In 2021 AdkAction created the Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship Program to honor the legacy of past Board Chair Tom Boothe, who passed away unexpectedly in October 2020 at the age of 71. Tom was known for bringing friends from around the world to introduce them to the immense natural beauty of the Adirondack Park, and was particularly motivated to engage young people in the work of making a positive impact on our region’s communities.
To honor Tom’s commitment to serving the people of the Adirondacks, as well as his enthusiasm for enjoying the outdoors, the paid internship provides opportunities for both professional growth and recreational exploration of the region.
Each summer’s intern will spend up to ten weeks working alongside AdkAction staff, board, and volunteers while spearheading a sub-project in one of AdkAction’s major project areas.
Interns will gain practical experience in nonprofit project development and implementation, and professional skills for future career success. A variety of recreational opportunities will also be made available through the Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship, such as guided paddling/biking/hiking excursions, visits to cultural sites in the Adirondacks, meetings with local leaders, and tours of AdkAction project sites. The internship is designed to allow the intern enough flexibility and time to truly experience and enjoy the immense beauty of the Adirondacks that Tom Boothe loved.
AdkAction is funding the Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship with donations that have been made in Tom’s memory by individuals and organizations in the community. If you would like to designate a donation for the internship program may do so here:
About the Internship
Applications for the 2021 Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship are now closed. The 2022 Application process will begin in January.
Students enrolled in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college, as well as recent college graduates, are eligible to apply for the Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship.
Each year’s intern will be guided in the development and implementation of an individualized subproject within one of AdkAction’s major project areas:
Students currently enrolled in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college, as well as recent college graduates, are eligible to apply for the 2021 Tom Boothe Adirondack Internship.
The selected 2021 intern will be guided in the development and implementation of an individualized subproject within one of AdkAction’s major project areas:
Who may apply: Students currently enrolled in their sophomore, junior, or senior year of college (or equivalent credit hours), or recent college graduate. The successful applicant will be engaged in a field of study related to AdkAction focus areas–the protection of clean water and the environment, community revitalization, habitat protection, food systems/security, or rural development. The applicant will also have experience engaging in community service, and an interest in affecting real change. The applicant must have a valid driver’s license and personal transportation. AdkAction is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes a diverse pool of candidates.
How to apply: Applications accepted via email only. Submit the following as a single pdf by email to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A cover letter that clearly states your reasons for pursuing this internship and what you hope to gain toward achieving your career goals.
- A proposal describing your approach to advancing one of our existing project areas through a sub-project. You can download a .docx proposal template here.
- Your current resume.
- If currently enrolled: your academic transcript (unofficial is OK).
Include your last name in the file name of your application. Please include “Boothe Adirondack Internship” in the subject line of your email. In addition, arrange to have two letters of recommendation, one from a college advisor or professor in the field of your major, emailed to email@example.com by the application deadline. Only on-time, complete applications, including reference letters, will be considered. No phone calls, please.
Duration: ~10 weeks (summer season, May-August; flexible)
Location: Adirondack Park (office located in Keeseville, NY)
Compensation: $4500 Stipend ($15.00/hour, 30 hours/week); provided housing or $1500 housing allowance; guided recreation opportunities.
Application Deadline: April 16, 2021