Education Internships

Shelburne Farms is not able to host undergraduate education interns at this time. We look forward to welcoming undergraduate education interns in the future. Please check back again for updates. Thank you!

We are seeking undergraduate interns interested in earning credit while working with and learning from our education programs. You’ll work primarily with our school programs (four-hour field trips for elementary-age classes), and also with our early childhood programs, and weekend family and public programs.  You’ll be mentored by education staff members, a variety of texts and resources, and through independent reflection.  Upon successfully completing the internship, you many potentially apply for paid seasonal staff positions.

Internships are offered seasonally:

  • Fall: September - December
  • Spring: January - May
  • Summer: May - August

Key Responsibilities

  • Participate in an orientation to Shelburne Farms and the internship role.
  • Observe, team teach, and teach activities for Shelburne Farms school programs during weekdays.
  • Participate in daily set-up and debrief meetings with education team.
  • Complete required readings and topical preparation work before scheduled programs.
  • Support and/or teach family programs and public events on occasional weekends.
  • Participate in and provide support for seasonal special events.
  • Attend planning meetings for programs and spend time preparing lessons and materials.
  • Meet with supervisor to create goals and a personalized work plan.
  • Maintain a daily reflection log to note skill development and change over time.
  • Check in regularly with mentors and supervisor to discuss performance, goals, and work plan.
  • Communicate effectively with coworkers to create a respectful and communicative work environment.
  • Work on assigned education projects on occasional non-teaching days.
  • Receive and incorporate constructive feedback from supervisor and mentors into teaching practice.
  • Support a continuous effort to foster a culturally aware learning community, open to multiple perspectives.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Educational background, and/or experience with education, sustainability, or farm-based education.
  • Junior or senior standing.
  • Prior experience with camps or education programs.
  • Positive and flexible attitude with co-workers and visitors.
  • Solution-oriented mindset when faced with challenges.
  • Demonstrate initiative and display motivation in work.
  • Can follow directions in assigned tasks and work independently.
  • Openness to receive supportive praise and constructive feedback and make adjustments with a growth mindset.

Requirements

  • Availability on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, and/or Fridays 8-230, and occasional weekends.
  • Commitment to work a full season (see above)
  • Receive college credit (3 credits: 10hrs/week)
  • Reliable personal transportation.

Physical Working Conditions

  • Outdoor work environment
  • Varied weather conditions
  • Ability to move over uneven terrain

Compensation

  • Undergraduate credit (arranged by applicant)
  • Admission to Shelburne Farms

To Apply:

Please email a letter of interest, resume, and contact information for two references to: [email protected].  

  • Fall 2020: We are unable to host interns due to cancellation of school field trip programming in response to COVID 19.
  • Spring 2021 internships: We are unable to host interns due to cancellation of school field trip programming in response to COVID 19.
  • Summer 2021 internships:  Apply by April 1, 2021.
  • Fall 2021 internships: Apply by June 1, 2021.

Shelburne Farms is committed to fostering a culturally aware learning community that is open to multiple perspectives.

NOTE: Housing and payment are not provided. This is not an employment agreement, and Shelburne Farms does not provide compensation, reimbursement, Workers Compensation, or Health Care coverage for this position.