internship program
Now Accepting Applications For Our Spring 2018 Semester In Moab, Utah!

Welcome prospective interns!

Thanks for taking the time to investigate this unique internship opportunity. Without the volunteer efforts of our 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 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 County, CO. Each semester invites up to eight student interns per project  to build a straw bale home from foundation to finish under the direction of a licensed contractor and natural building experts. Interns will contribute to the foundation, frame walls, install bales, apply a variety of natural plasters, pour 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. Interns work together onsite and live together in a home provided by CR.  They often get to know our selected homeowners quite well as they work with them side by side in the creation of their home. Similarly, because our CR chapters are located in wonderful, unique communities, 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. 

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2018 Semester Schedule


Spring Semester           February 1st to June 30th 


Fall Semester                July 16th to December 15th


Gunnison/Crested Butte



Expectations and Qualifications


  • Interns must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Interns must commit to the full semester.
  • Interns must have personal health insurance or a financial plan for medical costs as CR is not liable. 
  • Interns are required to work 40 hours a week onsite. 
  • Interns are responsible for getting themselves to and from the work site. There are some bikes available at the Moab campus.  
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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, interns receive a food stipend of $100 per month, (bulk food items will also be provided as available) and free communal lodging. The housing provided for interns contains the following amenities: internet, furniture, a washing machine and cookware. 

Leaving the CR Program Early/Failure To Arrive On Time

Any 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 intern to provide us with credit card information or $1000 in the form of a check upon signing contract. Credit cards are charged and checks are cashed only if the intern leaves the program early. In some cases, 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 intern application and recommendation form from the links below. Email the completed forms and your resume to: 


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