Dunes Center Internship Program

The Dunes Center Internship Program offers interns an opportunity to learn job skills, engage with our program participants, develop lesson plans, and to have a rich, rewarding experience they can benefit from. Our Internship Program has a rolling application cycle. We are always accepting applications for interns. In order to apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to admin@dunescenter.org.

Special Event and Volunteer Program Internships

Special Event and Volunteer Program Interns will engage in the organization by coordinating volunteers for programs and events, working with staff to plan and coordinate special events, such as our annual golf tournament fundraiser, annual Trees of the Season fundraiser, and other special programs scheduled throughout the year. This position generally requires general computer skills, strong communication skills, strong writing skills, and a willingness to learn.

Educational Program Internships

5-10 hrs per week

Educational Program Interns support the Dunes Center’s goal of providing high-quality and engaging programming to children on the Central Coast. This part time service is a mutually beneficial partnership that will enable the Dunes Center to engage local residents and children with educational opportunities and activities while the intern gains experiences that can be used for college or graduate school admissions, work experience, and personal fulfillment. Generally, this position requires an interest in science education, experience working with children, and a willingness to learn.


The Educational Program Interns contribute to Dunes Center programming. They will be responsible for leading sessions of the off-site afterschool and other educational programs.  Interns are also required to spend four to six hours weekly as a museum docent and/or at Dunes Center Special Events. Examples include community walks and hikes or interactive educational activities at fundraising events.

This fall our program will focus on teaching archaeology to students in San Luis Obispo and the surrounding area. Lessons incorporate hands-on activities aimed to expose students to science topics including stratigraphy, dendrochronology, and artifact analysis.


Interns should possess the following abilities:

-          Represent the Dunes Center in a professional manner

-          Public speaking – ability to communicate clearly and effectively

-          Interest in working with children – prior experience working with children preferable

-          Interest in education, sciences or becoming a mentor

-          Transportation to and from the site and the Dunes Center

-          Pass a background check

Upon Completion Interns will be able to:

-          Have work experience(s) to draw upon when they enter the profession of their choice, including experience in the creation of science education activities for students


-          Letter of recommendation from the Dunes Center upon completion of internship

-          Work experience in the field of education and natural sciences

-          Internship credit may be able to be arranged with your school’s appropriate department prior to beginning internship

-          Visa gift card to be awarded upon return of program evaluations and materials as a thanks for volunteering your time

To Apply

Send or email your resume and a brief personal statement describing your educational goals to: Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, 1065 Guadalupe Street, Guadalupe, CA 93434



Hear From Our Interns

“The Dunes Center has shown me many new and lovely locations that I appreciate and desire to protect. I hope to encourage students to aspire to be leaders in their community and find an interest in environmental studies and the dunes.” Eryn Lankard

“I love watching the participants learn, grow and explore the different aspects of the class.” Tori Norville

“The Dunes Center is amazing because it gets kids interested in our environment and aware of the beautiful world we live in.” Austin Lippincott

“I love to spend time in classroom sharing my passion for science with the students!” Emma Sloan