The High Desert Center has hosted 20+ interns since 2005. For the motivated individual this is an incredible opportunity to create a self-designed program in sustainability, to experience a vibrant high desert community, and to make a positive difference. The options in this internship are many, because the High Desert Center works collaboratively with other schools, farms and non-profits in a valley chock full of folks living sustainably. We are also well suited to serving as mentors for students enrolled in other educational programs.
Past interns who have benefited the most were individuals who thrived on autonomy and independence, and were self-starters who showed initiative in establishing their own connections in the greater community.
The summer of 2013, programs will run from July 14th - August 11th. Interns will work six days week in a variety of roles. Some of the time you will be working as a counselor and teacher for local kids at our sustainability camps. Some of the time you will be learning leadership, outdoor , and sustainable living skills in preparation for your role as a counselor. Some of the time you will be working at local organic farms.
Lodging for interns includes a remodeled barn and a straw bale cabin. There is an indoor and an outdoor kitchen, meals will be cooked and shared by the group. Running hot/cold water, laundry, internet are available.
Interns pay their own travel to and from Paonia as well as their own food costs; but, between eating at camps for free and working at farms in exchange for produce, these costs are minimal. We also ask interns to consider making a donation in exchange for adventure and training.
Internships are also available in the spring and fall; these tend to be less group-oriented and are appropriate for people who thrive on their own or in small groups.
To Apply: Please submit a letter of interest that includes: a short introduction of yourself, your motivations/goals for internship, two references, strengths/skills you have to offer.
To see a short essay by a 2012 intern about his experience, go here