We will utilize 2-3 High Desert Interns for the 2017-18 Gap Year as well as a nanny. Interns have their expenses covered but are not compensated financially. Interns get significant support and guidance in further developing their leadership skills.
Successful intern applicants will either be High Desert Center graduates with an established leadership track record or be clearly more experienced and skilled and probably older than the average gap year applicant (who is 17-23 years old with travel and work experience).
Successful applicants will also offer strong demonstrated skills in more than one area of need for the program, such as:
- Ability to run a kitchen.
- Ability to lead backpacking trips and make sound backcountry decisions. Wilderness First Responder certified.
- Ability to produce media (film, websites, etc.) for the program and help students with their own productions.
- Strong Spanish language skills
- Ability to fix and maintain facilities.
Finally, successful applicants will have a demonstrated ability to be positive, reliable and stable role models and friends to young people and staff alike while also being open to feedback and willing to initiate those important but often challenging direct conversations that need to happen when somebody is not thriving or keeping agreements.
Interns participate in all gap year programs as specified on the High Desert Gap Year website (your travel to and from Guatemala and home stays there are covered by the program). You will need to arrive five days before the beginning of the program for staff orientation and stay a day after the program for debriefing.
To apply for the internship position, fill out the student application form on the website and also send a letter introducing yourself and explaining why you are qualified and motivated to be an intern. If you are not an alumni, also send a resume and two letters of recommendation from former employers.
To apply to be a nanny (to help with Dev and Marian’s young son, Huckleberry, please send a letter of introduction. It is sometimes possible to be both an intern and a nanny. If this appeals to you, apply as an intern and mention your desire to be a nanny as well.