Industry: Education
Type of Internship: Education: Teaching/Training/Lesson Planning
Student Name: Rebecca Czaja
Graduation Year: 2015
Major: Biology, Environmental Studies
Minor: None
Position Title: Overnight Camp Counselor
Hours: 130 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Paid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?

I teach campers between the ages of 9 and 17 about the environment and foster a closer relationship between campers and nature.

How did you find this internship?

I googled environmental education centers and found W. Alton Jones.

What do you enjoy most about your internship?

The program pushes campers’ limits, encouraging them to learn, explore and face new challenges. I go on that journey with campers, learning new skills like rock climbing, kayaking, and sailing.

What do you find challenging?

As a camp counselor, I also sleep in the cabins with campers some weeks. Spending all day and night with campers can become very exhausting.

What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?

Experience working with kids between the ages of 9 and 17 is very helpful before working at Alton Jones. Be prepared for a very exhausting and challenging job, but always keep in mind that it will be incredibly rewarding to work with energetic and enthusiastic kids.

About the Organization

W. Alton Jones Environmental Education Center
West Greenwhich, RI

The URI Environmental Education Center is situated on 2,300 acres of forests, wetlands, and old farmland—the W. Alton Jones Campus. Dedicated to environmental education, the Center has been offering quality day and residential programs for over 30 years. The residential camp facilities include a knotty pine dining lodge with field stone fireplaces, hardwood floors, and six meeting rooms. The grounds include 10 miles of hiking trails, 200 acres of open fields and meadows, a waterfront on a private 75-acre lake, a working farm, and the rustic Poor Farm Teen Base Camp which houses our older campers.