Two Great Locations, One Organization

Nature Academy Internships

About Our Intern Program

The Nature Academy intern program serves the twofold purpose of accomplishing the work of the organization and training a new generation of environmental leaders in sustainability, conservation, and ecological restoration. Matthaei-Nichols is the center for rich and diverse nature-based experiences for the University of Michigan and its surrounding communities. Each summer we hire dozens of U-M students from across campus to work on our properties in every department.

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Our interns are funded by donors and members.

And some of those internships are named, adding to the prestige of the position. For example, the Elizabeth Needham Graham Endowment—named in memory of a long-time docent—monitors, maintains, and interprets the Sam Graham Trees and Trail at Matthaei Botanical Gardens. As an intern, your work helps to sustain the important natural areas and beautiful gardens that are so critical to our mission. If you’re a donor, member, or are interested in supporting our internship program, visit our Student Support Giving page.

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