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.

Education Program Internships

Education Interns at the Dunes Center participate in a number of ways. We provide training opportunities so interns are familiar with our education materials. Generally, this position requires an interest in science education, experience working with children, and a willingness to learn.

Dates of Program

5-10 hrs per week (minimum of 6 months)


The Educational Internship will be working in the education department of the Dunes Center. Their primary responsibilities will be to assist with the preparation, support and administration of the educational programs hosted by the Dunes Center. They will be responsible for attending and leading sessions of the afterschool/summer programs and other educational programs that are hosted by the Dunes Center. Interns will also be required to familiarize and attend community and education department walks/hikes throughout the spring/summer months during their internship. Intern will be under the general supervision and direction of the staff Education Program Manager.

The Special Event and Volunteer Program Internship will be working with volunteers and providing crucial support for special events. No experience is necessary, however interested parties should be able to provide examples related to volunteer work, supervise volunteers, or led a group of their peers through a project or program. Interns should be available on weekends – Saturday and Sunday to host walks and outreach booths.

This part time service will enable both the Dunes Center in expanding their programs and the intern to gain experiences that can be used for college admissions, work experience and personal fulfillment. This will benefit both entities in a mutual relationship aimed to educate the youth in the Guadalupe and central coast cities.


Interns should posses 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
Ability to use the Microsoft Office suite of computer programs

Upon Completion Interns will be able to:

Provide a letter of support on behalf of the Dunes Center and its donors and funders
Have work experience(s) to draw upon when they enter the profession of their choice
Create several science education activities for students (Kinder through Sixth grade)
Complete a PowerPoint presentation that will be used for future outreach and educational
funding opportunities and the visitor’s center


Letter of recommendation from the Dunes Center upon completion of internship
Work experience in the field of education and natural sciences

To Apply

Send, fax, 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