Application - 8-Month Internship

Application For Ecology Action's GROW BIOINTENSIVE 8-Month Internship Program—2017 Season

Ecology Action's 8-Month Internship Program immerses participants in all aspects of biologically intensive food raising. Interns will learn practical skills and teaching techniques through their involvement in day-to-day farm work and an integrated classroom learning program curriculum. By the end of the program, interns will have gained hands-on experience and a comprehensive understanding of the designing, planning and management of a small-scale biologically intensive mini-farm and teaching the GROW BIOINTENSIVE (GB) Method.

The 2017 internships begins April 1, 2017, & the application deadline is March 7, 2017. 

If you are interested in applying for this internship, you must first: 

  1. Read the website information on program description, expenses, schedule, reading list, and site descriptions at:
  2. Read the Internship Program and Information Booklet
  3. Read A Farmer's Mini-Handbook: GROW BIOINTENSIVE Sustainable Mini-Farming at:
  4. Read Ecology Action's Letter of Expectations for Internship at:
  5. Fill out and submit the following application.

Applicants should note that this is an unpaid, fee-based internship program with limited scholarship opportunities. Program fees include room, board, tuition, books and incidental expenses and are non-refundable. Do not send payment until you have been notified of your acceptance to the program. Once you are accepted, you will receive further information on schedules, site placement, preparation and payments.

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Contact Information
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If selected, we will be mailing your visa interview documents to you by Federal Express. Below, please provide a non-Post Office address (residence or business) where you will be able to receive a Federal Express delivery between the dates of October 15th and October 31st.

Please provide a Skype ID so that a selection committee member may arrange a video conference with you.
Biographical Information
$ U.S. toward the cost of my internship.

Please rate your English skills from 1 (limited) to 10 (very strong):

More About You

In 4-6 sentences each, please describe:

In your current position, how much of your time is spent in each of the below roles? Please provide a value of 0 (none of my time) - 10 (all off my time) for each role:

Please Describe Your Experience with the GROW BIOINTENSIVE Method
Please write a brief biography about yourself which will be published in Ecology Action's Internship Handout should you be accepted into the program. Please be sure to include: 1) why you are interested in food sovereignty issues and the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method of food raising and 2) how you intend to use the information you learn in this program to influence others and help your community upon program completion.
Learning Through Internship

Are you comfortable with:

Dietary Information

Please review the "Program Sites" tab on: before proceeding.

Please note that Ecology Action's three training sites have different dietary restrictions:

  • Ecology Action Headquarters (Common Ground Mini-Farm & Research Garden) is a vegetarian site (No meat, including fish, is allowed on this site. Eggs and dairy are allowed).
  • Victory Gardens for Peace Mini-Farm is a vegan site (No animal products are consumed on the site. No meat, eggs, or dairy are allowed on this site).
  • Golden Rule Community Garden allows the consumption of meat and animal products, but also provides vegan, gluten-free and vegetarian meal options.
Site Preferences
Travel Information

If you are providing your own insurance, a minimum coverage level of $1,000,000 USD is required.

Medical/Insurance Information

Because the 8-month Internship Program can involve strenuous exercise, rustic living conditions and rugged terrain, we ask that you provide some basic information regarding your health and your ability to pay for any medical care that might be required if you should sustain an injury in the course of this program.

If accepted to this program, you will be required to fill out a hardcopy of our Release Form and Waiver, and U.S. citizens will be required to provide proof of medical insurance. Non-U.S. citizens will be required to purchase international insurance for the duration of the internship (Ecology Action will facilitate this process for accepted applicants).

Be assured that we only use the information submitted to make sure all of our interns have the best possible experience. We will never divulge any of your information to anyone, for any reason.

Medical Report Acknowledgement

I understand that without a completed Medical Report Form, my application will not be considered.

I hereby certify that I am in good physical condition and do hereby release, acquit and discharge ECOLOGY ACTION, its staff, officers and members, of any and all claims, causes of action or damages whatsoever, in any way arising out of or in any manner connected with their program or any medical treatment rendered in event of need. I understand that I am responsible for the coverage of any medical expenses during my time at, or resulting from my activities with Ecology Action.

Please read carefully and select the checkbox to indicate that you understand and agree to the terms of the above waiver. If you are accepted to the program, you will be required to fill out a hardcopy of our Release Form and Waiver, and, if you are from the U.S., provide proof of insurance. Failure to do so will prevent admittance into the program.

We appreciate your interest in the work of Ecology Action. Since 1972, we have been helping millions of people worldwide empower themselves to better health and the regeneration of the soil that feeds us through teaching and demonstrating the GROW BIOINTENSIVE method.  

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