Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Internship Applications!

The moment you've been waiting for has finally arrived!  Actually, it's the moment I've been waiting for, to be honest.  The application period for the Bullock Homestead opened on Friday, so I spent this weekend furiously working on my application.  Obviously, I've got a lot riding on getting accepted for that internship.

I haven't spoken about it much recently, so I'll quickly revisit my time-frame for the homestead.  I would like to go to the internship with the Bullocks this coming spring, and purchase my own piece of land by spring of 2011.  I won't consider myself to be an expert in permaculture after just a 7 month internship, but I think it will be enough experience that I can get started on the homestead soon after.  This is why it is very important to me to get accepted this year, the sooner I go, the sooner I can start in earnest.  However, if I don't get accepted this year (which I feel pretty confident I will) it doesn't kill the homesteading idea.  I'll be able to work more and put more money into the Land Fund, and I might even be able to buy my land in summer or fall of 2010.  This would allow me to start my observational period on the land, to get to know it well and begin brainstorming design ideas.  If I am then chosen for an internship with the Bullocks in 2011, I'll be that much more ahead when I'm done at the end of 2011.

Next, another important internship opened up!  I haven't written much about it, but I wanted to take an internship with the Earthship community before I even knew about permaculture.  Their internship application opened yesterday, and I've already sent in my application because they had a web-based form.  The reason I'm very excited about this, but hadn't been talking about it much before, was because it was something I thought I'd have to do after the Bullock Internship because of how long it is.  But, there is an Earthship internship session starting March 1 and going until March 26.  This ends right before the core starting date of Apr 1 on the Bullock homestead.  I was already planning on setting aside March as an internship month, because the Bullocks sometimes let you come early.  So instead, I'll come on time, but with a lot of knowledge about Earthships and sustainable building design.  I'm feeling really confident about getting a spot on this internship, I must've been one of the first few people to apply, I think I put in a great application, and I'm asking to go in the first session, where the weather might not be so great in Taos, NM.

That's all for now, I'll continue to post as I hear more from each place.  If you want more information on the Bullock internship, follow this link.  And if you want to read more about Earthships or find out about their internship, click here.  Wish me luck!

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