Shaver's Creek Environmental Center Internship Profile
- “My heart belongs at Shaver's Creek and yours will too if you get to work there!”
- “The training for the program was thorough and inspiring.”
- “I felt like I belonged and was part of a team.”
- Respondents rated on-the-job learning and experience 9.67 out of 10.
Industries: Education, Nonprofit
Locations: Petersburg, PA
Number of Interns: Less Than 10, 7 (Summer; Winter); 6 (Fall)
Compensation/Benefits: Academic Credit, Varies, Varies depending on internship (ranges from around $150 / week to $225 / week), With Perks: Housing; Meals; Seminars
Length: 6 to 12 weeks, 10 weeks (Summer); 12 weeks (Fall); 15 weeks (Winter)
Responsibilities: Education, Other
Founded in 1976, the Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center is a division of Penn State University. It provides environmental programs and experiences for the public, organizations, and schools through its nature center, hiking trails, hands-on exhibits, and more. In addition, the Center hosts festivals, summer camps, bird walks, music shows, and other events. Penn State students study and gain teaching experience in the Shaver’s Creek Field Laboratory. Students can also take advantage of the Center’s programs and exhibits. The Center aims “to achieve and maintain harmony between human activities and the natural systems that support all living species.”
Shaver’s Creek internships are open to interested students and individuals from around the world, not just students of Penn State. Interns are hired to work in one of four areas: adventure programming, environmental education, marketing communications, and raptor care and education. Responsibilities may include working on adventure programs, animal care and handling, curriculum development, school programs, team building programs, volunteer training, weekend festivals, writing newsletter articles, and more. Interns can take advantage of professional development workshops, regional conferences, staff trips (during certain seasons), and career counseling. Staff work with interns to provide feedback and evaluations.
Environmental Education, Marketing Communications, and Raptor Center: March 1 (Summer); July 1 (Fall); November 1 (Winter). Adventure Program: January 31 (internship only offered during the summer). Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references. See website for more application details.
Open to undergraduate students, recent graduates, and mid-career applicants. Science and education backgrounds are helpful but not required. Applicants must like children.