Hannah INHF intern at Quigley-Slattery Heritage Prairie


Intern at INHF

In 1986, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation hired its first intern. This year, 20+ interns will shape the landscape of Iowa and leave a lasting impact on Iowa’s conservation community.

About INHF internships

INHF offers several paid internships ranging from communications to land stewardship opportunities. Descriptions of individual internships can be found in the navigation links above.

INHF relies on the hard work and initiative interns bring to the team — interns at INHF work on important projects and are immersed in a professional work experience. Interns write news releases and grant applications, as well as design our yearly member wall calendar and restore prairies and natural landscapes. 

While at INHF, interns build their portfolios, gain valuable knowledge about Iowa’s natural environment, learn about the operations of a successful nonprofit and are welcomed as part of the team.

Eligibility requirements

Interns must be attending an Iowa college or university, and/or graduated from an Iowa high school. Non-students are not eligible for our internships. All levels — even freshman and grad students — may apply. Office interns should be able to work a minimum of 12 hours/week during the spring and fall semesters. Summer interns generally work 35-40 hours/week.

If you have questions about these eligibility requirements, contact us before applying.

Supporting INHF interns

Our internships are sponsored by individual INHF members, the Robert R. Buckmaster internships, and funded by the R.J. McElroy Trust, the Rose Mary Schwent Internship fund, the Richard “Sandy” Rhodes Internship fund and the Svare Family Internship fund. If you would like to sponsor INHF’s internship program, find more information here.

Below, hear four former INHF interns describe their experiences.