High Rocks accepts applications to be a summer intern year-round, however there is a priority deadline for applying each year based on the internship start date. The priority deadline to apply for these positions is February 1, 2017.
SUMMER TEACHING INTERNS: Each summer, High Rocks becomes a hands-on, hearts-on classroom for college students from around the country. Interns gain direct experience mentoring teens and also participate fully in the program as theory builders and analysts learning about social change, women’s issues, and Appalachian studies in partnership with young people, staff and volunteers. Service in communities is enriched and complemented by a series of seminars that invite interns to explore regional history, development, theory, media and art. Each intern supports staff in summer programs (including two residential summer camps), and also completes an individual project and an intern group project. The internship has two main components–seminars and hands-on experience working with teenagers. This two-part approach is designed to deepen the experiences of the summer interns so that they leave High Rocks with theoretical as well as practical knowledge about the region and state, the challenges facing girls, ethical social change, and effective community service. Housing is provided and meals are provided while summer camps are in session. Interns also receive a stipend for the summer. Individual interns have, in some cases, worked with their colleges to secure academic credit.
“I was blessed enough to obtain an internship this summer at High Rocks. I was drawn to High Rocks for my combined interests in both the outdoors and being a support and role model for teenage girls. I could have never anticipated the profound impact the ‘High Rocks Magic’ would have on both its campers and myself.” – 2013 High Rocks Intern
SUMMER GROW APPALACHIA INTERN: High Rocks Grow Appalachia supports more than 30 gardens in and around Pocahontas County, WV. We are dedicated to helping mountain families plant a healthy future for themselves and their communities. We provide them with skills and resources to grow sustainable, nutritious food, teaching them how to prepare and preserve food in a healthy way, empowering them to share their knowledge in the community, creating programs to provide food to elderly and disabled residents in need, and developing local farmers’ markets to sell surplus food. The Grow Appalachia intern will serve with the Grow Appalachia team at High Rocks to increase vegetable production and local sales using organic practices. They will help increase the community’s access to locally grown vegetables and build relationships and systems that strengthen the local food economy.
Questions? Contact AMERICORPS@HIGHROCKS.ORG