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The mission of the International Wolf Center is to advance the survival of wolf populations by teaching about wolves, their relationship to wild lands and the human role in their future. The home of the International Wolf Center is in Ely, Minnesota, internsand is visited by 30,000-40,000 visitors each year. In addition to viewing our resident wolf pack and exploring our award-winning Wolves and Humans Exhibit, visitors also have the opportunity to explore wolf pack habitat through our many outdoor naturalist programs.

The Center offers two wolf education internships throughout the year. Typically internships are offered during the summer months and academic school year, although timing may change depending on programming needs. A degree in environmental education or related field, or prior teaching experience is preferred for the position.

Intern commitment will be 40-45 hours per week, including time on weekends and holidays. Interns are required to have a valid driver’s license and social security number. Selection criteria includes education, experience, references, and written statements. Unfortunately, at this time the Center is unable to accept international applicants.

For a complete job description listing principal duties and responsibilities as well as required knowledge, skills and abilities download our academic year intern job description, or our summer intern job description.

Typical Internship Timeline (may be adjusted according to program needs)

Internship Options Application Deadline Start Date* End Date*
Summer (3-6 months) January 15 May 22 August 18
Academic Year (9 months) March 17 August 14 June 1

*Start and end dates are flexible within a week or so, depending on the needs of the intern. Qualified interns with demonstrated skills may be eligible for extended or full school-year internships.

The goal of this program is to give interns a strong background in wolf information and experience in conveying this information to the public. Interns conduct a variety of indoor and outdoor wolf and wolf-related education programs. Programs may have as few as two or as many as 200 participants and vary in length from 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Summer interns work largely with the general public. Academic year interns will have the opportunity to work with visiting school and scout groups, bus tour groups, family weekends and adult programs. Interns will also contribute to the programming of the Center through special projects and support work. Projects are selected based on the talents and interests of the intern, as well as the current needs of the Center. Other areas of training include program development, scheduling of visiting groups, exhibit cleaning and curation, and possibly time spent in the retail, office and information departments.

The International Wolf Center provides off-site housing for summer interns and a $500 per month stipend. The academic year position does not include housing and is provided a $1,000 per month stipend. All interns will be responsible for providing their own food and transportation between the International Wolf Center and the off-site intern housing. Interns may need to share living quarters with other interns.

If you would like to apply to our program, submit the following:

  1. Completed Wolf Educator Internship Application
  2. Letter of interest indicating what you hope to gain and contribute through the Wolf Educator Internship
  3. Professional resume
  4. Three references (include reference name, title, phone number and email)

and send to:
Internship Program 
International Wolf Center 
1396 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731-8129