Learn to hows and whys of outdoor programming!
If you are wondering what working in the outdoor recreation field looks like as a career, this is the internship for you. Our program & operations interns are some of our most essential staff each summer, routinely completing critical operations and making sure trips continue to run safely and on time. They get to experience a bit of everything, spending part of their time providing support to warehouse, kitchen, and trail operations and part of their time developing and implementing program or operations based projects in the office. This mixture gives interns a nice balance of learning the operational systems of the outdoor recreation industry, as well as having the leadership opportunity to develop a project of their own. Some previous intern driven projects have included: rebuilding Wilderness Inquiry’s adaptive gear, updating our educational interpretation kits, and planting and maintaining a wildflower boulevard garden. These interns will also assist in staffing at least one extended trip.
- Willingness to help others enjoy the outdoors.
- An interest in outdoor recreation operations or non-profit programming.
- Strong leadership skills.
- Good work ethic and a positive attitude.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
This is an unpaid position. College credit may be available depending on the requirements of your college or university.
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Frequently Asked Questions
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 [insert 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 4 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. If you work an evening or weekend event you will determine alternate time off with your supervisor.
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.
How can I obtain hands-on trail experience at WI before I apply?
One good way to do this is to sign up to be a Trip Assistant (TA.) TAs go on WI trips at a reduced cost in exchange for helping out on the trip. This is a great way to get a better understanding of what our trips are about, as well as the expectations we have for our trail staff. Volunteer opportunities are listed on our website. TA applications are available upon request by calling the office at 612-676-9400.