AppleSeed Permaculture Internships 2011

Eco-social training for positive systemic world-change

In a Nutshell – Two to three-month internships with AppleSeed Permaculture, a cutting edge regenerative design firm in the mid-Hudson River Valley of New York. Internships run 2 days per week from May 15th to August 15th, and focus on professional permaculture design and eco-social entrepreneurship. The internship offers full immersion and guided mentoring for everything from computer-aided drafting to financial permaculture accounting. This is a unique opportunity – there’s nothing else like it, period. Interns must be self-directed and self-sufficient, organize their own accommodations, and provide their own transportation. Two internships are available, at the cost of $2,000 per intern per month.  Application period March 15th – April 1st, 2011. Please submit a letter of introduction with your personal & professional goals, a 1-2 page resume, and 3 references to design@appleseedpermaculture.com. See below for full details.

NOTE (March 28th): SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE!

AppleSeed Permaculture is extending needs-based scholarships to outstanding internship applicants. In your application, please indicate the amount of money you are able to contribute per month for this unique internship experience.

“This internship was a launching pad for me to dive into doing work I am passionate about for a right livelihood – it empowered me with practical skills and deeper understandings to effectively accomplish my goals.” – Brandy Hall, 2010 Intern, Ashevillage Institute & owner of Shades of Green, Inc.

Who – Self-directed, motivated permaculture designers committed to creating positive ecological and social change in the world. Must have completed a Permaculture Design Certification Course. Computer skills and mac with Adobe Creative Suite are necessary. Preference given to applicants who identify as people of color, native peoples, women, and other constituencies targeted by oppression.

 

What – Action learning internship with AppleSeed Permaculture, a cutting edge regenerative design firm combining disciplines of sustainability to integrate humans into the landscape by designing productive ecosystems for homes, businesses, and communities. Internships are a mix of research and hands-on project-based learning. Interns will learn about all aspects of running a small business while collaborating with professionals in the fields of education, international aid and development, architecture, design, and engineering. Skills learned include über-clear communication, high tech digital design, low-tech field methodology, edible landscape establishment & caretaking, and integral design systems (holistic management, spiral dynamics, eight shields, financial permaculture, and others). The program is flexible, seeking to achieve the learning goals of the intern while meeting the needs of the firm.

 

Internship Session & Topic Areas

Interns may apply for one internship session of two to three months within the May 15th to August 15th window. The primary project areas of the internship are Permaculture Design and Eco-Social Entrepreneurship.

• Permaculture Design – Communities require local food security to thrive in the coming years. The intern helps build community through integrative farm & agriculture research. For example, current clients include a green co-housing development, two production orchards transitioning to permaculture, and diversified organic farms from New York City to Vermont. To get a sense of the work you’ll learn to do, check out the AppleSeed Permaculture Portfolio.

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• Eco-Social Entrepreneurship – Tackle the most complicated issues faced by humanity through innovative enterprises that regenerate ecological and social health. Learn skills for inter- and intra-personal communication, legal and financial business start-up and development, whole-systems marketing, open collaboration enterprise models, and action documentation of ecological, economic, and social solutions to global climate change & peak oil. Interns gain hands-on experience with ecosystemic business management, focusing on collaboration, web 2.0 tools, and social media networking.

“Beyond the skills needed for professional design and making a small business work, the AppleSeed internship gave me the tools and support to create “world change” from the inside, out.” – Mark Angelini, 2010 Intern, owner of Roots to Fruits Ecological Design

Where – The internship will take place in the Hudson River Valley bioregion of the northeastern United States. The AppleSeed Permaculture office is in Stone Ridge, NY. Interns will have the opportunity to live and work on a local permaculture farm for the duration of the internship.

When – Monday & Wednesday, 9:00am – 5:00pm for two-three months, May 15th to August 15th. Application period March 15th – April 1st, 2011. Internships will be awarded on April 15th, 2011.

Why – In working towards sustainability, you must seek leverage points for positive change that work fast and impact large numbers of people. This is a unique opportunity – the internship trains you in systems-thinking, preparing and empowering you for real world action.

How – A mixture of self-directed and collaborative project work. Direct mentoring empowers intern to take on and lead their own projects.

Your Next Steps – If you are interested in an internship position, Please submit a letter of introduction with your personal & professional goals, a 1-2 page resume, and 3 references to design@appleseedpermaculture.com before April 1st, 2011.

NOTE (March 28th): SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE!

AppleSeed Permaculture is extending needs-based scholarships to outstanding internship applicants. In your application, please indicate the amount of money you are able to contribute per month for this unique internship experience.

“The value of my internship with Appleseed Permaculture was immense!  I learned what it takes to be a permaculture design entrepreneur using the best technology, resources, and techniques.  I loved every minute of it and what I learned has been extremely helpful in my new business!” – Evan Schoepke, 2010 Intern, Gaia Punk Design Co-op & Punk Rock Permaculture E-Zine

3 thoughts on “AppleSeed Permaculture Internships 2011

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  2. Hey,

    I’m very interested in the Social Entrepreneurship aspect of what you do. I will be a senior at Marist College. I am studying Psychology and tacking on a minor in business. I am planning on starting a non-for-profit organization in which allows students all over campuses and off campus to tackle social problems. I would love to work for you in some way, form or shape. I am not allowed to take my internship until next year, but I would love, if given the opportunity, to work for you. Please let me know, what I can do to help your movement.

    Zoaya Fatima
    (845) 913-8962

    • Hi Zoaya!

      Great to hear from you, I’d love to connect further about your ideas for Social Entrepreneurship development. I’m working with a number of colleges (like Wesleyan & Skidmore) to bring permaculture to campus — It would be exciting to integrate the Eco-Social Entrepreneurship aspect.

      Until our next round of Internships (2012), I invite you to come to the monthly Rondout Valley Permaculture Meetup and also attend the Northeastern Permaculture Convergence on July 22-24. I look forward to meeting you!

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