Permaculture Internship

    The Permaculture Internship focuses on the hands-on development of ecological design skills involved in regenerative food production systems.

    Permaculture Interns reading a book on plant patterns

    Permaculture Interns are the field agents and food producers within our Lifelong Learning program. Interns learn a life-enriching design philosophy and practice an ecologically mindful way of being.

    Course Overview

    Under the guidance of Shane Brill, the Permaculture Intern explores permaculture methods ranging from apiary management to wildcrafting. Film viewings and readings will supplement weekly seminar meetings. Research and design will lead to real-world project implementation. Interns have opportunities to meet food producers, local environmental advocates, develop horticultural and herbal expertise, and discover insights into the connection between personal and environmental wellbeing.   

    Permaculture Interns preparing food for the May Day Celebration

    Topics Covered

    Aquaculture, composting, edible landscaping, ethnobotany, food security, medicinal herbs, natural building, and resiliency skills; energy conservation technologies; land restoration techniques; food forests, plant guilds, and gardens for self-sufficiency; patterns in nature and culture; principles of natural systems; social justice and community activism; sustainable design methodologies; water harvesting techniques; wildlife management and biological pest control.

    Permaculture Interns on a foraging walk

    Required Workday Attendance

    Interns must be available Fridays at 3pm for Campus Garden workdays, with additional flexibility to attend special workshops and trainings. 

    Permaculture Interns learn functions of wild plants Internship Opportunities

    Interns will have priority registration for cocurricular programs relating to culinary wellness, foraging, herbal medicine, and more. Interns can also get resources to develop projects of personal interest, have access to a permaculture library, and enjoy use of a fully outfitted campus kitchen. 

    Student Responsibilities

    This unpaid, non-credit bearing internship consists of 70 work hours, or about 5 hours per week. Responsibilities include:

    • Conduct weekly sector analysis of a campus landscape and use the permaculture methodology to develop and implement a design to improve its functionality.
    • Maintain a journal of activities and participate in discussion-based seminar.
    • Read Practical Permaculture and watch assigned permaculture films.
    • Develop 5 plant research profiles for publication on the Food Initiative website. 
    • Produce earth oven pizzas with wild green toppings for a fall Homecoming celebration at the Campus Garden, and host a Flocktoberfest program for alumni and friends with fresh pretzels and herbal beverages. 
    • Support community programming on campus related to food and environmental literacy.

    Fall 2024 Application 

    To apply, please complete the application (MS Word) by August 1, 2024.

    Align with Nature

    Learn more about how the permaculture toolkit and philosophy inspires sustainability efforts on campus.

    Permaculture Interns

    Spring 2024

    Nick Gardner '25
    Logan Monteleone '27
    Kit Yim '24

    Fall 2024

    Nikelsy Urena '26

    Spring 2023

    Jessica Barr '26
    Allie Michaud '24

    Fall 2022

    Maura Collins '26
    Alex Heim '24
    Hannah McCarthy '23
    Jo Perkins '24

    Spring 2022

    Rachel Beall '25
    Sophie Esdale '24
    Alex Heim '24
    Hannah McCarthy '23
    Holly Myers '23
    Grace Paquin '24
    Jo Perkins '24

    Spring 2020
    Marianne Herbst ’23
    Alexa Reed ’20

    Fall 2019
    Max Moore ’22

    Fall 2018
    Kai Clarke ’20
    Casey Lockard ’20
    Kelsey McNaul ’19

    Summer 2018
    Carson Thomas ’19

    Spring 2018
    Emily Castle ’18
    Melia Greene ’20
    Nicole Hatfield ’21
    Doug Kurtz ’21 
    Callie McMaster ’21
    Julia Portmann ’19
    Alex Sabo ’20