Photograph the world with Wilderness Inquiry!
Photography Interns are responsible for capturing the moments that make our trips so special. In this internship you will spend time on trail photographing trips and also in the office editing, cataloging and finding media avenues to share our photos. This mixture gives interns a balance of photographing candid subjects while also getting experience with professional quality photo editing. Our interns gain real experience in taking photographs for marketing purposes while working in unique environments with diverse populations.
- Previous photography experience
- Personal photo equipment
- Photo editing experience
- Interest in traveling and camping
This internship is ideal for students and others who wish to build a portfolio of outdoor photography, portraits, or video. You can see examples of individuals photographs throughout our website. College credit may be available depending on the requirements of your college or university.
This is an unpaid position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Please note: Photography interns are expected to have and maintain their own camera equipment and gear. In addition, in your time on trail it is expected that you assist Outdoor Leaders with trip logistics and participant needs. This may at times supersede your responsibility of taking photos. Safety and customer service are always number one.
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Frequently Asked Questions
How many photo interns do you take?
Typically we take 3-4 photography interns during the summer season and for our Canoemobile tour. In the winter we take 1-2 interns.
Could this internship lead to a full-time job with Wilderness Inquiry?
Yes, though probably more in a communications or marketing capacity than as a full-time photographer. We conduct over 500 events per year but they are seasonal and we not currently have the need for a full-time photographer on staff.
When does Wilderness Inquiry accept interns?
Applications are accepted year-round, and internships can take place at any time during the year. If you apply and do not hear from us within a month of your application, please give us a call and remind us that you are waiting for a response. Our general office number is 612-676-9400.
Does WI offer paid internships?
No, but we do provide many benefits such as housing, travel, and pro-deals. Doing an internship is a great path to gaining employment at WI. We frequently do hire interns after they have successfully completed their internship.
I am a photography major and would like to do my internship with Wilderness Inquiry. Can I?
Yes. One of the things that make our interns and trail staff such a talented and strong group of people are their diverse backgrounds and experiences. All share an interest in learning about and experiencing the mission of Wilderness Inquiry, we accept all majors.
I don't have experience working with people with disabilities. Can I still do my internship with Wilderness Inquiry?
Absolutely. Patience, understanding, communication skills, a willingness to learn, and having an open mind will help you to gain the necessary skills you will need.
What will my schedule be like as an intern?
Your schedule will vary depending upon the type of internship you have. Full-time interns generally work 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, when not on trips. Depending upon your internship category, you might be assigned anywhere from 1 to 6 trips during your internship at WI. Your schedule will be determined with your supervisor when you arrive. Additionally WI frequently holds events evenings and weekends and interns will help support these events.
Do I need my own gear for the trips?
You will need basic personal items such as a sleeping bag, a sleeping pad, PFD, and appropriate outdoor clothing. Wilderness Inquiry provides the group gear such as tents, cooking gear, boats, etc. For items you need to purchase, we have an arrangement with several outdoor companies, which allows us to give outdoor leaders and interns a substantial savings on outdoor gear (Pro-deals). You will have access to online catalogues to choose the items you would like to purchase. We are excited to offer this great perk.
What is WI's staff training? As an intern, can I attend staff training?
Summer Staff Training is a week long training that is held each year in early June. If you are an intern during this time, you are encouraged to participate in staff training.
I have a wedding or other vacation planned that I need to attend during my internship. Will this be okay?
Time-off requests should be submitted as early as possible. The sooner you let us know about your schedule, the better the chance of your time-off request being approved.