Bald Head Island Conservancy

Internship Programs

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Internship Programs

The Bald Head Island Conservancy internship program provides an opportunity for individuals to gain valuable experience and make a meaningful contribution to the organization’s mission. Interns work alongside Conservancy staff and assist with various projects related to conservation and environmental education.

In addition to departmental responsibilities, interns also assist with non-profit business management duties such as engaging with island visitors, signing up the public for programs and memberships, and working at special events and fundraisers. They may also assist with wildlife emergency response and work in the Turtle Central gift shop.

Summer interns have the additional responsibility of leading public educational sea turtle walk programs for Conservancy members. Training is provided to all interns to ensure they are prepared for their tasks.

Interns play a vital role in the success of the Bald Head Island Conservancy and gain valuable experience and skills that will serve them well in their future careers. The Conservancy offers a variety of internship opportunities, including positions in education, research, and conservation, and provides interns with a supportive and engaging work environment.

The Bald Head Island Conservancy welcomes applicants of all races, religions, abilities, genders, and sexual orientations. Our internship program is popular, competitive, and can be a life-changing experience for students and graduates!

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Bald Head Island Conservancy

Internship Experiences

I'm so glad I took the chance to apply and the experiences I've gained as a result. Not only have I worked with a wonderful staff, the island residents have been kind and made the whole internship even more enjoyable. BHIC has helped me gain valuable administrative skills, depend more on others, and just roll with the punches because you have to be flexible on the island. Practical skills include learning how to change a tire, how to kayak, and floating between departments in a small non-profit setting.

Judith Broussard, Fall Intern, 2021

Since being with BHIC I have found an interest in marsh birds and hope to work a few seasonal positions before obtaining a graduate degree. Working in an environment like BHIC’s has been very rewarding. Everyone works well together and there is such a variety of skills and expertise; I feel so grateful to be able to work in such an environment so early on in my career!

Jenna Albaugh, Fall Intern 2021, Seasonal Coastal Educator 2022

This happened during our first week or two of the internship. Judith and I were leading a Turtle Walk on our own for the first time and were out on the beach watching for hatchlings. Part of the protocol for the program is to clean up Flemming afterwards (wiping down chairs, putting the biofacts and laptop back up) and while we were out, the Conservation team cleaned up the room for us! We came back after a long night to the room all clean. It is still one of my fondest memories – just to have that support and comradery early on says a lot about the people you are working with and invested me in BHIC, the internship program, and my fellow interns.

Adelle Schubarg, Fall Intern, 2021

BHIC has solidified my passion for estuarine ecology and coastal conservation, and after my time here on the island ends, I’ll be continuing on with work in the sea turtle field. I consider myself to be indescribably lucky to have had the chance to live on Bald Head Island and work with people who have dedicated their lives to protecting the environment, and I can only hope to have as deep an impact on an organization as BHIC has had on me

Maddie Talnagi, Fall Intern, 2021
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