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Practical Primitive Internship Program

We are currently seeking Interns for 2013 to assist with the
day-to-day aspects of running Practical Primitive.

We have several projects we wish to get started on once the Winter snows subside, including:

  • Clean-up from Hurricane Sandy!
  • Expanding the path system througout the property
  • Creating dedicated shelter, camping and sit-spot locations
  • Expansion of our natural spring water catchement systerm
  • Building new garden bed areas
  • and much more.
Since these are very physically oriented projects, successful applicants for this term must be comfortable using power tools, including, but not limited to, chainsaws, weed eaters, brush busters, drills and lawnmowers. (Don't worry if you haven't used them all, just don't be afraid of using them!) Successful applicants must also have a level of fitness that will allow them to dig, haul and chop, as required. We don't care if you are a man or woman, if you are 18 or 80 — if you are ready to work and ready to learn we want to see your application!

About the Internship Program

Designed in the style of a work-exchange program, our Internship is meant to allow successful applicants the time to participate in workshops and to practice and perfect their skills, while also learning what it takes to run a successful primitive skills-style business. Based on a "one-for-one" model, Interns will earn one workshop day for each 8 hours of work they put in here at the school.

This will include lending a hand in all areas, including (but not limited to):

  • Workshop preparation, assistance and clean-up
  • Indoor & Outdoor facility maintenance
  • Yard work
  • Shetler building/maintenance
  • Phone calls
  • E-mails
  • Filing
  • General administrative and office assistance
  • Representing Practical Primitive at Special Events
  • Anything else that needs doing

And believe me, we've got lots that needs doing!

If you are interested in becoming a Practical Primitive Intern, the application is at the bottom of the page, but please read through the following information first:

Q. Is there a minimum or maximum age restriction?
A. You must be at least 18 years of age in order to apply, however this is not strictly a "student" position. We are an equal opportunity company and are willing to work with anyone who is eager, trustworthy and motivated. We have no upper age limit and encourage anyone who may be interested to apply, so long as you feel physically capable of helping out in lots of different ways.

Q. Is lodging provided?
A. No, this is not an "on-site" position at this time and you will be responsible for making your own living arrangements.

Q. Will I be compensated?
A. This is a work-exchange style of Internship. Interns will earn one workshop day for each eight hours of work they put in at Practical Primitive. Hours will be kept track of on a log sheet that will be filled in daily and must by signed by both you and Julie before you leave each day.

Q. How long does the Internship last?
A. We are currently seeking 2013 Interns to begin once the Winter weather subsides (beginning mid-March), and stay on through the end of Summer, as well as Interns to being later in the Spring and Summer and work with us through the end of Fall.
We prefer minimum 6 month Internships, but will accommodate shorter terms for those on summer break from school or those who can not commit to a full 6 month program for other reasons. All short-term Internship requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 3 months is the minimum length that we will consider.

Q. Do I have to use all of my workshop credit hours during my Internship?
A. No, your workshop credit hours will extend beyond your Internship for the same length of time as you were in the program. Therefore, if you completed a six month Internship, your credit hours will be valid for an additional six months after your term ends; for a three month Internship, your credits will be valid for the three months immediately following your term.

Q. When does the Internship begin?
A. We are currently seeking Interns to begin in mid-March/early April and in May. If you are not available until a later date, please still submit your application! We will be looking for candidates regularly throughout the year and there is space on the application for you to tell us when, and for how long, you will be available.

Q. How many hours a week?
A. We are looking for a part-time Intern to work between 15 and 20 hours per week, on a pre-determined schedule agreed upon in advance. However we can be flexible, so if you have less availability just let us know on your application.

Q. Do I need to have taken workshops with you to apply?
A. While it is not mandatory to have attended workshops, preference may be given to applicants we have had the opportunity to meet and get to know, whether through workshops, attendance at Open Skills Nights, or through other means. If we have never met, but you submit an excellent and compelling application that piques our interest, you will be required to come for an in-person interview and a "group" event (such as an Open Skills Night) before we will consider your for the Internship program.

Q. Then what ARE the qualities you are looking for in an Intern?
A. We are seeking an Intern who is reliable, trustworthy, honest, friendly, helpful, curious, eager, self-motivated, can see what needs doing and does it, does not require someone constantly looking over their shoulder, finishes what they start, cleans up after themselves, enjoys being around people, likes to try new things, is not afraid to fail, and most of all, has an honest desire to learn and practice these skills because they are fun and fascinating part of our history and heritage that enriches us all and can help connect us to the Earth make the world a better place.

All Interns will be required to conduct themselves according to the following Code of Conduct. Successful applicants will be required to sign a copy of the Code prior to beginning their Internship, and will be held to account throughout the full course of their term.

  • Practical Primitive is an all-inclusive school and we work hard to make sure that each and every person who attends our workshops, Open Skills Nights and other events feels welcome and at home and among friends, regardless of age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or any visible or non-visible difference. Interns will be expected to maintain a friendly demenor at all times during workshops and events, and be social with all students, ensuring that no one feels unwelcome or ill-at-ease.
  • When assisting with workshops or representing Practical Primitive during Open Skills Nights or other Events, Interns are expected to comport themselves a fellow student, not as an Instructor. You will NOT be expected to "know everything" or to assist beyond your own level of skills experience. You WILL be expected to say "I don't know" when you don't know — after all, you are in this program so that you can learn!
  • All Interns will be expected to maintain a well-groomed and appropriately professional appearance. Clean clothes and proper hygiene will be required during workshops, Opens Skills Nights and any other events at which you are representing Practical Primitive.
  • Romantic relationships with students are not a part of this Internship. If you meet someone with whom you feel a "special connection" you will be expected to behave in a strictly professional manner until the end of your Internship.
  • Drug use will not be tolerated. Any Intern found to be engaging in the use of illegal or recreational drugs on any level will be immediately expelled from the program and any credit hours will become void.
  • Sexual harassment, degrading or demeaning speech or inappropriate behavior of any sort toward students, guests, friends or staff will not be tolerated on any level and will result in immediate expulsion from the program and any credit hours will become void.
  • Theft, or any other illegal activity, will not be tolerated on any level and will result in immediate dismissal from the program and any credit hours will become void.
  • Equality is one of the hallmarks of our Mission at Practical Primitive, and all Interns will be expected to uphold that ideal on every level.
  • We do these things because they are fun!


Internship Program Application

If you've read through all of the above information and decided I Want To Be An Intern for Practical Primitive (and we hope you have!) then we want to hear from you! Please fill out the form below thoughtfully and in it's entirety. No matter how well we may or may not know you already, we will be using the answers you provide to make our decisions.
If you prefer to write by hand instead of on a keyboard, please print this PDF version of the application to mail in.
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Thanks for your application — we will e-mail you to let you know it was received
and we look forward to getting to know you better!