Internships at Wilderness Inquiry
Welcome to Wilderness Inquiry (WI)! Our internship program is a unique
experience, which we hope will be valuable in helping you bridge
the gap between the educational community and the professional work
environment. This will be a time when you will apply some of the
knowledge you have acquired thus far, while continuing to learn
and refine your skills.
The structure of the WI internship program is flexible in order
to meet your educational requirements while you are also meeting
the needs of Wilderness Inquiry. Even though you are still a student,
you are viewed as a Wilderness Inquiry staff member and are an integral
component to the success of the organization.
Continue reading to learn more about the specific opportunities
that we have available. Thanks for your interest!
The WI Internship Experience
Specific intern experiences vary depending upon the season of year you choose and your individual academic requirements. However,
most interns experience logistical and administrative support, outdoor equipment organization
and maintenance, trip leading and academic/organizational
projects. Through these experiences, and by working with diverse
groups of people with and without disabilities, interns gain valuable
skills in fostering social integration, adapting to individual needs,
ensuring safety, implementing situational leadership, and learning
and applying outdoor living skills.
Internship dates are flexible.
WI internships are unpaid positions, however, we provide some great
benefits and perks.
- Martha's Place, the staff house, is available to full-time interns
at no charge.
- Interns participate in our Staff Training Program.
- Opportunity to earn a paid staff position after successful completion
of the internship.
- Prodeals from companies such as Patagonia, Chaco, Seal
Line, NRS, etc.
We do not require interns to have certifications in order to be
considered for an internship, however it is highly recommended that
you work towards having the required trail staff
certifications. You must be current with these certs before
you are eligible to be trail staff.
The following intern positions are currently available at Wilderness Inquiry:
Looking for a paid position? Visit our work for WI page >>
Outdoor Recreation Focus Area: Wilderness Inquiry partners with the University of Minnesota Recreation, Park & Leisure Studies Dept to offer an Outdoor Recreation Immersion Semester. This 16-20 credit leadership and skill development program complements any area of study. Highlights of the program include:
- Wilderness Inquiry led trip to Costa Rica or Kenya
- Program Development class taught at WI
- Directed study at an organization like WI or the National Park Service
- Outdoor Leadership class taught at WI's Apostle Islands Base Camp
Visit z.umn.edu/rpls for more information.
Thank you for your interest in doing an internship with Wilderness Inquiry!