September 15, 2011
Developing a quality internship program allows your organization to access the wide range of talent that students or recent graduates possess. Properly managing a service corps or internship program-be it one student or several at a time-can be highly beneficial both for you and for students looking to learn your trade. But, like planting a tree, it’s important to make sure you’re integrating interns into your program in the right place, in the right way, and with the right resources and support.
Creating Win-Win Internships Resource List
Watch Tree Pittsburgh’s summer stewardship crew interns in this video, as referenced during the webcast session:
Carole Teator, Program Director, Trees Forever (Marion, IA)
Marion-based nonprofit Trees Forever operates across the states of Iowa and Illinois. To accomplish its diverse array of tree planting, conservation, and education programs, Trees Forever utilizes the skills of interns, AmeriCorps members, and other paraprofessionals. Recent Trees Forever AmeriCorps members have assisted with the organization’s Green Force and trEE-O2 programs.
Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director, Tree Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA)
Tree Pittsburgh is dedicated to enhancing the City’s vitality by restoring and protecting the urban forest through tree maintenance, planting, education and advocacy. To achieve its stewardship, planting, and research goals, the organization has engaged interns in a variety of capacities over the last several years, including nursery workers, crew leaders, and data collectors and analysts.
Webcast attendees will learn about:
* Effective intern hiring practices
* Determining best placements and projects for interns
* Providing learning and growth opportunities
* Time management- for you and them!
* Setting expectations and internship goals
About the Webcast Series
The Webcast Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast series held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The content is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.
CEU Approved: 1 Hour
CFE Category 2 Approved: 1 Hour