Now Seeking Summer Interns!

Photo by Carson Davis Brown

Non-traditional design internships are available in the desert of southeast Utah.

Epicenter is seeking summer interns to live, work, and play in Green River, Utah. In this small, rural town in the high desert of the American West, you will work alongside citizen architects, designers, planners, and artists to serve the needs of their community. Here, you’ll gain invaluable and one-of-a-kind experience within the realm of public interest design in this alternative model of professional practice. Epicenter capitalizes on its ingrained idealism, enthusiasm, and subversion to nurture community-led projects and programs that underscore Green River’s rural pride and pioneering spirit.

Don’t be a “house pet to the rich” for the summer! Join us here where you’ll work alongside other young professionals, interacting with and directly helping real people in a real place. To apply, submit a letter of interest no later than April 9, 2015 to

Potential Projects:
– Lead University of Utah architecture students on the construction of a shading structure on the front of the office.
– Work as a project assistant on eight Fix It First home repair projects (start to finish including material take offs, labor estimating, design, construction, and post-evaluation).
– Lead one home repair project with volunteers in early August.
– Be trained in grant writing and write for funding for affordable housing programs.
– Collect data and create a report on housing conditions and needs of local residents.
– Host a creative half-day workshop with local kids on a personal or professional interest.
– Assist in the design/construction of museum exhibits and help in the preparation of a multi-participant exhibit running June – October at the John Wesley Powell River History Museum.

– Design/build experience is very much preferred, but not required. Ability to work safely with tools is required.
– Be enrolled in architecture, landscape architecture, construction, or community planning.
– Hold a valid driver’s license; ability to drive stick is a plus.
– Effective written, verbal, and drawn communication.
– Interest in rural issues, community development, affordable housing, and/or public interest design.

Workload and Compensation:
– 13 weeks in the summer of 2015, with adjustable start dates of May 14 through August 13
– A total of 500 hours, all able to be counted as Intern Development Program (IDP) credit
– Shared housing with other summer interns is provided ($975 value)
– $2,250 living stipend
– Up to $250 travel reimbursement
– Group meals twice per week are included
– Use of a National Park pass
– Work 400 feet from an Amtrak platform (Chicago to San Francisco – the California Zephyr line)
– Sunny days at the river beach just north of town
– Free admission to a local rodeo

To apply, submit a letter of interest no later than April 9, 2015 to
An application will be provided in return. Interviews will be held via phone.

More information on Epicenter can be found on our website or from the following recent press:
Fix It First
Epicenter named Curbed Young Gun Finalist
“Rural and Proud” by Venue
“Green River looks at trails system to draw visitors” by Salt Lake Tribune
Cabin Time 5: Green River (video)