Spring & Summer Internships 2013
A Cooperative Internship Program Between Midwest Permaculture and Center for Sustainable Community (501-C3)
Apply Now – Accepting Qualified Students as Applications Arrive
Get a Foundational Permaculture Education with Hands-on Experience
Join us for a 4 or 6 week summer internship session to learn an amazing amount about permaculture while getting plenty of hands-on experience as we begin to implement our 8.7-acre Permaculture Design.
Sessions for 2013
Choose from one (or more) of the following:
I have been most impressed with the care given in developing my knowledge base of those areas I have a particular interest in.” MK – Intern 2013
What is Included in Each Internship
- A Permaculture Design Course with Certificate
- The Foundations of Permaculture Webinar Series (Part of the PDC)
- Emphasis in education with hands-on experiences
- All food and camping space (bring your own tent)
- One-on-one design assistance on your own permaculture project (with MWP Teaching Staff – if you wish)
- The experience of living and participating in a vibrant community
About our Program
Work along side of us as we develop the systems and resources for resilient and abundant living. On the heels of a Permaculture Design Course, you will join us and become part of the force of the community in day-to-day work and in bringing to life our permaculture design on the 8.7-acre property of Center for Sustainable Community (CSC).
The purpose of this program is to combine formal training (via a Permaculture Design Course) with practical experience in implementing a permaculture design, growing food, and homesteading with the community. Interns will leave with an internationally-recognized PDC Certificate and have the added option of spending time working on their own projects (both land-based and social projects) with coaching from our lead teachers.
Participants will work hard, share in the bounty they help to create, and emerge with a much higher level of competency and confidence in their life skills and understanding of the applicability of permaculture in their lives and communities.
This program is based in rural Stelle, IL. You choose the time period best suited for you. Structurally, Stelle is a typical suburban town; socially, it attracts those with an enthusiasm for sustainable design, solar energy, lifelong learning, and co-operative enterprises. It was designed in the 1970’s as an intentional community; in 1982, Stelle restructured as an open, conventional homeowner’s association, as it is today. The non-profit, Center for Sustainable Community, and business, Midwest Permaculture, are both based in Stelle, and have partnered to create the internship program.
The first week of the program will be a Permaculture Design Course taught through Midwest Permaculture. The PDC course typically include 10-25 students and covers the foundations of permaculture design in a lively and interactive way. For more information about our Permaculture Design Courses, click here. Those already holding certification in the form of a PDC are eligible to take the course at a reduced rate (see below) or opt to arrive after the PDC has ended.
Following the course, interns will move into planning and preparation for the hands-on portion in the following weeks; we will try to focus your involvement in projects based on your interests and talents. For instance, if your interest lies in broiler chickens, we will plan to focus your efforts in that area. The CSC has set several goals to accomplish during the year, so the hands-on period will include work in any of the following areas:
- Caretaking, harvesting, and seed collecting with our community-supported farm
- Building a bath house out of natural materials with rocket mass hot water heater and composting toilets
- Taking part in a chicken co-op, from brooding to holistic grazing to on-site harvest
- Converting an orchard into a food forest by planting, mulching, and earthworks
While your work will focus on two or three areas, we will educate you on all of these projects—why we’re doing them, how they’re going to work, and what will be needed to accomplish them. For more information on the CSC design, click here. During this time, your hours will be task-based and irregular depending on what needs to be done that week; we ensure weekly days off for everyone’s health, safety and good spirits.
Part of the Community
As part of the Stelle community, interns will also be involved in our efforts to share resources and build resilience and skill sets. We cultivate both traditional homesteading skills (canning, fermenting, brewing, beekeeping, and baking/cooking) and modern homesteading skills (website development, social media outreach, and video and film production). You will have an inside look at what is involved in running a non-profit organization with invitations to all events, gatherings, and possibly some conferences. We also look forward to learning from what you might have to contribute!
Sessions for 2013 (again)
The Fees Charged for these Internship
The emphasis of our internships are educational and include hands-on experience. Our students are not left out in a field to weed all day. What we charge for these educational opportunities is based on what it costs us for your stay here, including all food, camping space, water, electricity (internet), staff support, and maintenance supplies. Lodging in a private room is available for an additional $75 per week. Call Becky for details and reservations. In special circumstances, we can discuss payments and time frame modification. Again, call Becky at Midwest Permaculture (815-256-2215).
Students who already have earned their PDC Certificate are eligible to take the preceding Design Course as a refresher for a 33% discount. PDC graduates of our Midwest Permaculture course can audit the training again for 50% off.
Is this a Good Fit for Me?
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” –Ghandi
If you are looking for a way to gain practical knowledge in transitioning to a sustainable lifestyle, this is your place. If you envision a time when humanity will be able to meet its needs without harming the planet (and even improve it!), and want to help discover and design the path there, this is your place. If you want to change paradigms in small but steady steps, this is your place. You will gain immensely from this training and we welcome you!
Download and fill out this application and return by email or US mail. There is no charge for submitting an application. Each application will be reviewed upon receipt; telephone interviews may be arranged soon afterwards for some applicants. Qualified applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, so interested individuals are encouraged to apply as early as possible. If accepted, a $200, non-refundable deposit is due to hold one’s place. Full payment is due on or before the beginning of the training. Financial details can be worked out with Becky at MWP (email or call 815-256-2215).