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Northland College Alumni in partnership with the National Park Service have developed a new, paid internship that provides educational opportunities for Northland College students and promotes pathways to leadership in the National Park Service and in outdoor careers.  Interns will serve at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore (Resource Management/Interpretation) and the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (Interpretation). The intern will be paired with a professional mentor and will receive leadership training and professional development opportunities.

Internship Duration: The Women in Leadership internship is funded for 15 hours per week for eight weeks during the fall semester. The position will start the first week of classes and, weather depending, conclude in October or early November.

Compensation: $10.10/hour, for up to 135 hours (3-credit internship)

Responsibilities and Qualifications

Duties and Responsibilities

The position will be split between working at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore headquarters in Bayfield, WI.

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

  • Natural resource management projects
  • Phenology monitoring at the park and, when appropriate, at Northland College. The overall goal of the phenology project is to understand climate induced changes to flora and fauna of the park and the College, which provides a spatial comparison.
  • Assisting with visitor information at the front desk: greeting visitors, developing and giving lighthouse talks in the lens room.
  • Help maintain the native plantings and rain gardens
  • Developing engaging social media content for the Park to strengthen our digital media presence
  • Assisting and giving lighthouse tours during the lighthouse celebration (Fall only).

Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center

  • Developing programming to present to audiences
  • Assisting with visitor information at the front desk: greeting visitors and providing area information
  • Developing or enhancing projects, such as children’s discovery area or docent packs
  • Participating in phenology monitoring

General Expectations of Intern

  • Attend a women in leadership panel
  • Assist with writing applications or proposals to support park projects
  • Develop a federal resume and learn to navigate
  • Shadow personnel at policy or management meetings
  • Develop a final presentation and report about the internship


  • Must be a fulltime student at Northland College who identifies as female
  • Strong interest in pursuing an outdoor career (in any field of study)
  • Must provide own transportation to and from internship sites in Bayfield and at the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. Any additional mileage required for internship will be reimbursed at .40/mile.
  • Able to self-start and work without close supervision

Organization Details

National Park Service Website