Student Opportunities

We are proud to support the career development of students who are pursuing studies in education, natural and/or social sciences at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. There are many ways a student can become involved at the Center, such as joining our educational programming team as a paid staff member, or pursuing an Internship or a year-long Fellowship. 

Holland Family Internship

The Holland Family Internship is designed to introduce interested students to different aspects of running a nature center. The position is highly versatile and can accommodate a vast array of skills and interests. Among others, the intern will assist the EIC Director, Dr. Claudia Walters, with developing virtual and hardcopy instructional materials (e.g., interpretive signs), redesigning the EIC website, and incorporating geospatial technologies into the EIC operations. They will also assist with sustainability initiatives.  

Kenneth and Marion Parkhurst Natural Areas Fellowship

The Kenneth and Marion Parkhurst Natural Areas Fellowship is designed to provide experiential learning for a prospective leader of environmental interpretation and community education. This fellowship provides an opportunity for students to gain practical experience promoting environmental awareness. The Parkhurst fellow will help lead educational programs for K-12 and other audiences. They will also assist in developing new programs and in environmental monitoring.

Student Naturalist

UM-Dearborn student leading educational programs outside to younger children

The EIC relies on UM-Dearborn students to help with educational programs. 

As part-time member of our interpretive staff, you will receive training in the principles of environmental interpretation and inquiry-based learning and instruction. Student program leaders are expected to have good communication skills and an ability to interact well with others, especially children.  Also, student staff members must possess a genuine interest and at least some familiarity with local flora and fauna and the natural history of the region.