2013 Internship Program

The Harwich Conservation Trust (HCT)donation-dedication-21 is pleased to offer four positions in its 2013 Summer Residential Internship Program. In 2012, HCT launched its first residential internships. The overwhelming success of the 2012 program has encouraged the continuation of the program in 2013. This included countless projects that would otherwise not have been completed. We are very grateful to Nathaniel Blichmann, Laura Simmons-Stern, Hannah Rusch and Peter Bolte for their dedication and hard work during their 2012 internships.

The benefits to HCT and the Harwich community are great, but the students are also greatly benefiting from experiential learning. The internships allow the students to work alongside seasoned professionals as they manage the day-to-day affairs of the land trust along with many volunteers who come from a variety of professional backgrounds. The diverse backgrounds of HCT volunteers enhance the intern’s understanding of HCT as well as open space protection and stewardship.

When the students arrive, they will be coordinating the 2nd Annual HCT Tag Sale, which raised over $1000.00 last year. This will be followed with a weeklong intensive orientation that will acclimate the students to their new Harwich home and prepare them for their individual roles for the summer. The interns will work independently, together, and alongside volunteers. The focus of the program is to give students a high quality experiential internship program that helps to advance the land protection, land stewardship and community outreach goals of HCT.

“The Harwich Conservation Trust’s (HCT) internship program gave me a comprehensive and in-depth introduction to the inner-workings of the non-profit sector in conservation. My summer with HCT provided me with valuable experience and skills that will put me ahead in both my career in conservation and my personal life. Outreach & Stewardship Coordinator Ryan Mann, as well as Executive Director Michael Lach, allowed the other interns and I to work in a program that was well-structured but still had the flexibility to cater to each of us individually. It was a privilege to work with all of the HCT staff, trustees, and volunteers that I came to know over the summer.”

Hannah Rusch, 2012 Summer Intern, now a Junior at SUNY ESF in Syracuse, NY

The following internships will focus on land stewardship, outreach and fundraising events.

HCT Land Stewardship Internship

HCT Outreach & Stewardship Internship

HCT Outreach & Events Internship


Due to the high cost of housing on Cape Cod, HCT will provide housing for selected interns.  All interns must have their own car. A small fuel stipend will be provided.

Four interns will be selected from applicants who submit a cover letter and resume by February 27, 2013 via email to hct@cape.com.