My name is Caleb Mattison and I'll be your resident blogger here at North House for the rest of the year.
As one of the four new interns at North House, I often hear something like this: “so, what exactly does an intern do?” I find it hard to answer that thoroughly in one sentence, so I thought I would use my first blog post to do some enlightening, since there is no sentence limit!
|The "Intern Loft"|
In exchange, we put in a full work week doing whatever needs doing. We help set-up and clean-up classes, shovel snow, make soup or pizza for student potlucks, answer phones and check students in, and work with the staff on administrative projects.
|Wetsuit, goggles, life jackets? Check.|
|It was a howler out there|
|Team Intern with John after finishing the new stools!|
|Ben shapes his stool seat|
|Erin sewing a moccasin|
|Intern crew and staff checking out Caribou Lake|
Looking ahead, the internship will also include developing our skills as teachers and facilitators; we will teach mini-courses, demonstrate crafting skills, and by the end of the year we will complete a culminating project in an area of interest.
For me, one of the most interesting parts of being an intern (intern-esting?!) is seeing so many different crafts as they pass through the school. I am excited to learn about what is possible to make, and to see the crafts as they take shape in front of my eyes. I anticipate seeing how many ways I can incorporate northern craft into my daily life and needs. This year is about experimentation and curiosity. I am excited to have the opportunity to meet the instructors, many of whom are experts in their obscure art, and the students who come here to learn from them.