Education Internship I


Hidden Villa’s nine-month, full-time, residential internship is our most in-depth place-based, experiential program for young, emerging leaders (ages 18 to 26) who are in the process of discovering the work they want to do in the world. This program immerses nine education interns in the joys and challenges of living on an educational farm and wilderness space, caring for the land and animals while living communally and working in various roles to support Hidden Villa’s programs.

Interns will experiment with learning the values and skills of environmental education, sustainable living, regenerative farming, community building, and systemic change within a 40-staff member, multifaceted, 62-year old nonprofit organization.

Hidden Villa is committed to the vision that everyone deserves a sustainable, healthy, and just future – not just the few and privileged. Through education, reflection, and community building, we will humbly continue to remove barriers and create opportunities that promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive world for all, regardless of background or ability. Our work is far from done. We acknowledge the need to reflect, hold space, and learn from the ways we could have done more. Now, more than ever is the time for action.

As the four areas we wish to impact—climate change mitigation, place-based outdoor education, healthy local food systems, and an anti-racist, just society—contain some of the biggest challenges of our times with no known path to success, we seek learners who are willing to engage the questions and challenges with humility, grace, and in community.


Kids eat food from the garden with environmental education intern

Program Benefits


  • Skill development in behavior and group management with TK-12th graders
  • Experience in lesson planning and curriculum development
  • Enhanced skills in customer service and volunteer engagement
  • Participation in event planning and marketing strategies
  • Exposure to diverse educational models and pedagogies
  • Increased confidence and competence as an educator
  • Familiarity with flora, fauna and general ecology of the Santa Cruz Mountains

Key Responsibilities

  • Co-create a life-giving communal living atmosphere by completing your weekly, rotating household chores and participating in weekly, mandatory house meetings
  • Lead day-long or multi-day Hidden Villa Education Programs
  • Develop and implement curriculum for 8-week, 2-3 hour Covey Education Program
  • Collaborate with fellow interns, teachers, managers, coordinators, volunteers, and parents to create a positive, inclusive environment for our participants
  • Participate in Hidden Villa meetings, community programs, and donor events
  • Perform daily animal chores
  • Attend weekly educational, professional development workshops that focus on the 4 Impact Areas

What Hidden Villa Can Offer the Candidate

This unpaid internship is a full-time,8-9 month, residential program. A stipend of $1050/month is provided in addition to on-site housing. This Internship follows a Monday-Friday schedule. The internship runs about 8 hours each day and start and end times vary slightly from day to day.  There are occasional evening and weekend experiences throughout the internship.  Hidden Villa is a non-smoking environment.  

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter and your current resume to [email protected] with the subject line "Education Intern I - YOUR NAME". Telephone inquiries can be directed to (650) 949-6327. We will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis and hope to conduct interviews in mid July. 

Who Is This For?

  • Committed to the work of our mission and four impact areas
  • Interest in an immersive experience
  • Open to learning and sometimes not knowing 
  • Willing to struggle with the question of what it means to make a difference in our world
  • Able to seek support and offer support to others
  • Willing to examine your capacity, strengths, and challenges to make change within community
  • Have experience working with children in a formal or informal setting
  • Have experience or skills in any of the following: working with diverse populations and language learners, natural history/ecology, gardens, volunteers, wilderness experiences, and creative expression through music/art
  • Willing to build communication skills and the ability to give and receive constructive feedback and guidance
  • Interest and desire to contribute to the world in a positive way and a curiosity about how this is done within an organization