To enhance the learning component of the internship we have set aside one day a week for interns to come together as a group to learn about various aspects of managing a public garden. These days include field trips, hands-on activities, leadership trainings, and the application of newly learned skills.
Most of the natural areas intern’s work day is spent outdoors. Interns are given a wide variety of tasks, work under the direction of various staff members, and rotate through various natural areas. Additionally, interns, along with various staff members, might deliver programs outdoors and at off-site locations.
During the course of the internship, we will work with the interns to identify their areas of interest and will try to provide them with work opportunities that meet these interests. If there is a staff member who has expertise in an intern’s interest area, efforts will be made to pair them on work days.
Capturing Your Experience
On some of the Learning Mondays you might have some time to work on journals, blogs, or projects to reflect on what you are gaining from your internship. Students should expect to do some amount of this work on their own time. Interns document the growth of their knowledge and skills via photographs, field journals, blogs, or portfolios, then share these documents and projects with supervisors and staff at the end of the summer open house.
Our summer internship program provides an educational and work experience involving hands-on training that builds on classroom learning.