Imagine spending months immersed in the joyful, busy, and creative work of our folk school. Your days as an intern are filled with coursework, projects to explore the inner workings of an educational non-profit, campus hosting and logistical wrangling, and countless moments to learn from students and instructors excited about craft work. Our internship is a launching point for individuals interested in gaining a broad exposure to traditional Northern craft, learning about non-profit administration, and exploring their own professional pathway in education and craft. Ideal intern candidates are passionate about craft, curious to learn, and happy when pitching in on tasks large and small to help make our folk school run.
The intention of the our intern program is to:
- Nurture an appreciation for the future of traditional craft through meaningful experiences and focused education.
- Increase awareness of and exposure to various responsibilities and opportunities involved in non-profit education, administration and program management.
- Develop and strengthen community building skills by engaging in public outreach, facilitating small-group learning experiences and creating a positive and supportive learning environment for students of all ages.
Each year, the four interns live in community in a beautiful loft overlooking the harbor on our campus. In addition to provided housing, interns receive a modest living stipend and a stipend for course tuition and materials during their internship. We are a dynamic, educational nonprofit committed to teaching traditional northern crafts while fostering lifelong learning. Our curriculum emphasizes hands-on learning and includes courses ranging from timber framing to northern ecology, birch bark weaving to artisan bread baking.
Due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our operations, we plan to offer a modified internship program in 2021. We are currently planning for a mid-April through November internship in 2021 on site and will release application information for the internship in December 2020. Please feel free to browse the resources from the 2020 program below as you consider applying for the 2021 internship, and sign up for our eNews to be notified when the next application period opens. Please note, the program description and application packet will be modified for 2021, these materials are simply provided as an example of what the program has entailed in the past.
We encourage prospective applicants to learn more about North House and the Internship Program via exploring our website, visiting our campus, and reading print materials about the school. You can request a packet of print materials, set up a campus tour, and ask questions about the program by emailing Program Manager Sarah Waddle at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 218-387-9762.
Meet the 2020 Interns
Alex received a BFA in Craft/Material Studies from VCUarts where she studied wood and clay. In addition to her craft studies, Alex worked as an outdoor guide in her hometown Richmond, VA and a crew member on sustainable home-building sites in Spain, Ireland, and Utah. Alex values traditional craft and building practices as a means to restore our connection to the natural world and ignite wonder in our daily experience.
Jenny grew up in Montana and Alaska and is a bit of a nomad, having lived in many parts of the country in pursuit of homesteading skills and unique learning opportunities. She is passionate about leading a simple, healthy lifestyle and having diversified skillsets to rely on. She is a massage therapist, old time musician and square dance caller, aspiring jeweler and small-time organic farmer. In her free time, you can find her playing fiddle tunes, growing flowers, taking saunas, hiking, and hanging out at the library. Coming to North House from North Carolina, she's excited to try out a bunch of new crafts and wear lots of warm sweaters.
Known for his chipped front tooth and pointy left ear, Jake has worked as a penguin rehabilitator, website deconstructor, ecological housing designer, southern Minnesota river guide, lending library coordinator, snake handler, outdoor adventure leader, and dinosaur ventriloquist. During his internship, he is dedicated to perfecting the pancake and nålbinding a complete outfit.
Nia Zekan is interested in making craft accessible. After a warm introduction to wood at Women’s Woodshop in Minneapolis, she is looking forward to learning from North House as an organization—where community is at the core of craft. In her free time you can find her running, writing poems, carving, and taking dips in Lake Superior.
Hear from Former Interns
Two former interns share their perspectives on the internship and talk about what they went on to do afterwards in North House's 20th Anniversary video below. The video is queued up to begin at the intern interviews, but we'd recommend starting from the beginning and watching the whole thing if you have the time — it's worth it!