Hidden Villa’s internship program fosters the next generation of educators, farmers, and nonprofit leaders. Our program excels at this because we provide much more than a simple job experience. Interns live onsite for a minimum of nine months receiving hands on experiential job training in addition to attending weekly classes, professional development opportunities, and completing an independent project with a specialized mentor.
Our multifaceted internship experience is designed to provide you with the training, support, and experience that will help you to begin achieving your career goals. We look for applicants who are dedicated to their own career development and are clear about how this program will support their growth.
Each Monday is reserved for our entire intern cohort to learn together from our senior staff through courses highlighting each area of onsite expertise. Currently these courses include units on Organic Farming, Horticulture, Animal Husbandry, Nonprofit Management, and Native Ecology. Interns also receive career counseling and build their professional development paths through their selection of conferences, college courses, workshops and seminars to compliment the career skills they are building. Each intern is also given the opportunity to address any additional skills they would like to grow by selecting, or creating, their own independent project which will be overseen by a corresponding mentor based on the focus of the project.
IThe majority of our interns live in communal housing with the exception of the journeyman farmer who resides in a single cabin. Interns are divided into two houses; the White House and the Creek House. Our housing provides a combination of single and double rooms. Each house has common areas including full kitchen, living room, and outdoor space. Responsibilities for house chores and upkeep as well as farm chores are shared among the cohort. Eggs, meat, and produce from the farm are provided seasonally while bulk staple items are provided monthly as of fall 2015. Any supplemental food purchases will be the responsibility of the individual intern or the intern community.
Youth Development, Environmental Education and Public Program Interns will work as a part of our summer counseling staff and will have an opportunity to apply to be a summer camp Program Head or summer camp Auxiliary Staff. We offer camp programs for youth ages 6-17.
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