Have you dreamed of living a more sustainable life in a straw bale house among like-minded individuals? If so, then a new internship opportunity in Michigan is for you. The Strawbale Studio Natural Building and Community Living fall internship application process is open, but you need to act quickly because the deadline is Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011.

So what would you be doing on site during your internship? You would get to do quite a few different things. Interns for the Fall 2011 session will be working on the rocket stove, Rumford fireplace, living room, a natural sauna and more.

Interns must be 18 or older and will stay for one or two months. During this time you will be expected to work about 30 hours during each five-day workweek. The internship guarantees 20 hours of hands-on work with the projects detailed above. The other 10 hours will be used to help out on a variety of tasks including office work, grounds work and helping with the site demonstrations and exhibits.

Of course, a sustainable living community like Strawbale Studio keeps the environment in mind, even beyond sustainable building. The food served during your stay is primarily locally sourced and organic, the facility composts its waste, and conserving fossil fuels is a primary goal.

If you’re interested in one of the internship opportunities but don’t think you can make the Sunday deadline, Strawbale Studio has already announced plans for future programs. Winter 2012 interns will work on thatching and reed harvesting, composting systems, round-pole framing and more.

If the Michigan winter doesn’t sound enticing, the Spring 2012 or Summer 2012 program may be a better match. Spring interns will work on community outreach including the Earth Day festival. Summer interns will work on start to finish building skills, from the foundation on up.

For more information about any of these internship programs, please visit the Strawbale Studio Natural Building internship information page.

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