TEEM: Teen Internship Information

Youth Leadership

Gain leadership skills, teaching experience, and new friends through our hands-on internship for high school students.

NatureBridge at Golden Gate
1033 Fort Cronkhite
Sausalito, CA 94965

A year with TEEM

“My favorite part of TEEM is seeing kids ‘get it;’ that moment when you make an impact in the mindset of your students. It's the best feeling”. —TEEM intern 2008-2009

Summer Training Session

The TEEM volunteer internship begins in August with a six-day training in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Participants learn firsthand about coastal ecology and develop outdoor skills through hiking and an overnight camping trip. Interactive workshops introduce environmental education concepts, teaching strategies and public speaking tools. This amazing team-building experience trains interns to become effective leaders and prepares them for the exciting year ahead.

School Year Volunteer Internship

After summer training, TEEM interns lead Eco-Athletics, interactive games about the environment, with our elementary school participants once a week during after-school hours. Interns learn and practice teaching techniques and hone public speaking skills while inspiring children, adults, and the next generation of youth leaders. In addition, TEEM volunteer interns serve as campus stewards, with regular duties that include feeding and caring for our intertidal marine lab animals.

Year-Round Mentorship

Each volunteer intern is paired with a NatureBridge environmental science educator to learn firsthand about environmental education. In the fall, volunteer interns spend a full day outside with our environmental science program, observing their mentor in action. Mentors and the TEEM program manager help interns set attainable goals and provide the guidance to ensure they accomplish them throughout the year.

"This program has helped me unlock my leadership potential to help the community. I’m applying to nine colleges to pursue my dream of becoming a high school teacher, one of the most needed leadership positions in California.” —TEEM Intern, 2004-2007

Interested in becoming a TEEM volunteer intern?

  • Earn a stipend. Get paid to learn!
  • Develop leadership and group facilitation skills while teaching younger students
  • Learn organization and job readiness skills
  • Attend inspiring events, field trips, and retreats
  • Plan and lead local stewardship projects
  • Make new friends and explore new places
  • Gain access to additional professional development opportunities

Our commitment

We are committed to the success of every intern by supporting individual goals and needs. Our professional educators mentor TEEM members year-round. In addition to gaining valuable life skills, TEEM is a gateway to scholarship opportunities, other internships, programs, and career paths. TEEM is excellent for college applications and several interns have written college essays about their intern experience.

Apply to be a TEEM intern next school year. Please submit the application form by March 31, 2018.

For more information, contact teem@naturebridge.org

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