Internships at Wilderness Inquiry
Our internship program helps you bridge the gap between the educational experience and the professional work environment. This is a time when you will have real responsibilities, while continuing to learn and refine your skills. We provide both academic and non-academic internships. The structure of the WI internship program is flexible in order to meet your requirements while you are also meeting the needs of Wilderness Inquiry.
In the words of Jacob L., a recent intern, “I don’t think I could have found a better internship opportunity than this, and the amount of information I have learned in these past few months is really quite amazing as well as the opportunities I have been able to take advantage of. I am proud to say they offered me a job and I could not be more happy with my current position. It makes me really excited to see what the future has in store for me and I am really glad I chose the path I did.”
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, interns gain valuable skills in fostering social integration, adapting to individual needs, ensuring safety, implementing servant leadership, and learning and applying outdoor living skills.
WI internships are unpaid positions, however, we provide some great benefits, including a frequent pathway to employment as a trail guide or full-time staff.
- Training: Interns participate in our Staff Training program.
- Gear: Prodeals from companies such as Patagonia, NRS, etc.
- Travel: Many interns go on WI’s adventures
- Employment: Opportunities to earn a paid staff position after successful completion of the internship.
Interns are an integral part of the Wilderness Inquiry community. You will meet and associate with great people, from all levels of our organization.
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. Click here for more information.
The following intern positions are currently available at Wilderness Inquiry:
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Get a Minor in Outdoor Recreation at the University of Minnesota
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 trips to Costa Rica, Belize, Kilimanjaro 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!