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“In a New Light” Therapeutic Nature Photography

Internships at Northwest Passage

Application Deadline: Applications will be reviewed and considered as they are received, so apply as soon as possible. All applications must be submitted by April 1.

Northwest Passage is seeking talented and caring interns whose passion for nature and creative expression is matched only by their motivation to help children.

Serving over 350 children per year, Northwest Passage has been a leading non-profit youth mental health treatment organization since 1978. But don’t let our age fool you. We implement some of the most dynamic and innovative youth programming you’ll find anywhere. “In a New Light” is a groundbreaking program that harnesses the power of art and nature to instill a sense of hope and empowerment in the lives of struggling youth ( With an emphasis on intensive nature photography training, including underwater photography, the program has a dramatic impact not only on the way our youth view themselves, but also on the way the world views them. Millions have witnessed the youths’ accomplishments through PBS and other television, the TED stage, nationwide exhibitions, documentary film, and other media. Northwest Passage is seeking talented and passionate interns who want learn how to design and implement world-class arts and nature-based programming, and become part of our ambitious mission.

Description of the “In a New Light” Internship:

Northwest Passage is seeking 3-4 interns to assist with either boys’ or girls’ therapeutic nature photography and underwater photography programs. Duties include the following:

  • Directly assist with preparation and implementation of experiential arts and nature-based programming. This includes 1-2 full-day nature photography excursions per week.
  • Directly assist with preparation and implementation of up to one underwater photography excursion per week.
  • Potential to design and implement your own arts or nature-based program if desired, based on your personal skills and interests. This may include music, pottery, creative writing, or any other programming you can envision.
  • Assist participants with with photo editing and processing in the digital darkroom.
  • Coordinate digital file management of youths’ photos.
  • Mentor clients through the process of writing creative reflection to accompany their photos.
  • Work alongside experienced and talented staff. Supervision and mentorship provided by program directors and the Expressive Arts Coordinator.
  • Participate in formal training and discussion sessions and a weekly basis.
  • Assist in day-to-day operations of a residential treatment facility.
  • Assist with special projects and community outreach events as necessary.

  • Free housing
  • Stipend of $500 per month
  • Training and mentorship from skilled leaders and innovators
  • Unmatched real-world experience in the fields of mental health, arts programming, and nature-based programming
Required Abilities:

  • Strong communication skills with both youth and adults
  • Ability to connect to youth from highly diverse backgrounds
  • Comfort in working both independently and in an intense team environment
  • Strong detail-oriented organization and planning skills
  • An authentic interest and comfort in nature, including intense wilderness settings
  • An authentic interest and experience in the arts.
  • Photography and/or filmmaking experience is strongly preferred but not required.

How to apply:

Send the following two items to Ian Karl, Experiential Programming Coordinator at

  1. Cover letter stating why you are interested in gaining experience and skills at Northwest Passage
  2. Detailed resume, including work experience

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