Welcome prospective student interns! 

Thanks for taking the time to investigate this unique internship opportunity.  Community Rebuilds is partnering with Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture to introduce a new home construction program on the Hopi Reservation. This program is part of a larger effort to promote sustainable building design in partnership with a student education program. Our purpose is to build natural, energy efficient, passive solar homes. Our goal is to train young dedicated and emerging building professionals within the Hopi community in our Student Internship Program. We hope to inspire participants as well as others to build in a more sustainable and culturally harmonious way. We hope to build a unique, dynamic, and affordable housing program that can be utilized as a model for other building programs. 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. Our 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 page can be found below. 


Program Structure

We offer internship semesters in the Hopi Community. Each semester invites up to ten student interns per project, under the direction of a licensed contractor and natural building experts, to build a hybrid sandstone/strawbale/earthen 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.  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. Student interns have many opportunities to make new friends, perhaps volunteer with other awesome organizations, and invest a little piece of themselves into our community. 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. 


2018 Semester Schedule


April 2nd to November 1st - 2 OPENINGS

Expectations and Qualifications

  • Student Interns must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Student Interns must commit to the full 2 month semester. 

  • Student Interns are required to work 40 hours a week onsite. 

  • Student Interns are responsible for getting themselves to and from the work site.

  • 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!


Fees and Compensation   

We are 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 student interns receive a food stipend of $200 per month.



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​Hopi Tutskwa Permaculture Institute is a 501(c)3 U.S. non-profit fueled by passionate people. We are a community-based organization, initiating hands-on learning projects that support Hopi youth and community to develop skills and practical experience needed to promote a more ecological and healthy Hopi community. Donate to our operating expenses (eligible for a tax deduction in the U.S.).


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