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About Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

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.


Open to undergraduate students, recent graduates, and mid-career applicants. Science and education backgrounds are helpful but not required. Applicants must like children.

Shaver's Creek Environmental Center

Doug Wentzel, Internship Coordinator
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
Shaver's Creek Environmental Center
3400 Discovery Road
Petersburg, PA 16669
Phone: (814) 863-2000


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
Duration: 6 to 12 weeks; 10 weeks (Summer); 12 weeks (Fall); 15 weeks (Winter)
Academic Level: College Freshmen, College Sophomores, College Juniors, College Seniors, Recent College Graduates


Petersburg, PA