The Earthship Intern Program is a 3 week long hands-on learning experience at the Earthship global headquarters in Taos, New Mexico.  Interns learn Earthship design concepts and building techniques with the best Earthship builders in the world, in the original Earthship community.  The Earthship Intern Program is open to anyone over the age of 21 with an interest in sustainability and a willingness to work hard.  


Interns work on Earthship construction sites with the Earthship crew learning building concepts, designs, systems and techniques.  The exact content of the work varies from session to session.  Work hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.  This work is labor intensive, but we are happy to work around any physical issues you may have.  No prior building experience is necessary and we encourage people of all ages (over 21) and backgrounds to participate.

Please note this Internship is not a complete course in how to build an Earthship.  If that is your interest, see  If you are interested in participating in a ‘start to finish’ build or in humanitarian builds in locations outside of Taos, please see



Interns live in hostel-style dormitories on Earthship compounds and/or in Simple Survival buildings.  These dormitories range from pre-Earthship buildings to our latest designs.  All have been built by Michael Reynolds and are a part of the Earthship development and culture.  Room rates vary from $450 – $800 for shared, private or double occupancy private rooms.  Each compound offers fully stocked kitchens, beds, bathrooms, common space and wi-fi.  We do not provide bedding, towels or food.  There are no laundry facilities on these sites.

A $100 cleaning deposit is required for check-in to any Intern housing.  This money must be in the form of cash or check and will be collected at Orientation.  This money will be returned to you at check out pending the cleanliness of your space.

We are unable to accommodate early check-ins or late check-outs.


Taos, New Mexico is a high desert with an extreme climate.  Temperatures can vary from 100 plus degrees (35 Celsius and above) in the summer to 30 degrees below zero (-35 Celsius) in the winter.  The elevation is 6,950 feet above sea level which can cause temperature variations of 40 degrees in a matter of minutes.

Taos is seated at the foot of the Sange de Cristo Mountains and is famous for it’s fine art, great food and majestic beauty.  Taos Ski Valley is known as one of the best in the country and the Taos Pueblo contains the oldest stand alone dwelling in the United States.  During the summer, Taos offers a multitude of outdoor activities including river rafting, mountain climbing and hiking.  Natural hot springs dot the Rio Grande river and are not far from the Earthship community.



There is no public transportation in Taos which makes being here without a vehicle difficult.  The Earthship compounds, job sites and town (food shopping, laundry facilities, gas, etc.) are spread out and driving is a must.  If you choose to participate without a vehicle, you will be dependent upon your fellow Interns for rides.  

The closest airport is in Albuquerque, NM (3 hour drive to Taos).  The only shuttle service to Taos is Twin Hearts Shuttle – (+1) 575-751-1201.  Reservations need to be made in advance.  One month prior to each session, Interns receive a list of fellow participants and their email addresses so that they may coordinate ride sharing, etc.

Orientation and check-in to the housing begins at 10:00 am on the first morning of each Intern session.  This means you will most likely need to be in Taos the night before.  We are unable to accept early check-ins and therefore recommend the Abominable Snow Mansion Hostel in Arroyo Seco:  as an inexpensive option.

Check-out is at 4:00 pm on the last day of each Intern session.  If you need to leave early, your cleaning deposit will be mailed to you upon the cleanliness of your space.


  • Bedding and pillow
  • Towel(s)
  • 1 gallon water bottle
  • rain gear (for the job site)
  • closed toe shoes
  • clothes you do not mind ruining
  • a good flashlight
  • a good sun hat
  • 25‘ tape measure
  • utility knife with blades
  • framing hammer (over 16 oz in weight)
  • tin snips
  • pencils
  • sharpie marker
  • heavy duty rubber gloves
  • leather gloves
  • tool belt



Make sure you have read and understand the above information.

Make a payment by calling our office at (+1) 575-613-4899 to pay with a credit card. PLEASE NOTE THIS PAYMENT IS NON-REFUNDABLE. Your credit will be honored for two years.

Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and receipt followed by a PDF packet with more detailed information about the session and Taos. If you do not receive these emails, please contact or call our office: (+1) 575-613-4899.