offers internship semesters in two communities: Moab, UT, and Gunnison, CO.
Each semester invites up to eight student interns, under the direction of a
licensed contractor and natural building experts, to build a straw bale home
from foundation to finish in five months. Student
interns will pour the foundation, frame walls, install bales, apply a variety
of natural plasters, pour the adobe floors, learn about electrical, plumbing, solar photovoltaics and permaculture and take part in many other activities necessary to the completion of
a home. Semesters are subject to some variability, as the schedule of any
build is dependent on many factors, such as weather and unforeseeable build
challenges. However, we assure that you will be an integral part of the current
build and will gain an unparalleled amount of natural and conventional
construction experience. Additionally, though our internship program
primarily consists of onsite, hands-on learning, the experience is occasionally
supplemented with workshops, conferences, and field trips. There are no
graded assignments, tests, or readings.
program is very team-oriented. Student interns work together onsite and live
together in a home provided by CR. They often get to know our selected
homeowners quite well and may even get to work with them side by side in the
creation of their home. Similarly, because our CR chapters are located in wonderful,
unique communities, student interns have many opportunities to make new
friends, perhaps volunteer with other awesome organizations, and invest a
little piece of themselves into our CR communities. These partnerships are
important to our organization which is based on the understanding that we are
all neighbors ready to support each other and make our community better.
Semester February 1st to June 30th
Semester July 15th to December 15th- Accepting Applications NOW
Semester May 15th to October 15th
Expectations and Qualifications
- Student Interns must be at least 18
years of age.
- Student Interns must commit to the
- Student Interns must have personal health ininsurance or a financial plan for medical costs as CR is not liable.
- Student Interns are required to work
40 hours a week onsite.
- Student Interns are responsible for getting
themselves to and from the work site. There are some bikes available at the campus.
- Student Interns are expected to
supply a number of tools for their personal use onsite. This includes, but
is not limited to, the following: tape measure, speed square, utility knife and
- Student Interns must be able to lift
at least 30 pounds, work outdoors in variable weather, maintain a good attitude
and be willing to get dirty!
- Student Interns must reside in the
housing provided by Community Rebuilds while participating in a CR
program. Exceptions can be made on rare occasions.
Fees and Compensation
Rebuilds is unique among natural building organizations in that we offer internship programs free of cost to student interns
who complete the semester in full. In addition, as compensation for
their time commitment, student interns receive a food stipend of $100 per month, (bulk food items will also be provided) and free communal lodging. The
housing provided for student interns contains the following amenities: internet,
furniture, washing machine and cookware.
Community Rebuilds offers our student interns undergraduate
or graduate credit through a partnership with Utah State University. Credits
are awarded through the Department of Environment and Society. However, if
you wish to obtain credit at a school in which you are already enrolled, we are
happy to work with you toward this goal.
Leaving the CR Program Early
intern who leaves the program early is required to make a compensation payment
of $1000 to Community Rebuilds. These funds are used to hire labor to replace
the absent student intern. In order to insure payment, we require each student intern
to provide us with credit card information or $1000 in the form of a check at
the beginning of the semester. Credit cards are charged and checks are cashed
only if the student intern leaves the program early. In some cases, student
interns may be excused from the program without penalty. Cases are
reviewed by the CR staff and board to determine whether they qualify for early
leave without penalty. This policy is not meant to intimidate you.
If you are concerned about your ability to commit to an entire semester,
please communicate with us.