What Is An Ogallala Commons Community Internship?

Our Community Internships are a unique work experience and hometown career exploration program that takes place in your local community, or a regional institution or business. Our program is a partnership between Ogallala Commons and communities that create opportunities for high school students, college students, or adults in a continuing education program or career change. OC Community Internships provide experiences that illustrate both the key assets and the serious challenges present in rural areas. Interns receive an hourly stipend for their work, and internship lengths, though flexible, normally range from 8-10 weeks or a semester (125 to 240 total hours). These internships enable rural communities to constructively utilize the skills of their youth and adults, and to inspire home-grown talent to return in the future–to live, work, play and raise their families.

2015 Community Partner Infomercial
2015 Community Partner Guidebook

2015 Intern & Apprenticeship Infomercial




How Do I Become A Community Intern?

Click here to fill out the Community Intern Application.

If you have any questions please contact Darryl Birkenfeld, Executive Director. Send an E-mail or call 806-945-2255. Darryl will be happy to assist you or answer any questions you have regarding a Community Internship.

Because of the diversity of projects and communities in the region, each internship will be different and needs to be fitted with the interns various skills, talents and interests. Ogallala Commons and communities and institutions will collaborate to select the best candidate through applications, interviews and recommendations.

Intern Brochure 2014

Intern Profiles

The James Minton Legacy Internship

MintonJames Minton was born in Lubbock, Texas in 1927 and graduated from Texas Tech University in 1953 with a B.S. in Agriculture, majoring in Horticulture. Combining his love of plants with his artistic talents, he began his practice in landscape architecture.

The James Minton Legacy Internship has been created by his friends and family to provide opportunities for students of landscape architecture who wish to learn from hands-on experience as part of their education. Students selected for this distinguished opportunity will carry on the legacy of James Minton by studying with professional landscape architects who are leading the way in facing the challenge of creating beautiful outdoor spaces that thrive in our semi-arid climate. The internship will be open to students interested in a career in landscape architecture.  All internships will be based in the Southern High Plains region.

Click here to apply for the James Minton Legacy Internship.

Click here for more information about how to contribute to the James Minton Legacy Internship Endowment.

How Does My Community Get An Intern?

Intern Partner Guidebook

Intern Partner Brochure

Contact: Darryl Birkenfeld
Send E-mail or call 806-945-2255

Important Links, Forms, And Documents

IRS W9 Form

Intern Evaluation Form

Supervisor Intern Evaluation Form