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.” – High Rocks Intern alum
KITCHEN AND GARDENS
KITCHEN AND GARDENS: The Kitchen and Gardens intern will serve with the team at High Rocks to increase fresh produce harvested from our gardens and served in camp meals. They will share information with camp participants about where their meal has been sourced, what nutritional value the meal contains, and the value in making healthy food choices.