Intern at White Violet Center for Eco-Justice
Do you like to dig in the dirt? Do you dream of befriending an alpaca? If so a farm internship with White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (WVC) might be the place for you.
We are located at beautiful Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, just 80 miles west of Indianapolis. As an intern you’ll get to work with the amazing people on our team as well as other interns from all over the country, in a hands-on learning environment at our certified organic farm. You’ll also be able to meet and connect with some amazing women who are members of the Sisters of Providence.
What to expect?
Specific duties vary depending on the time of the year, but will largely revolve around regular small farm operations. As an intern you will:
- Plant, mulch, seed, weed, and other garden tasks
- Harvest, wash and pack veggies for farmers market and our Farm Share program
- Feed and care for animals
- Clean out barns and pastures
- Clean alpaca fiber
- Gather and process eggs
- Work in the Farm Store
Each spring our alpacas are professionally sheared. The fiber is sent off to the mill to be made into yarn which is then turned into handmade scarves, hats and other wearable items. From November to February, when garden work slows, you’ll have opportunities to work with fiber from our herd of alpacas.
As an intern you are a part of the White Violet Center team. You’ll attend monthly staff meetings as well as participate in field trips, educational seminars and enrichment activities. At the end of your internship you’ll present a project of your choice. We’ll work with you on finding an area that interests you and incorporates what you’ve learned while you were here. Some past intern projects have included the creation of an alpaca deck of playing cards, a handbook for beginning knitters and an organizational mapping system for the gardens.
Other benefits and considerations
- Internships at White Violet Center may qualify for independent study
- Interns work approximately 35-45 hours per week
- Because this is a working farm, interns will be expected to work some weekends
- Housing is included (details below)
- One meal per day is included (details below)
- Monthly stipend of $150
- Fresh produce from the garden and eggs from our chickens
Life on the farm
As an intern you’ll be provided with a private room in a house. The house is shared with up to seven other interns. There are three bathrooms which are also shared. There is also a large living room and connected dining area that are perfect for gathering with other interns and friends. There is also a very large yard and plenty of parking if you choose to bring your car. The house is just steps away from White Violet Center, the Farm Store, the barns and gardens.
Other features include:
- Fully furnished house
- Full kitchen
- Heating/air conditioning
- Free Wi-Fi
- Onsite laundry facilities
- Laundry soap and cleaning supplies
- Towels and linens
As an intern you’re provided with one hot meal per day , seven days per week. These meals are served in Providence Hall Dining Room with the sisters and other staff members. Vegan and vegetarian options are available.
Who should apply?
The Sisters of Providence welcome people of all faith traditions (or none!), ethnicities, backgrounds, socio-economic demographics, sexual and gender orientations. Must be 18 years of age.