Thanks for taking the time to investigate this unique internship opportunity. Without the volunteer efforts of our interns, we could not reduce the cost of construction, and thus would not be able to provide affordable homes. Participating in the internship program is a great opportunity to learn natural building skills, serve in the effort of affordable housing, and build life long friendships. But don't take our word for it – hear from former interns in the video below:
We are currently building in Moab, UT. We have also built in Bluff, UT and Gunnison and Mount Crested Butte, CO.
Our Moab program operates two five-month semesters. Interns must be able to commit to the entirety of the semester. Exact dates depend on the year, but rough semester outlines are below:
Spring | February -- June
Fall | mid-July – mid-December
What We Provide
EDUCATION While many natural building workshops and programs can cost thousands of dollars, we provide the education at no cost to interns.
HOUSING + $100 MONTHLY FOOD STIPEND Bulk foods are also kept stock at the house to help supplement food costs. Our campus is a communal living environment, equipped with internet, furniture, cookware, and washing machines. We can house up to 17 interns – it's cozy, but the house and relationship amongst the cohort is consistently a highlight for interns.
INCLUSIVITY We provide a safe and balanced learning environment for everyone who walks through our door. We are very focused on offering an equal opportunity to women and members of the LGBTQIA community wishing to enter the construction field. Click here to learn more about how we are creating a level building field.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
In exchange for education and housing, interns put in 40 hours per week on the job site, building, and learning daily under the guidance of our expert natural building instructors. Our program is very comprehensive, with interns contributing to the foundation, frame walls, install bales, apply a variety of natural plasters, pour 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 build and will gain an unparalleled amount of natural and conventional construction experience. Additionally, the experience is occasionally supplemented with workshops, conferences, and field trips. There are no graded assignments, tests, or readings.
Our program is very team-oriented. Interns work together onsite and live together in a home provided by CR. They often get to know our homeowners as they work with them side by side in the creation of their home. Similarly, because the place we build is located in a wonderful, unique community, interns have many opportunities to make new friends, volunteer with other awesome organizations, and invest a little piece of themselves into the Moab community. These partnerships are important to our organization which is based on the understanding that we are all neighbors; we support each other and build community.
Hear directly from our Fall 2017 crew in this video highlighting the build process from start to finish:
Community Rebuilds completed construction on a two-story intern bunkhouse in January 2019. This house was constructed by CR interns and alumni and reflects each of their creativity in the plaster details seen around the house. We are happy to house our Moab interns in this 8 bedroom, 5 bath straw bale masterpiece. We welcome 16 new residents to this home every semester. See the photos below for a peek inside.
EXPECTATIONS & QUALIFICATIONS
Interns must be at least 18 years of age.
Interns must commit to the full semester.
Interns must have personal health insurance or a financial plan for medical costs as CR is not liable.
Interns are required to work 40 hours a week onsite, and should view this experience as a job.
Interns are responsible for getting themselves to and from the work site. There are some bikes available at the Moab campus.
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 hammer.
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!
Interns must reside in the housing provided by Community Rebuilds while participating in a CR program. Exceptions can be made on rare occasions.
LEAVING THE PROGRAM EARLY
Any intern who leaves the program early is required to make a compensation payment of $1,000 to Community Rebuilds. These funds are used to hire labor to replace the absent student intern. In order to ensure payment, we require each intern to provide us with credit card information or $1,000 in the form of a check upon signing contract. Credit cards are charged and checks are cashed only if the intern leaves the program early. In some cases, 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.
OPPORTUNITIES AFTER THE INTERNSHIP
Many interns grow into build apprentices or other staff positions within Community Rebuilds. We also connect alumni of our program to construction jobs or hiring subcontractors in Moab and surrounding communities. Many contractors or individuals seeking natural builders to hire will contact us to get in touch with our alumni. Upon graduating our program, you will join an incredible group of alumni working on nifty projects all over the world!
Interested in joining Community Rebuilds in a different capacity? Check out our administrative positions!