Hands-On Experience in the Classroom for Interns

Our Nature in the City Internship offers a unique experience for those interested in learning more about a career in environmental education. Our interns assist Baltimore Woods Nature Center educators with the award-winning Nature in the City program, which links urban schools with neighborhood green spaces through environmental education. Nature in the City introduces Syracuse City School District students, grades K-6, to science in their neighborhoods through a series of classroom and outdoor lessons.

During their internship, interns will be responsible for assisting educators with:

  • Leading individuals and small groups of students through activities
  • Encouraging students to participate and stay on task
  • Carrying and setting up program materials

At the end of their internship experience interns have the chance to present a lesson under the supervision of a Baltimore Woods staff member. Interns may also write, edit and create educational materials, and occasionally assist Baltimore Woods with other daily operations, on-site school visits, public programs, camp, newsletter articles, and special events.

Requirements:

  • Flexible schedule. Interns need to be available typically during the school day (8a.m. – 4 p.m.) during the academic year. Hours will vary depending on an individual’s schedule but interns must commit to at least 15 days. These days can be scheduled once a week over the course of a semester, or in a 3-week block in May or June.
  • Transportation. Interns need to meet educators at the scheduled school.
  • Education. Interns need to have or be working towards a bachelor’s degree in education, environmental science or a related field.

Details:

  • Intern Project. Interns will also complete a project that will support the Nature in the City This may include writing and presenting new lesson plans, creating pre and post program activities that support the Nature in the City lessons, designing new educational materials, or creating tools for program evaluation. Interns may also design their own projects, upon approval.
  • Internship Credits. If the applicant is interested in receiving college credit, it is up to him/her to make arrangements through appropriate college offices.
  • Position. This Nature in the City internship is an unpaid position; however, the experience gained through this program will be invaluable to those who wish to pursue a career in environmental education.

To apply: Please send a resume with references and cover letter to Margaret Foley at margaret@baltimorewoods.org.

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