Internship/Volunteer: Children’s Programming

Are you interested in a career in environmental education? Do you love working with young children? An internship at the Hitchcock Center may be a good fit for you. The Hitchcock Center offers several internships each year to students and graduates who are interested in environmental education. Speak with your academic advisor about whether you can receive credit for a Hitchcock internship. Most internships are volunteer, with limited work study options available. Please contact Dan Butterworth via email or 413-256-6006 to inquire about work study options.

Children and Family Programs Internships

Each season the Hitchcock Center hires several volunteer interns to assist with our Children and Family Programs such as homeschool, afterschool, and preschool. Interns assist once per week at an agreed-upon time to assist with all aspects of teaching the program. Interns must be responsible, mature and enthusiastic. Preference will be given to interns who can commit to the entire semester.

We are now accepting applications, on a rolling basis.
Download our application.

Nature Play Afterschool Internships

Mondays, Tuesdays, or Wednesdays (Nature Play, ages 6-9) 3:00-5:45pm
Mondays (Wild Children of the Woods, ages 8-11) 3:00-5:45pm
Tuesdays (Art in the Forest, ages 8-11) 3:00-5:45pm
Wednesdays, (Junior Nature Play, ages 5-7) 3:00-5:45pm
Thursdays, (Girls Into the Wild, ages 8-11) 3:00-5:45pm


Our Nature Play Afterschool program is designed to give children extended periods of unstructured play outdoors. Research has shown that unstructured play has enormous benefits for children’s wellbeing, imaginations, emotional health and self esteem. Afterschool interns must have a playful spirit, be mindful of safety, and have a lot of energy.

Hitchcock Homeschool Internship

Tuesdays 9:30am–2:30pm


The Hitchcock Homeschool program serves families from all over the Pioneer Valley between September and June each year. We work primarily with children ages 6 -12, teaching a diverse array of subjects in science and nature. Homeschool interns assist with all elements of teaching and classroom preparation and clean-up. Prior work with children is required.

Independent Study Projects

We have a number of openings for independent study projects each year. Interns work with Colleen Kelley, Education Director to develop a project. Past projects have included art project development for our annual Enchanted Forest event, assembling a Story Walk on our nature trails, and developing curriculum for our summer camps. Interns must be self-motivated and have a collaborative spirit. Contact Colleen to inquire about independent study internships.

Other Opportunities

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