Heartwood School


Become a Heartwood Intern

Full for the season.

The Heartwood School has a long tradition of summer work/study internships. Each year, since its inception in 1978, special individuals have been invited to share in the experience of living, working, and studying at the school. More than half of our interns have gone on to interesting and rewarding careers in homebuilding, timber framing, and other areas of construction.

We seek people who will not only commit to residency and courses here at Heartwood but who are also going to actively seek employment in timber framing upon completion of the program or in the near future. We are looking for people who will put the skills learned here to the best use. While a good carpentry background is helpful, it must be accompanied by enthusiasm to learn, to teach others, and work as part of a team. This program offers not only a comprehensive knowledge of house building and timber framing but also a clear, concise methodology of problem-solving and development of your aesthetic sense. This is our definition of craftsmanship.

Timber framing interns will participate in all Heartwood courses for which they are registered during their residency. Duties will include helping prepare materials for the courses and maintaining the Heartwood shop and Schoolhouse. Interns will attend Heartwood courses in the program as a regular student, with weekends free to do as they wish (outside of any maintenance duties). Interns receive a 25% discount on tuition and a place to live at Heartwood for the duration of their stay. Lunches are included during the courses. Interns are responsible for purchasing and preparing their other meals and for other living and travel expenses. Heartwood's kitchen facilities are available for intern use.


Applicants must submit a resumé of woodworking or construction experience (if any) and a letter explaining their interest in the program. Please include in your application materials your short- and long-term goals, name, address, age, gender, current occupation, day and evening phone number, and email address. Submit all application materials to request@heartwoodschool.com.

Applicants must also schedule a personal interview. An in-person interview is highly recommended, so let us know if you would be able to visit Heartwood sometime soon; we are practicing strict Covid-19 protocols on-site and require visitors to wear masks and use hand sanitizer as well as follow social distancing guidelines. If you're not able to visit us in person, we invite you to schedule an online interview.


Accepted timber framing interns will be required to submit a 50% deposit upon acceptance into the program, with the balance due upon arrival. All fees are fully refundable, less a $100 office fee, up to six weeks prior to the beginning of the program, after which a $250 cancellation fee will be charged. Should you have to leave during the program, tuition fees will be refunded on a pro-rated basis after deducting the $250 cancellation fee.


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