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INTERNSHIP/EXTERNSHIP FAQs

 

How long is an internship?

Are there set start and end dates for internships?

What is the difference between volunteering and interning?

When is the best time to apply?

Can I apply even if I’m not a college student?

What is your selection process for interns and how competitive is it?

Do you provide housing or transportation?

Can international students apply?

Are internships paid?

How are January term internships different from other terms?

Can I defer my internship to the next season?

Can I reapply if I am not accepted into the program?

Who should I address my cover letter to?

Can my letter of recommendation be sent separately?

Can I email my application?

I am studying abroad; can I still be interviewed if I’m selected?

Can I apply to more than one position?

Can an internship lead to a job opportunity?

I have interned before; can I apply for another internship?

What is an externship?

Am I eligible for an externship?

Can I call you to get an update on the status of my application?

 

Q: How long is an internship?

A: Internships are 12 (14 for some positions- please review each position prior to applying to be aware of any differing time commitments) weeks long and require a time commitment of two to four full days per week. For most positions, a “full day” is roughly 8 a.m. to 5 or 6 p.m.

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Q: Are there set start and end dates for internships?

A: No, schedules are dependent upon intern and supervisor availability. Interns must complete a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks from their start date.

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Q: What is the difference between volunteering and interning?

A: Our interns have a more complex application process from the volunteer application. We also expect that interns come to us with a background relating to the positions for which they have applied. Interns generally work two to four days a week for a minimum of 12 weeks, and usually have more in-depth or demanding responsibilities because of their more relevant background.

 

Our volunteer applicants do not need to have a relevant background to volunteer, and we are mostly looking for interest, passion and curiosity! Although volunteer duties may sometimes be less complex than an intern’s responsibilities, we rely heavily on our volunteers. Without them, The Trustees’ properties would not be as beautiful nor as successful as they are!

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Q: When is the best time to apply?

A: Internships generally coincide with either high school or college semesters.

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Q: May I apply even if I’m not a college student?

A: Yes. While most of our interns are college students, you are welcome to apply as a recent graduate or career changer. In certain instances, we can accept high school students. You do not need to be receiving college credit in order to participate in the program.

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Q: What is your selection process for interns and how competitive is it?

A: After we receive an application, we will review it and invite appropriate candidates for an interview. If the candidate is potentially a suitable fit for an internship with us, we will pass on their application for a second interview with a supervisor. We hope to give final decisions roughly a month and a half to two months after the priority application date, depending on the season.

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Q: Do you provide housing or transportation?

A: No, The Trustees is unable to provide housing or transportation to interns.

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Q: Can international students apply?

A: Yes, international students are welcome to apply. Please note that we cannot help with housing, transportation or visas.

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Q: Are internships paid?

A: No, internships at The Trustees are unpaid; however, they are well compensated through hands-on experience, networking connections, and a unique learning environment. Our apprentice-style internships are ideal if you would like to gain experience working for a large non-profit, educational, and conservation-focused institution.

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Q: How are January term internships different from other terms?

A: Winter Internships extend for a period of just four to six weeks, with a required time commitment of 125 hours. This usually means that Winter Interns work more days per week than interns in the spring, summer, or fall term. Also, not all internships are available for the Winter Session.

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Q: May I defer my internship to the next season?

A: No, if you decline an internship offer you must reapply to be considered in the future.

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Q: May I reapply if I am not accepted into the program?

A: Yes. We ask that you send in a full, updated application each cycle that you wish to apply for.

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Q: Whom should I address my cover letter to?

A: You may address your cover letter to “The Volunteer Department.”

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Q: Can my letter of recommendation be sent separately?

A: Yes, your letter can be sent separately, just be sure to leave a note explaining this in your application materials. You or the author may send the letter via email to volunteer@thetrustees.org

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Q: May I email my application?

A: We request that you complete the online application form to be considered for positions. If your current situation makes this difficult, please inquire about different options by emailing your request to volunteer@thetrustees.org.

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Q: I am studying abroad; can I still be interviewed if I’m selected?

A: Yes, we are willing to conduct interviews over the phone or via Zoom if applicants are abroad.

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Q: May I apply to more than one position?

A: Yes, you may apply for up to three positions. You will need to complete the application for each individual position. Please list the positions in the order of your preference in your cover letter, unless you choose to submit a cover letter for each position.

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Q: Can an internship lead to a job opportunity?

A: Some of our current employees started as volunteers or interns, but it is very rare for interns to transition to staff. We consider interning to be an excellent professional development opportunity; however, volunteering or interning with us does not lead directly to paid work. Job openings are limited. Current job openings can be found here.

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Q: I have interned before; may I apply for another internship?

A: Yes, you are welcome to apply for another internship in a different department. Interns can intern up to three times with The Trustees but may only hold one internship at a time.

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Q: What is an Externship?

A: Externships are 6 weeklong intensive rotations.

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Q: Am I eligible for an Externship?

A: To be eligible for an Externship, applicants must be in their senior year or recently graduated from an accredited college.

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Q: Can I call you to get an update on the status of my application?

A: Unfortunately, we are unable to provide application status updates over the phone. Due to the volume of applications we receive, most applications require approximately three weeks for processing

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Q: Still have questions?

A: E-mail: volunteer@thetrustees.org

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