Short Term Internships

Our communities host short term interns (lasting from several weeks to several months) each year providing an experience for those completing practical training as part of their education. Our interns have the opportunity to see the work done in a Camphill in person, to experience working with people and working on the land and to learn from this experience in an intentional community setting. This allows the community to get to know a young person and share with them a bit about life in Camphill, and for a young person to have the experience without committing to a full year quite yet all while fulfilling their academic requirements. We accept these inquiries on a case by case basis, and each community has a different process for reviewing these inquiries. Please contact us if you would like more information about applying for a short term internship in our communities.

J-1 Internship Programs

The Camphill Association of North America brings educated, experienced, enthusiastic human service interns from all over the world for guided and structured work experiences in one of our unique communities. The individuals with special needs who live in our communities have benefited from the skills and experience of foreign interns from other countries, and the interns have received a profound and deepening experience at the hands of the residents.

Copake Candle Shop

Camphill Village USA is our sponsor organization for our internship program, designated by the U.S. Department of State’s Educational and Cultural Exchange Program. This cultural exchange program brings exchange visitors who are approved for J-1 visa internships to one of our communities (host organizations) for periods up to one year in the education and training of individuals with mental retardation, autism, and other developmental delays.

The purpose of Camphill’s Exchange Visitors Program for interns is to provide participants with the opportunity for professional development and insight into American know-how in the fields of curative education, youth guidance, and social therapy. It also fosters a greater understanding of American society and culture among the participants. Interns are expected to share the cross-cultural and professional knowledge they have gained in the U.S. upon return to their home countries at the end of the 12-month internship period, which is the maximum placement length allowed by law.

Coworkers at Heartbeet Lifesharing

Coworkers at Heartbeet Lifesharing

Interns to our program bring considerable skills, new and different perspectives, English fluent enough for the work place, and cultural diversity with them. Interns receive room, board, medical insurance, and a monthly monetary stipend. Our interns are highly motivated and are currently enrolled or have just completed a post-secondary program in related fields like special education, social work, psychology, and the like. They are becoming well-educated men and women, motivated and eager to get on-the-job experience in an American environment of professional excellence. Prospective interns should learn about the Camphill way of life which demands full immersion with a sacrifice of privacy and free time in return for a profound experience of humanity, relationships, and the true meaning of “service.”

Please read about the life and programs at our various communities throughout this website. If interested in a J-1 internship, follow the procedures for applying as a resident coworker. If accepted, the coworker admissions office of the community to which you will go will provide you with all the materials you need to apply for the J-1 visa.