BAWT interns make our mission possible! Our internships are 3-6 months, and unpaid. As a perk, you receive BAWTBucks for your hours here which can be used towards wilderness leadership courses or for getting new gear. You also get the use of our gear libraries!
Read our past intern testimonials to find out what you can expect from an internship with BAWT.
Contact us to find out about current internships available.
Types of internships available:
Program Interns keep the gear libraries humming, taking gear reservations and managing and maintaining the gear library. They also help organize workshops and training courses, working with BAWT’s Program Director. Click here to find out more!
Development, Accounting and Fundraising
Development Interns work with accounting, working with our database and help organize fundraising events, working with BAWT’s Director of Development and Finance and members of the Development Committee. Contact Steve to find out more!
Marketing and Outreach
Marketing Interns help with social media, assist in marketing material production and organize events and campaigns, and work closely with the volunteer Art Director, the Marketing Committee and BAWT’s CEO. Click here to find out more!
Climbing for Kids Interns recruit and instruct climbers, lead training hikes and usually climb a mountain for BAWT themselves! Click here to find out more!
- Lilli Keinaenen, Art Director
- Natalie Kwan – Development Intern
- Alexis Comes – Program Intern
- Jahad Benard – Program Intern
Past Interns: (read more about their work below)
- Clara Cardillo – Program Intern
- Sam Adams – Program Intern
- Gustavo Rosas – Program Intern
- Quindell Moorer – Program Intern
- Ben Doyle – Development Intern
- Stacey Lee – Program Intern
- Emerson Gale – Program Intern
- Xavier Soto – Program Intern
- Alfonso Orozco – Program Intern
- Gustavo Rodriguez – Program Intern
- David Cynman- Program Intern
- Corey Sanford – Development Intern
- Bo Trang – Program Intern
- David Indig – Intern
Corey Sanford, UC Davis
I was a Development Intern at BAWT in 2014.
I grew up in Oakland, and spent part of every Summer and Winter at my family’s cabin in a little town called Twain Harte. I was lucky enough to explore the outdoors at nearby parks like Muir Woods, Big Sur, and Yosemite and to raft down the American and the Klamath Rivers, but also had the chance to travel to Costa Rica, Hawaii, Spain, Mexico, and Alaska with my family. I attended UC Davis, where I studied International Relations and Psychology and played club soccer, both of which furthered my passion for the outdoors and travel. Outside of work you might find me playing soccer, getting my hands dirty in the backyard, reading a book, or riding my bike around Oakland in search of coffee. While working for BAWT, I was able to participate on a WLT as well as to witness all of the other trips and services they offer. This inspired me to pursue employment as a wilderness trip leader for teens this Summer, where I hope to share my passion with others and to keep embracing what the outdoors has to offer.
Alfonso Orozco, Teton Science Schools
MS in Environmental Education ‘17
I was a Program Intern at BAWT in 2012.
My main duty was to support teachers and youth workers in getting the gear they needed for their outdoor trips. I managed gear requests and facilitated gear pick ups and drop offs for them. I also assisted with organization of wilderness trainings, was a member of the programs committee, and repaired broken gear. I also went on my first backpacking trip with BAWT!
The connections, skills, and values that I acquired at BAWT inspired me to pursue a career in the outdoors. Through a BAWT connection, I was selected to attend the National Park Service Academy in Grand Teton National Park during my spring break. The Academy focused on revealing career opportunities in National Parks to young diverse college students. That summer, I was selected to work with the Youth Conservation Corps in Yellowstone National Park. I graduated from San Francisco State University with B.S. in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. After finishing my B.S., I was hired by the National Park Service as an Interpretive Ranger on Alcatraz Island. After the season ended I relocated to work as a lifeguard at Virgin Islands National Park. After 9 months as a lifeguard I decided to return to school to obtain a Master’s degree. I currently live close to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and am working towards a Master’s of Science in Environmental Education at Teton Science School.
My life mission is to connect people to the outdoors, especially those who might not otherwise have the opportunity.
Emerson Gale, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS), Integral Ecology MA ’16
I served as a Trip Planning Support program intern during my semester with BAWT where I was completing an Integral Ecology graduate practicum course called “Touch the Earth.” With a focus of wilderness rites of passage for the Philosophy, Cosmology, and Consciousness Master’s program at CIIS, my internship goals were centered around helping leaders trained by BAWT to actualize their first youth group outings. I reached out to over one hundred leaders with trip planning materials and provided ongoing trip itinerary support to a substantial percentage of them. I assisted many youth workers and teachers to develop their trip timelines, find suitable campsites, reserve gear, and apply for mini-grants. I further developed BAWT’s alumni relations strategy in this process as well as establishing the Trip Planning Support role for future interns. In this process, I gained a nuanced sense of how to apply BAWT’s tangible methodology for reconnecting humanity with the wilderness to my future career path.