Position Title: Seasonal Naturalist
Type of Internship: Environmental / Sustainability Management
City, State: Middle River, MD
Hours: 5-10 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid
How did you find this internship?
A friend recommended me to this position.
What advice on the internship application process would you give to another TU student interested in this internship?
I recommend exploring what it is that the student truly enjoys about the environment and how they can apply it to this position. Keep in mind that this does deal with teaching kids and that knowing how to interact with kids is beneficial. Don't be afraid to be yourself and show that you can be a friendly person.
What did you do as an intern at this organization?
The first week of the internship, I went to a week and a half long training which taught interns and other positions about history of the area, animals, overall plants, and how to interact with children or any other people that may have questions about the specific nature center. As an intern, I maintained care of animals which included preparing food, cleaning cages, and overall care such as cleaning the animals. When people walked into the nature center, I would teach them fun facts about the organisms they were looking at and answer any general questions they might have. Also, I would help do arts, crafts, and other nature related activities.
What did you find most rewarding in your internship?
My favorite part of the internship was simply learning about the environment. Throughout this experience, I learned more about the surrounding environments than I had actually known was there. I also learned more about what kind of an impact people have on the environment.
If another student at TU was interested in your internship next year, what skills would you recommend they develop in the coming semesters to prepare?
I recommend having strong people skills to be able to teach others successfully about the topics of interest. Also I would recommend strongly knowing a good deal about the environment so that you can make an impact and assist the nature center wherever they need help. Taking relevant biology and environmental classes would teach students information they could apply here. A lot of this internship requires being comfortable around many organisms from snakes, to mice, and everything in between.
Learn more about Marshy Point Nature Center.