Resident Internship positions are available to college-age, early-career individuals or novices 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 skills in a supportive experiential learning environment, and it can add significantly to a professional resume and portfolio.

Each participant receives housing, a farm share, a $500 materials credit, 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.  The program is rigorous, but each intern will receive support, encouragement, knowledge, and professional development opportunities in return.  

Interns live at Hillhouse, a contemporary mountain-style residence, on a very private woodland section of the property.  Each intern is provided a weekly farm-share, harvested fresh from Craigardan’s lands and our partner farms.  Interns are responsible for preparing their own meals in the Hillhouse family-style kitchen and are invited to all community meals at Craigardan.  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 and expenses and transportation.


Each internship is a 3 to 6 month position between May 15 and November 15


Farm Internship

The Farm Intern will work directly with the Farm Manager in all aspects of our small-scale, working farm.  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 in exchange for 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.

Responsibilities:

  • 5+ hours of work per day, six days per week on the farm under the direction of the farm manager; 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
  • will include working with animals, planting and harvesting vegetables, weeding, and building/maintaining infrastructure improvements
  • may include working in the Applebarn to put up the harvest, and assisting with canning, freezing, butchery, preserves, and cleanup

Requirements:

  • 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 collaboratively
  • excellent communication skills
  • 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

Studio Internship

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.  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 have access to studio space outside of work hours and may receive opportunities to show and sell work in the Farmhouse Gallery.

Responsibilities:

  • 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
  • assisting Teaching Fellows

Requirements:

  • 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 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

Culinary Internship

The Culinary Internship supports an emerging food specialist in the exploration and development of their craft.  The Culinary Intern will work directly with the Culinary Arts Resident and the Farm Manager.  This position allows an aspiring foodie with the opportunity to work with and assist chefs, herbalists, and farmers, and thereby gain valuable teaching, technical, and organizational skills.  The accepted candidate will have a strong interest in all aspects of farm food preparation, service, and meal planning.

Responsibilities:

  • help plan and prepare up to four meals each week for the Craigardan community (staff and residents)
  • help plan and prepare for special events
  • assist with cooking workshops
  • assist Farm Manager to preserve seasonal harvests using root cellar storage, freezing, canning, fermentation, charcuterie, etc.
  • assist with kitchen cleanup and maintenance

Requirements:

  • a strong interest in cooking local and seasonal foods, and recipe and menu development
  • good communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively
  • interest in the intersection of food, farming and art with a strong desire to live and work in a remote, mountain environment
  • basic knowledge of food preservation techniques
  • applicants are 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

PLEASE NOTE:  All resident interns are responsible for their own transportation and any personal tools or expenses.  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:  3-6 months between May 15 and November 15

Application deadline:  March 15th    We are currently accepting applications for 2018.

1-2 Applicants will be accepted for each internship, up to 4 in total.

Application must include:

  • Completed Application form.  Please specify preferred length, including start and end dates of internship
  • 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 Internship Application Only):

  • Statement of Intent - describe the research or independent farm work you would like to pursue while in residence.  
  • Include details on space and materials requirements.

Plus…(Culinary Internship Application Only):

  • Statement of Intent - describe the research or independent culinary work you would like to pursue while in residence.



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 michele@craigardan.org.  Images should be shared via Dropbox to craigardan@gmail.com  Notification will be made via email.