Internship Programs

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2021 BACT High School Summer Internship Program

We will have two sessions from 9am-noon, June 7-11th and June 14-18th. Space is limited.  On your application  in the last question please indicate which session you prefer or if you  are flexible.  


This internship provides a hands-on opportunity to explore, learn, and participate in a variety of scientific methods utilized in the environmental field.

Projects May Include:

Experiments and in the field projects include topics of soil, water, native plants and the benefits of nature.(Check out the intern presentations from last year!)

Time Commitment:

  • In the field at one of our preserves in Barrington: June 7-11 or June 14-18 9am – Noon.
  • Additional ongoing citizen science project throughout the summer during your own time.
  • Intern Recognition and Presentations August 17th, 6-7:30pm Far Field Nature Preserve

The internship is unpaid and provides invaluable experience for your college resume as well as insight into possible career opportunities.


Outdoors at Pederson or Far Field Nature Preserve located in Barrington, IL.

Who is eligible?

To be considered, you must be:

  • A current high school student, including incoming freshmen through seniors who graduate the spring immediately before the program.
  • Must commit to program dates and times.
  • Completed applications must be received by April 15.
  • Space is limited to 8 applicants per session.
  • Applicants will be interviewed via zoom after their application is received.


  • *$50 fee to cover the cost of supplies – payable upon acceptance into program*

*Please contact our office if your student requires financial assistance.


How to apply:

Use your application to tell us who you are. In particular, we want to know about your strengths, interests and experiences in these areas:

  • Interest in ecology or environmental topics.
  • Experience and interest in spending time outdoors.
  • Leadership skills and/or responsibility.
  • Participation with extracurricular groups or volunteer organizations.