Sunday, November 08, 2009

Looking for a New Internship

As anyone who has read my blog in the past couple of days knows, I did not get the internship with the Bullock Homestead that I was hoping for.  I'm sure it is a pretty competitive process, and since I'm still a relative new-comer to permaculture, I'll probably have better luck next year.

This brings me to my next dilemma though.  I was definitely banking on getting that internship, and I've structured my life so that I'd be able to leave the "real world" for 7 months and go up to Orcas Island.  So now I have a mindset for 2010 that involves some kind of long-term permaculture internship, and since that has been my thinking for the past 5 months, it's hard to turn around and think "well, I'll just start on a regular career and figure it out some other way."  This is where I need some help.

I've been looking for alternatives to the Bullock Homestead where I could be a long-term intern.  I prefer to find a place in western Oregon or Washington, and anywhere close to the Portland area would be perfect.  Does anyone know of a good homestead where I might be able to land an internship?  Preferably I'd like to take one from someone who also offers a PDC and might be willing to trade me a PDC for a little extra intern work.  Does anyone know of any permaculture schools that offer a long-term internship that includes a PDC?

I'd also be willing to take an internship with anyone who has a less "official" permaculture homestead, as long as you would be ok with sharing your surplus and a tent space with me.  I budgeted about $200 a month for the Bullock internship, so that would be the most I'd be able to afford to pay you a month for various expenses, since I have a few other bills I'll have to be paying until at least June.  If any of my readers in the NW want to "room and board" me that would be an awesome way for you to share your surplus a little bit.  I'd be happy to exchange my labor, good humor, and devilish good looks (see, there's an example of my humor right there... have you seen my profile picture?) in return for your permaculture knowledge, some delicious permaculture food, and some ground to sleep on.  Contact me if this is something you might be able to do, and we can discuss the details.

If anyone has any suggestions for "official" permaculture schools, or thinks they might be interested in hosting me, please feel free to contact me with a comment on the blog, with an email, through Twitter, or using my Google Voice link (the button for that is on the right sidebar, a little lower than this, and it's anonymous if you want it to be, so try it out!).


  1. Well Kyle sorry about the Bullock gig, why not do some research here...

    I am sure by contacting the PRI USA they should be able to assist you. Also make sure you work the forum on the same site as well. Good luck with your permaculture adventures!

  2. You might also try the list of intentional communities-

    And don't rule out WWOOF.

  3. Thanks for your suggestions! I've been looking into them all day today. I also just received an email from the Bullock's intern coordinator saying they're behind schedule, so I'm still in the running for that! Woohoo!