Education Outside

by justineh

PICS Organization Name
Education Outside


San Francisco, California 

Weekly Stipend

Public Transportation

Housing Provided

Former Interns
Lisa Sheridan '19

Organization Description
At Education Outside, we're committed to advancing science in public schools, outdoors. We transform school gardens into lush, living laboratories where learning comes naturally. Our innovative program brings science and nature directly into the hands of more than
20,000 schoolchildren each year.

Our organization has sponsored a Princeton intern consecutively for the past few years, who have been an essential part of the team during the summer. The are able to support with projects that staff would otherwise not be able to complete, while providing high quality work.

Internship Description
Our summer internship is created as an additional support to our Development and Program teams. However, day-to-day responsibilities are guided by the interests expressed by the PICS intern, with weekly check-ins conducted by intern supervisor.

This most recent summer, our PICS intern expressed interest in communications, fundraising, and non-profit governance. Based on these interests, our intern supported projects with our Strategic Growth team, Development/Communications team,  and our Program team. With our Strategic Growth team, our intern helped analyze survey data with our VP of Strategic Growth and co-authored a report on their findings. With our Dev/Comm team, our intern established an org-wide method to solicit in-kind donations which yielded more than $1600 worth for the summer alone. With our Program team, our intern supported training prep by refining documents for better use by our instructors, and helped plan logistics for our week-long summer training. 
The PICS internship is heavily guided by the interest and skills of the intern, while supporting projects critical for the organization. It is an opportunity for the PICS intern to work with multiple departments within a fast-growing non-profit, especially as we prepare to take our work to the national scale. Our office staff is a tight-knit group of people and during the summer we often hold team-building opportunities - as an intern, you are considered part of the team. There is opportunity to engage leadership across the organization and learn more about non-profit operations and strategy.

Internship Qualifications

  • An interest or proven support for environmental stewardship or environmental education
  • Alignment with our organization's mission and values
  • Highly organized and ability to balance multiple deadlines
  • Proven experience collaborating across multiple departments and leadership
  • Positive attitude who takes initiative to independently establish responsibilities and desired projects


  • Experience using Microsoft suite
  • Experience or interest in data management and Salesforce
  • Comfortable with cold-calling potential in-kind donors

Expected Start Time
10:00 am

Expected End Time
3:00 pm

Required Dates

Internship Length
8 Weeks

Meets Certificate Requirement

Additional Info
Housing in San Francisco is very competitive, yet possible to find on a stipend. Our current AmeriCorps members receive a modest stipend as teachers and have found housing options through previous members and online resources. Our previous PICS interns have stayed in housing suggested by our AmeriCorps members, who are the best resources we provide to securing housing for the summer.

There is no requirement to do work outside of the designated work hours, unless agreed upon by the intern and supervisor.

There is a requirement for all staff, interns, and volunteers to do a background check, due to the work we do with students and the SF school district. Proof of negative TB test within the past 4 years also required.

Evaluation Excerpt

I connected very strongly with the mission of the organization - connecting children to nature is something I am very passionate about. My goals to focus my attention on the most marginalized and disadvantaged members of society (who are always the most affected by issues such as climate change) as I continue to advocate for protection of the environment.
—Lisa Sheridan '19

To see whether this internship is still accepting applications for 2018, please check the Second Round page.


To read evaluations written by former interns, please contact the
Student Program