internship programs

Welcome prospective student interns!

Thanks for taking the time to investigate this unique internship opportunity.  Without the volunteer efforts of our student interns, we could not reduce the cost of construction, and thus would not be able to provide affordable homes. We do not exaggerate when we say that Community Rebuilds student interns are the backbone of our organization. We greatly value your interest in our organization and encourage you to apply for one of our semesters. The application forms can be accessed at the bottom of this page. 

Program Structure

CR offers internship semesters in two communities: Moab, UT, and Gunnison, CO. Each semester invites up to eight student interns, under the direction of a licensed contractor and natural building experts, to build a straw bale home from foundation to finish in five months. Student interns will pour the foundation, frame walls, install bales, apply a variety of natural plasters, pour the adobe floors, learn about electrical, plumbing, solar photovoltaics  and permaculture and take part in many other activities necessary to the completion of a home. Semesters are subject to some variability, as the schedule of any build is dependent on many factors, such as weather and unforeseeable build challenges. However, we assure that you will be an integral part of the current build and will gain an unparalleled amount of natural and conventional construction experience. Additionally, though our internship program primarily consists of onsite, hands-on learning, the experience is occasionally supplemented with workshops, conferences, and field trips. There are no graded assignments, tests, or readings.


Our program is very team-oriented. Student interns work together onsite and live together in a home provided by CR.  They often get to know our selected homeowners quite well and may even get to work with them side by side in the creation of their home. Similarly, because our CR chapters are located in wonderful, unique communities, student interns have many opportunities to make new friends, perhaps volunteer with other awesome organizations, and invest a little piece of themselves into our CR communities. These partnerships are important to our organization which is based on the understanding that we are all neighbors ready to support each other and make our community better. 


Semester Schedule


Spring Semester           February 1st to June 30th


Fall Semester                July 15th to December 15thAccepting Applications NOW


Gunnison/Crested Butte


Summer Semester       May 15th to October 15th


Expectations and Qualifications


  • Student Interns must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Student Interns must commit to the full semester.
  • Student Interns must have personal health ininsurance or a financial plan for medical costs as CR is not liable.
  • Student Interns are required to work 40 hours a week onsite.
  • Student Interns are responsible for getting themselves to and from the work site. There are some bikes available at the campus. 
  • Student Interns are expected to supply a number of tools for their personal use onsite. This includes, but is not limited to, the following: tape measure, speed square, utility knife and hammer.
  • Student Interns must be able to lift at least 30 pounds, work outdoors in variable weather, maintain a good attitude and be willing to get dirty!
  • Student Interns must reside in the housing provided by Community Rebuilds while participating in a CR program.  Exceptions can be made on rare occasions.


Fees and Compensation

Community Rebuilds is unique among natural building organizations in that we offer internship programs free of cost to student interns who complete the semester in full. In addition, as compensation for their time commitment, student interns receive a food stipend of $100 per month, (bulk food items will also be provided) and free communal lodging. The housing provided for student interns contains the following amenities: internet, furniture, washing machine and cookware.

College Credit

Community Rebuilds offers our student interns undergraduate or graduate credit through a partnership with Utah State University. Credits are awarded through the Department of Environment and Society. However, if you wish to obtain credit at a school in which you are already enrolled, we are happy to work with you toward this goal.

Leaving the CR Program Early

A student intern who leaves the program early is required to make a compensation payment of $1000 to Community Rebuilds. These funds are used to hire labor to replace the absent student intern. In order to insure payment, we require each student intern to provide us with credit card information or $1000 in the form of a check at the beginning of the semester. Credit cards are charged and checks are cashed only if the student intern leaves the program early.  In some cases, student interns may be excused from the program without penalty.  Cases are reviewed by the CR staff and board to determine whether they qualify for early leave without penalty. This policy is not meant to intimidate you.  If you are concerned about your ability to commit to an entire semester, please communicate with us. 

Application Process


To apply, download the student intern application and recommendation form from the links below. Email the completed forms and your resume to:


  1. Student Intern Application
  2. Student Intern Recommendations  Two recommendations per applicant are required: one personal and one professional. 
  3. Your Resume