Prospective Interns Must:
- Be able to commit to a 6 week, living on-site program.
- Be responsible, on time, clean, and conscientious of others. This is critical because we are sharing spaces, tools, resources, and ideas.
- Have an open mind for new experiences and perspectives, and show emotional maturity when dealing with people different than themselves.
- Be able to participate in academic classes. Although we can differentiate the workload based on ability, reading, discussing, analyzing, note taking, and writing about critical ideas in history, politics, social theory, and environmental science will be a component of this course.
- Be able to participate in strenuous physical activities that may require lifting a minimum of 40 pounds and work outdoors in the summer months during various weather conditions.
- Have more than an introductory understanding of the concept of privilege and possess an interest ecology, food justice, agriculture, community organizing, and mutual aid.
- Be able to share common space, help in preparing common meals, and participate in clean-up.
Accommodations: Two cabins are available on the property; one for a single occupant, one for two occupants. Cabins are to be kept clean and orderly at all times.
Aside from the cabins, all other spaces on the property are common-spaces, including the outhouses, sheds, and an outdoor shower. Please consider your needs for personal space and privacy.
Personal items such as electronics and toiletries that are brought into the common areas must be returned to the cabins after use. Interns are expected to follow the UGC’s rules for clean up after meals, keeping the common areas clean, and rules for laundry and cabin upkeep.
What To Bring*:
-bicycle, reusable water bottle (no disposables), sleeping bag and extra blankets/pillow, work clothing that can get messy, clothing for going out into the community – dress for the weather: sometimes it’s hot during the day but cool at night, water proof work boots, comfortable sneakers for walking and biking (it’s good to have multiple shoes in case a pair gets wet so you have something dry to wear), lots of socks, towel, rubber flip-flops for the outdoor shower.
*If you have trouble getting any of items on this list please contact us and let us know, we may be able to help.
*Rules on Toiletries – Only biodegradable toiletries are used at the UGC. Natural toothpaste, unscented soaps and shampoos that are biodegradable will be provided by the UGC. If interns want to bring their own toiletries these items must be checked to make sure they fit the UGC’s standards for biodegradability.
- The UGC is a tobacco, alcohol and drug free environment (this includes in the cabins and throughout the grounds).
- We believe in communication that is timely, open, and honest while also being respectful of diverse identities, lived experiences, and perspectives.
- We are committed to the practice of mutual aid and establishing a community of giving. With this comes a change of narrative – consciously moving away from asking “What can I get?” toward asking “What can I give?” instead.
- A goal of our work at the UCG is to challenge the compulsive use of smartphones and consumption of media. We request that all participants on our grounds be fully present and engaged during our work day and common times by staying off their phones.
Pet Policy: There is a farm dog and cat that live on the premises. No other pets are allowed on the UGC grounds during the internship.
Transportation: Interns who have their own car will be given designated parking. A car is not necessary for this internship. There is a Trailways bus to travel long distances outside of the town and rides can be arranged on a needed basis or for an emergency.
Meals/Dietary Restrictions: The UGC has a covered outdoor kitchen space. We will provide ingredients for three meals a day. Interns are expected to participate in commonly prepared meals. Applicants should list dietary restrictions upfront.
Guest Policy: As this is an intensive 6 week program, we ask that interns do not bring guests during the work week. Interns may have a guest on the weekend but must discuss this with UGC staff at least one week prior.
Media: We will be documenting our work throughout the internship via video and photos to be shared on our website. Please let us know of any specific restrictions or ways you want your identity to be shared publicly.