· Working at D Acres > Internship
Interns are skilled, active community members. Interns are expected to have pre-existing agrarian skills, and participate as active, self-directed community members. After introduction to farm operations, interns will have the self-motivation and follow-through to work diligently and efficiently under the guidance of staff and residents with minimal supervision.The internship position requires a minimum of 26 hours of work and $20 per week paid by the intern for room and board. Assignments are decided at the regular farm community meetings and include (but are not limited to): organic farming, forestry, light construction, landscaping, tending the animals, and participation in the local farmer's market. Outside of required hours, all members of the community participate in basic tasks such as meal preparation and housekeeping in the community building.
Interns come to D Acres with some experience related to sustainable living. Experience may include, but is not limited to, gardening, forestry, cottage industry and crafts, cooking and baking, woodworking, and environmentalism. Individuals who do not yet have experience are encouraged to apply for the D Acres Apprenticeship.
The 26-hour format allows concentrated and organized communal work, while the free time beyond that could be spent on personal projects. We require a minimum 6-week commitment from people interested in living a simple rural life and working toward a sustainable lifestyle. Some organizations and/or universities provide financial stipends or financial aid to students participating in this type of activity. Prior Interns have on occasion sought supplemental income from seeking employment within the region. Timecards and work descriptions are entered daily into the D Acres computer. All interns are required to sign a waiver releasing D Acres of New Hampshire, Bet Realty (the organization that owns the land and buildings) and the Trought Family from any liability for injury.
Interns enjoy: three meals a day utilizing food sourced on-site and though and organic distributor, use of telephone during non-business hours, access to wireless internet, rustic living accommodations, the great outdoors of NH, use of the library and facilities of D Acres of New Hampshire. Interns are encouraged to participate in all on-site workshops and events.
Looking for College Credit?
A PhD faculty person is available to do on-site evaluations in collaboration with your faculty advisor. If college credit is to be received D Acres requires submission of a learning contract with the sponsoring agency prior to arrival.
What program is right?
We ask applicants to self-select their roles as Interns or Apprentices, though the ultimate decision of Intern or Apprentice category is subject to staff discretion based on the application and interview process.
The internship program can be the gateway to non-fee residential status at D Acres.
Note: Applicants requesting to participate in our internship program for less than six weeks will be denied. If you would like to join us at D Acres for less than six weeks, please see our Apprenticeship or Hostel programs.
The online application form will ask you to indicate your preferred start date at D Acres. If you are invited to join us for the internship program you will be asked send a deposit of $120 (payment for six weeks) within 3 weeks of being invited in order to hold your place. If you later find that you cannot participate in the program, 50% of your deposit will be returned if you notify us that you will not be coming more than 2 weeks prior to your arrival date.