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Summer Internship Program

 
 

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Internship & Apprenticeships

  • MEVO provides internships and apprenticeships in the Spring, Summer, and Fall both for credit or simply an enriching educational experience for the individual. Our Spring and Fall internships run two days per week, and during these seasons our interns assist with farm, administrative, and volunteer management tasks. Our Summer Crew, due to the availability of students, is longer and more specialized. These interns receive two weeks of training at the end of May and then are split into specialized crews for the summer (Farm Crew, Earth Crew, and Trail Crew). Additionally, summer interns are taken on trips, one to Maine and one to Vermont where they are given hands on outdoor working experiences as well as time to enjoy the natural attractions in each state.

  • MEVO offers apprenticeships to long-time volunteers and those who have taken a vested interest in our organization and our functions (farming, bee-keeping, on-site projects, and community activism). Apprenticeships usually form organically between the apprentice and the MEVO staff and usually last the entire farm season. Both our apprentices and interns have gone on to run farms, not-for-profits, and environmental efforts of their own.

 

 

Summer Internship Program

MEVO’s most extensive, intensive, and noteworthy program is our annual summer internship. Each year we interview and accept college-age students into our two and a half month long environmental empowerment internship program, which runs from late May to Mid-August. The summer is designed to give students both professional and actionable hand-on experience in the environmental field to empower them as they prepare for their future career and to offer them a diverse first-time “field experience.” Our summer interns are intentionally made vital to the workflow of our summer season not only to help assist with the season’s rush but more importantly to give them a thorough understanding of how a not-for-profit runs its day to day operations. The summer internship is crafted not only for individuals looking to hold a career in the environmental field, but for anyone desiring an enriching summer experience that offers extensive time outdoors while developing professional skills such as public speaking, volunteer management, and teaching to large groups.


The interns we accept each year are divided into Farm Crew, Trail Crew, and Earth Crew. Each crew is led by a trained MEVO staff member and provides interns with an intensive experience into various sectors of the environmental field such as pollution cleanup, remediation and policy work, small-scale farming, and trail building. By focusing our crews on specialized work, our interns can end their summer knowledgeable and accomplished in their area.


The summer initiates with two weeks of training. The first weeks includes team building, public speaking practice, and group reflections. During that week the interns, are introduced to MEVO as an organization, while also helping to run our largest volunteer day of the year. We also bring in local environmental activists to give our interns an example of careers they can hold after their internship ends. The second week of training is crew specific and each crew spends a week together learning important skills for the summer and taking small trips to observe others doing the work they will be performing. After training, our interns work three days a week. Additionally, we take them on two trips one to our good friends and partner not-for-profit Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, Vermont where we camp, work, and spend time together immersed in their 3,300 acre property. The second is to Maine where we spend half a week camping and working at a developing 40 acre homestead, on old logging land, and the other half working and exploring in Acadia National Park. The trips are vital to our program as they give variety to the work experience our interns are getting and allow them time to bond with staff and fellow crew members.


Our interns end our summer by presenting a project of their choosing which conveys the impact the summer has had on them. They leave our internship with a heightened sense of accomplishment as well as a network of their fellow interns, MEVO Staff, and friends of our organization.


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2018 Summer Farm Crew

timeline

Start: May 20th 2018
End: August 13th 2018

Work Days

Monday, Thursday,
and Sunday


 

Timeline

Start: May 20th 2018
End: August 13th 2018

Work Days

Monday, Thursday,
and Sunday