INTERN TESTIMONIALS:

Interns and volunteers make our mission possible!

earn school credit, learn vital skills, and attend tuition-free outdoor leadership courses– all the while helping with our mission of increasing outdoor access for youth of color and of low-income backgrounds. 

internships

Our internships are 2-6 months. They are unpaid. Benefits include tuition-free courses, free use of our gear libraries, and experience working in a professional environment in a mission-driven organization. 

Featured intern

Jocelyn Rose Everett

California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

During my internship I was completing my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies. My main focus while at CIIS was ecopsychology, how the mind relates to nature. As a part of my senior project at CIIS, I was to create a project related to social justice and social change, so I decided to create a curriculum for an ecopsychology inspired workshop. The workshop is titled Wilderness Inspirations. My co-facilitator and I take participants through exercises to connect them to the land, and wrap up the experience by supporting partakers to make an art piece reflecting their experience … my goal in life is to link individuals to their innate, deeply embedded relationship to nature through meditation, social justice, and art. My experience with the BAWT team has been filled with inspiration, and genuine loving kindness. I am excited to see what other beautiful projects BAWT has in store, and look forward to staying part of the BAWT community.

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Intern Testimonials

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Jocelyn Rose Everett, California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

I was a Program Intern at BAWT in Fall 2016.

During this time I was also completing my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies at California Institute of Integral Studies. My main focus while at CIIS was ecopsychology, how the mind relates to nature. As a part of my senior project at CIIS, I was to create a project related to social justice and social change, so I decided to create a curriculum for an ecopsychology inspired workshop. The workshop is titled Wilderness Inspirations. My co-facilitator and I take participants through exercises to connect them to the land, and wrap up the experience by supporting partakers to make an art piece reflecting their experience. My specialty in this case is helping others write songs about their outdoor experience. I am a singer songwriter and nature is a huge inspiration to my songwriting. I see that we are all part of the earth, and my goal in life is to link individuals to their innate, deeply embedded relationship to nature through meditation, social justice, and art. In 2017, I will be taking the Northern California Ecotherapy Certification Training with a truly amazing ecotherapist, Ariana Candell, where I will learn a plethora of new knowledge about ecopsychology and how to connect myself and others even deeper to nature. I also plan on working with youth to help them disconnect from their technology and reconnect with the earth. My experience with the BAWT team has been filled with inspiration, and genuine loving kindness. I am excited to see what other beautiful projects BAWT has in store, and look forward to staying part of the BAWT community.

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 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 OroAlfonso Orozcozco, 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

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.