Downtown Office

116 SW 4th Street
Corvallis, OR 97333

Avery House Nature Center

1200 SW Avery Park Drive
Corvallis, OR 97333

SAGE Garden

4485 SW Country Club Drive
Corvallis, OR 97333

Earn credit towards your degree while enjoying your work!

Now Accepting 2020 Spring Intern Applications!


Internships are available each term with the Corvallis Environmental Center. They are an opportunity to learn more about the world of nonprofit and environmental work and to get involved with our organization. These unique and applicable work experiences are unpaid but are eligible for academic credits (when applicable). The CEC offers multiple internships throughout our programs and each works with several students every term. Please click the titles for more description on each of the internships offered.

Early Childhood Nature Educator Assistant Internship

The Corvallis Environmental Center’s Avery House Nature Center focuses on early childhood education through nature-based learning. We run the NaturePlay Preschool (for ages 3-5) M-F from 9:00 to 12:00 and our Niños de la Naturaleza (Bilingual Natureplay Preschool) program (for ages 4-6) which runs T & Th from 1:00 to 3:00. This means that shifts for interns would be M-F 8-12:30 or T & Th from 12:30-4 with the option of working a full 8:00-4:30 day if your schedule allows. Interns will assist in the preschool classroom, prep and clean up snacks, art projects and activities. They will also help with developing curriculum for our nature education programs. We would prefer for Nature Preschool Interns to stay with us for two or more consecutive terms, if possible. Being bilingual is not a requirement for working with the Natureplay PM Preschool program.


Outreach and Events Internship

Are you computer and social media savvy? Have a flair for marketing? Love talking to people? Then join the Corvallis Environmental Center as an Outreach and Events intern. Learn more about community outreach, engagement, fundraising, events, marketing, and nonprofit development. Get a behind the scenes look at what makes our organization work and gain knowledge in each of our program areas.


Sustainable Agriculture Internship

The Sustainable Agriculture intern plays a crucial role in the success of the SAGE Garden. This is a great opportunity for those seeking hands-on experience in small-scale agriculture, local hunger relief, educational
gardening, sustainability, permaculture, and connecting people with the food that they eat. As a part of the SAGE team, you will help to grow the 5 tons of food that we donate each year to aid food insecure individuals and families in the local community. We value the input and ideas of SAGE interns in shaping the garden and enhancing its educational function.


Farm to School Internship

The Corvallis Farm to School program makes connections between our food system and our school system. Our program increases the use of local foods in our schools, encourages children to make healthy eating choices and supports regional farmers. As an intern, you will gain hands-on experience in food, nutrition, and agricultural education, get to work with community volunteers, and assist with promoting local foods for our school district. We provide a wide range of programs, and work with interns to design their experience around their interests.


Nature Education Assistant Internship

As the Nature Education Assistant intern with the CEC, you will be an integral part of creating and implementing place-based environmental education for all ages. We work in schools, local natural spaces, at our Nature Center in Avery Park and throughout the Corvallis community. Programs include after-school enrichment, field trips, in-classroom lessons, and more. Students learn about local ecology, healthy eating choices, supporting regional farmers, and more while exploring the natural world around them, increasing their environmental literacy. We provide a wide range of programs under the Nature Education umbrella, and work with interns to design their experience around their interests. More information about our education programs can be found here.

"[I cannot express] how helpful the Corvallis environmental center has been to not only my schooling but to my personal growth. I started off this year unsure of what I wanted to pursue with my degree but through being able to dedicate my time to working with this huge variety of children's programs I feel truly thankful that I have found something I am passionate about. I am excited to take the skills I learned these last a few months and apply them to my professional career."    -- Fall 2019 Intern