nonprofit organizations.

Suggested College Majors:

This internship will develop skills appropriate for a wide variety of college majors. This is a great opportunity for students majoring in such fields as education, science, social work, public relations, parks and recreation, just to name a few.