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Internships

Gain valuable practical skills

Internships at Sunseed are a great opportunity to gain some hands-on experience within different areas of sustainability. Whether in agroecology, administration, communication, nutrition or appropriate technology, we provide the space and support for self-driven and transferable education.
Our internships are usually sponsored by Erasmus as part of your University course. Check with them for available funds. If you would like to complete a self-funded internship please see our costs. 
Secure your Erasmus+ funds

1. Your university

Inquire if your university has available funds to finance your traineeship at Sunseed. If not, find and alternative funding.

Plan your internship

2. The research

After having read about our departments, select an internship model which corresponds with your wishes or share you ideas with us concerning a tailored program.

Apply

3. Your application

Prepare your CV and fill our application form. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

Enjoy your internship

4. The experience

Congratulations, you made it! We hope you will make most out of your traineeship!

Open internships

Have a look at our open positions and apply by filling in the application form below.

Sunseed is a vibrant, inter-cultural group where each member contributes to the smooth running of everyday life, taking on responsibilities to assure a supportive communal and low-impact environment. The ideal candidate for our internships would be comfortable with, or ready to explore, the balance between communal living, professional responsibilities, and environmental integrity.

Technical Assistant Intern

Duration: 2-6 months
Commitment: full-time

The Technical Assistant will work within the technical departments, assisting the corresponding coordinators in Appropriate Technology and Maintenance/Eco-construction.


The Appropriate Technology department supervises systems of solar-powered electricity, the hydraulic ram, hot water system and more. The Maintenance/Eco-construction department is responsible for the efficient functioning of the project's infrastructure, including the village's irrigation line as well as building using local materials, plumbing repairs and joinery. Sunseed has four traditional Andalucian houses to maintain in the village of Los Molinos del Rio Aguas.


Core Responsibilities
  • Assisting the supervision of the renewable electricity system.
  • Assisting the maintenance of the irrigation line and ram pump and overseeing the water distribution system.
  • Assisting with general repairs.
  • Supervising volunteers in choosing and carrying out project work in the technical team
  • Contributing to courses and events run at Sunseed
  • Documenting work done
  • Ensuring safety                                                                                                                                                         
Requirements/Desirable Skills
  • Experience in one or several of these: eco-construction, hydrology, plumbing systems, electronics and electricity, carpentry, welding, foundry, photovoltaic panels, wind turbines, water turbines, biofuels, solar heating
  • Ability to communicate well in English
  • Ability to work with others, encouraging contributions from people with less experience or knowledge
  • Interest in working with recycled materials

Communications Intern

Duration: 2-6 months
Commitment: full-time


The Communications Intern will work in the office and will be supported by the Communications Coordinator. The team coordinates the education of volunteers and visitors, and the production of educational and publicity material.


Key tasks
  • Producing Sunseed e-newsletters
  • Maintaining and developing Sunseed’s website, social media profiles and other web presence
  • Producing other publicity materials such as posters, postcards, fliers and information as needed
  • Ensuring all project documentation is up-to-date and consistent in style
  • Ensuring that as much as possible Sunseed literature is in both English and Spanish
  • Approaching both Spanish and English media (magazines, websites, radio, TV etc.) regarding possible features, articles and broadcasts about Sunseed
  • Advertising the project cost-effectively
  • Helping to organise and publicise special events such as courses, guided tours and open days with the Education Coordinator
  • Helping to organise Sunseed events
  • Maintaining and building Sunseed’s relationships with local, national and international networks
  • General office support as needed

Requirements
  • Commitment to promoting low-impact living
  • Good organisational abilities
  • Good communication skills, including ability to work as part of a closely-integrated team; and the confidence, sensitivity, patience and open mindedness
  • Graphic design experience (PS / AI / IN)
  • Own laptop with software installed
  • Proven experience engaging with a diverse audience
  • Ability to set targets, identify priorities and monitor progress
  • Ability to live in a basic communal environment with limited resources and the desire to live and work closely with group members
  • Ability to document and evaluate work
  • Initiative and imagination and a sense of humour!

Desirable skills

  • Knowledge and experience of platforms such as Mailjet and WordPress
  • Social media, copywriting and digital communications experience a strong advantage
  • Media/PR experience
  • Previous knowledge of NGO administration
  • An understanding of organisational structures, particularly non-hierarchical organisations and those in the third sector
  • Previous work experience with volunteers ideally in a support role
  • A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission
  • Good spoken Spanish and English
  • Clean driving license if over 26 years of age

Office Support Intern

Duration: 2-6 months
Commitment: full-time


The Office Support Intern will join the Communication and Education Coordinators supported by the Administration Coordinator. The team ensure the smooth running of our projects and care of our volunteers by managing the finances, expenses, volunteer bookings and legal documents.


This position is a learning opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the running of an established NGO, in working closely with different departments, and in off-grid, sustainable, community living.


Core Responsibilities
  • Support with incoming emails and manage the inboxes
  • Work with the Administration Coordinator to update a system of financial control, monthly reporting of expenses and income to staff and Trustees
  • Supervise Bookings, Arrivals, General requests and Volunteer Experience together with the Administration Coordinator
  • Manage legal documents including insurances, taxes, deeds, local facilities, contracts and agreements, etc.

Requirements
  • Commitment to promoting low-impact living
  • Good organisational abilities and financial acumen
  • Good communication skills, including ability to work as part of a closely-integrated team; and the confidence, sensitivity, patience and open mindedness
  • Ability to set targets, identify priorities and monitor progress
  • Be flexible
  • Ability to live in a basic communal environment with limited resources and the desire to live and work closely with community members
  • Ability to document and evaluate work
  • Initiative and imagination and sense of humour!

Desirable skills

  • Previous knowledge of NGO administration
  • An understanding of organisational structures, particularly non-hierarchical organisations and those in the third sector
  • Previous work experience with volunteers ideally in a support role
  • A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission
  • Good spoken Spanish and English
  • Clean driving license if over 26 years of age

Organic Gardens Intern

Duration: 2-6 months
Commitment: full-time


This position is a learning opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in the running of an established NGO, in working closely with different departments, and in off-grid, sustainable, community living. The assistant will work closely with the Gardens Coordinator to ensure the educational potential of her or his responsibilities and overall experience are fulfilled.


Core Responsibilities
  • Planning and production of vegetables and fruit
    • Using a mixture of methods such as crop rotation, companion planting, intercropping
    • planning sowing and transplanting times
    • plant propagation
    • preparing beds
    • fruit tree care
  • Soil Management
    • starting and maintaining compost heaps
    • crop selection
    • mulching
    • irrigation techniques
  • Nutrient Cycling
    • managing humanure
    • storing and using urine
    • preparing liquid feeds from local plants
  • Pest Control
    • using and developing organic methods for prevention and treatment of pests and diseases

Requirements
  • Good working knowledge of different horticultural practices based either upon academic study, practical experience, or a mixture of both
  • Good communication skills
  • A strong affinity with Sunseed’s vision and mission
  • Ability and drive to do physical work in a wide variety of weather conditions including heat in summer, and rain/cold in winter
  • Ability to self-organise and motivate others
  • Good spoken English

Desirable skills

  • Previous work experience with volunteers ideally in a support role
  • Good spoken Spanish
  • Clean driving license if over 26 years of age

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