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Interns can help nonprofit organizations to cost-effectively accomplish more. They also present a pathway for the organization to cultivate potential future employees and introduce new people to the field.
Interns can help nonprofits accomplish more; in turn, interns gain valuable hands-on experience and learn from seasoned professionals. As college students or recent graduates, interns can inject fresh ideas and age diversity into workplaces. Many organizations also use internships to cultivate future employees.
This guide provides links to resources to help organizations with various aspects of finding and managing interns.
The following websites are good places to post internship openings. Many sites feature both job and internship postings, while some are focused exclusively on internships.
Hiring unpaid interns is allowed under federal law as long as the internship meets certain criteria. See the following resources for more information about the legality of unpaid internships and liability implications for interns.
Internship agreements outline the intern’s role and duties, the duration of the internship, pay rate (if applicable), and other pertinent information. For unpaid internships, the agreement typically contains a section for the intern to affirm that they will work without pay or expectation of a future job offer.
Many conservation organizations hire interns to help with office and field work throughout the year. See the following web pages for examples of how organizations describe and operate their internship opportunities.