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You are the Heart of Wellness GIFTS

Each year we search out 6 to 10 dynamic, talented, flexible, compassionate young adults to serve on our intern team during our summer Retreat sessions. Our intern program is designed to give young adults the opportunity to lead and learn in a variety of ways: Interns practice program planning, design, and execution. They learn about working effectively with children, teens, and adults with special needs. Our interns support the various aspects of our families with children with special needs. They are mentored by seasoned Wellness GIFTS family members, who help them to identify and nurture their gifts. All of our staff, interns, and volunteers learn to live and practice care for the special needs community.

Our intern program is a great way to gain practical experience in various forms of the special needs community; this is also a great internship for those interested in outdoor education, teaching, psychology, human services or social work. Many of our interns/volunteers are pursuing degrees in related fields and enjoy the unique experience & skills that come from serving at our day retreats. We are intentional about developing the leadership skills AND gifts of our interns, and creating a unique and supportive staff family at day retreat.  To top it off, interns get to spend the summer day at one of our day retreat locations.
We hope you’ll join us; working at camp is the BEST way to spend your summer! 

Intern Program Details:

  • Timeframe: All-day retreat programs will be in the same location during the summer. 
  • Training day will be held with staff and volunteers to build relationships and expand knowledge of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Day retreat dates are in June,  July,  August, and September. Interns that work all retreats will receive special recognition.
  • Compensation: Wellness GIFTS provides all necessary training, plus meals during the day retreat.
  • We are happy to work with your educational institution to help you get school credit for your internship. If you are interested, please let us know.

Desired Traits & Requirements:

  • Have a love of camping, people, and the outdoors.
  • Demonstrate the desire and ability to work with children with special needs.
  • Be an enthusiastic and caring person.
  • You must be 18 years or older.
  • Provide your own transportation to/from our retreat locations.
  • References are requested. You will be asked to have an adult fill out a reference form. We recommend a teacher or a supervisor rather than a relative or someone with whom you live. This can be done through email or over the phone.  
  • If you are 18 or older, you must have a background check. This is provided, at no cost to you, through our agency.
  • You will need to attend a training session (meal included).
are you ready to make a difference?

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Other Ways to Help…

​Share your time and talents with us!
  • Are you the type of person who likes to work on specific projects?
  • Would you be interested in promoting Wellness GIFTS in your local community?
  • Are you a presenter or instructor?
  • Do you have marketing or fundraising experience?
  • Interested in becoming a member of our Board of Directors or a Committee Member?
  • Would you like to help with Administrative Tasks or complete an internship with the Director?
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