Educational Programs Internship

Title: Education Programs Intern

Reports to: Educational and Public Programs Coordinator


About the Dunes Center:

The Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center is a natural history museum at the heart of historic downtown Guadalupe that strives to promote the conservation and restoration of the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes ecosystem. We offer inspiring educational programs aimed to bring awareness to our local natural areas and unveil new topics to students in our community.


Internship Description:

Hours per week: 10-20 hours 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 creating educational content relevant to the Dunes Center.

This Winter/Spring our program will focus on gaining a wider audience on social media and other online platforms as well as traditional after-school program lessons. The ultimate goal is to create and deliver content that furthers the mission of the Dunes Center while providing enrichment to our community. Lessons should incorporate hands-on activities aimed to expose students to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) topics.

They will also 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.


Internship Tasks Include:

-       Creating educational activities

-       Creating infographics and other educational content to post on social media platforms

-       Creating and editing weekly educational videos to post on YouTube and Social Media accounts

-       Teach lessons for our after school program at various school sites along the Central Coast

-       Lead after school programs at the Dunes Center




Interns should possess the following abilities:

-         Represent the Dunes Center in a professional manner

-         Public speaking – ability to communicate clearly and effectively

-         Organized and Self Motivated

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

-         Interest in education, sciences or becoming a mentor

-         Familiar with social media platforms (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube), iMovie, Word, Excel

-         Pass a background check


Upon Completion, Interns will:

-         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 the 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 the internship

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


To Apply:

Send or email your resume and a brief personal statement describing your educational goals to:


Jenise Coates, Educational and Public Programs Coordinator

Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center

1065 Guadalupe Street

Guadalupe, CA 93434