Resident Internship positions are available to early-career individuals who have a strong interest in the ceramic arts, culinary arts and/or farming. Craigardan seeks individuals who are actively engaged and productive people who are curious and wish to discover more about the intersections of food, farming, and the arts. Interns are integral members of Craigardan’s community. This is an excellent opportunity for emerging artists and aspiring agriculturalists to gain a wide range of skills in a supportive experiential learning environment, and it can add significantly to a professional resume and portfolio.
Resident Internships are work exchange positions focused on the growth and education of the individual. Each participant receives housing and utilities, a farm share, a monthly materials and class budget, and either studio space, kitchen time, or a land section for their own cultivation in exchange for approximately 30 hours per week of work in the respective area of internship interest and responsibility. Participants are expected to spend an additional 15 hours per week on individual projects and attend all lectures and special programs. The internship program is rigorous, but participants will receive support, encouragement, knowledge, an enriching residency experience and professional development opportunities in return.
Interns receive a private bedroom in one of the shared houses. Each intern is provided a weekly farm-share, harvested fresh from Craigardan’s lands and our partner farms, and are invited to all community meals at Craigardan. Interns are responsible for purchasing additional groceries and preparing the remainder of their own meals in the family-style kitchen. They are encouraged to take time to explore outdoor activities and cultural opportunities in the Adirondacks and in the Champlain Valley: regions known for hiking, rock-climbing, biking, fishing, canoeing and swimming, along with food gatherings, music festivals, and multi-cultural events. Interns are responsible for their personal needs, additional expenses and transportation.
Each internship is a 4 to 6 month position between May 15 and November 15
Farm AND FOOD Internship
The Farm + Food Intern will work directly with the Farm and Kitchen Managers in all aspects of our small-scale, working farm from seedling to plated meal. This position allows aspiring farmers to gain valuable insight into the day-to-day operations of a diversified farm. Interns will gain technical skills, academic knowledge, and hands-on experience through hard, rewarding work. They will study sustainable food production, seasonal food preparation and preservation, and land stewardship as they become ambassadors for a more sustainable food culture.
- 5+ hours of work per day, six days per week on the farm and in the kitchen under the direction of the farm and kitchen managers; hours will include some weekends and special events
- 15 hours of personal work per week [minimum] dedicated to the research and implementation of an Intern's individual project
- working with animals, planting and harvesting vegetables, weeding, and building/maintaining infrastructure improvements
- help plan and prepare up to three meals each week for the Craigardan community (staff and residents) and special events
- assist with cooking and farming workshops
- assist with preserving seasonal harvests using root cellar storage, freezing, canning, fermentation, charcuterie, etc.
- assist with kitchen cleanup and maintenance
- must be able to safely lift 50 lbs and to perform moderate to heavy physical labor indoors and outdoors in all weather
- ability to prioritize tasks and work independently as well as in a team
- excellent communication and time management skills and the ability to work collaboratively
- interest in the intersection of food, farming and art and a strong desire to live and work in a remote, mountain environment
- A degree in agriculture or a related field is not required; though applicants should be those who have gained some hands-on experience, are serious about a future in agriculture or farm-to-table eating, and are highly motivated to continue their education
Two positions are available each Summer:
- 4 month - June through September
- 6 month - Mid-May through Mid-November
What Farm + Food Interns learn:
- A variety of techniques to open new fields and make beds without heavy machinery using animals, plastic and mulch techniques, and hand tools
- Choosing gardens based on: sun exposure, soil composition, existing plant growth and how that will impact future production, and other factors
- How to work with livestock to increase fertility and productivity for vegetable and pasture production
- How to maximize production on limited acreage - both for animal grazing and vegetable production
- Animal Husbandry including pasture rotation, animal health, and slaughter
- How to harvest and assemble a weekly farm share
- Processing vegetables - pickling, freezing, cooking
- Prepping and cooking a variety of products and ingredients with a focus on seasonal and local foods
- A deeper understanding of diversified farming and integrated farm plans
- How to work efficiently and effectively on the farm and in the kitchen
The Studio Intern will work directly with Craigardan's Director and the Resident Artists in the organization and execution of all studio classes and workshops, kiln firings, and general studio maintenance. This position allows an aspiring ceramist with the opportunity to work with and assist professional artists, gain valuable teaching, technical, and organizational skills, and develop their artistic voice. Interns receive private studio space and opportunities to show and sell work in the Farmhouse Gallery.
- 5+ hours of work per day, six days per week in the studio under the direction of the executive director; hours will include weekends and special events
- 15 hours of personal work each week [minimum] dedicated to producing own studio work
- ordering materials, making and reclaiming clay, mixing glazes, loading and firing kilns, stacking wood, handling student work
- maintenance of the Studio and completing general clean up and studio projects
- studio assistant for classes and community outreach projects with the opportunity to teach
- organizing studio critiques and meetings
- must be able to safely lift 50 lbs and perform moderate to heavy physical labor indoors and outdoors
- a BFA or BA with a concentration in ceramics preferred, and/or an extensive pottery apprenticeship, or equivalent experience; college juniors or seniors enrolled in a BFA or BA program with a concentration in ceramics will be considered
- knowledge of studio equipment and operations
- ability to prioritize tasks and work independently as well as collaboratively
- excellent communication and time management skills
- enthusiasm for working in a complex studio environment with others
- interest in the intersection of food, farming and art with a strong desire to live and work in a remote, mountain environment
- applicants are those who are serious about their future in the ceramic arts and who are interested in building upon their skills and developing a strong portfolio
Two positions are available each year:
- 4 month Summer - June through September
- 6 month Winter - November through April
What Studio Interns learn:
- How to organize, operate and maintain a professional working and teaching studio
- Electric, wood, and salt kiln prep, firing and maintenance
- A deeper understanding of ceramic materials including clay body and glaze development, research, testing and mixing
- How to teach ceramics classes to kids and adults
- Materials inventory, ordering and sales
- Gallery operations from advertising to installation to sales
- How to organize and lead special events such as open studio days, community workshops, and studio critiques
- How to work efficiently and effectively in a dynamic studio environment
2017 Resident Interns:
PLEASE NOTE: All resident interns are responsible for their own transportation and any personal tools or expenses. The internship program requires a large commitment and does not leave a significant amount of time for part-time jobs. We strongly recommend financially planning ahead to take full advantage of this educational opportunity. Interns are required to carry basic personal health insurance or other documentation showing healthcare support. All interns contribute to common housekeeping work in the Studios, the Applebarn, Farmhouse, and in Hillhouse. Applicants are strongly encouraged to schedule a visit to Craigardan prior to applying.
Resident Internship Application:
Internship length: 4 or 6 months between May 15 and November 15
Application deadline: April 1st We are currently accepting applications for 2018.
One applicant will be accepted for each internship. Notification will be made as soon as possible.
Application must include:
- Completed Application form
- Comprehensive resume
- 3 references: 2 professional and 1 personal
Plus…(Studio Internship Application Only):
- Statement of Intent - describe how you plan to use your internship, what you can contribute to the community, and how a residency at Craigardan will benefit you.
- 5-10 images of recent work
- An image script, which includes the title, medium, size, and date of each image
Plus…(Farm and Food Internship Application Only):
- Statement of Intent - describe the research or independent farm or culinary work you would like to pursue while in residence.
- Include details on space and materials requirements.
There is no application fee at this time. Please contact Michele at Craigardan to learn more about the Internships. Complete applications should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Images should be shared via Dropbox to email@example.com Notification will be made via email.