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.
A: No, schedules are dependent upon intern and supervisor availability. Interns must complete a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks from their start date.
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!
A: Internships generally coincide with either high school or college semesters.
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.
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.
A: No, The Trustees is unable to provide housing or transportation to interns.
A: Yes, international students are welcome to apply. Please note that we cannot help with housing, transportation or visas.
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.
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.
A: No, if you decline an internship offer you must reapply to be considered in the future.
A: Yes. We ask that you send in a full, updated application each cycle that you wish to apply for.
A: You may address your cover letter to “The Volunteer Department.”
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
A: Yes, we are willing to conduct interviews over the phone or via Zoom if applicants are abroad.
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.
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.
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.
A: Externships are 6 weeklong intensive rotations.
A: To be eligible for an Externship, applicants must be in their senior year or recently graduated from an accredited college.
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
Q: Still have questions?
A: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org