Community Boat Project Internship

 Learn hands-on skills. Serve your community.

What is it?

Under our Shelter From the Storm program we offer paid internships. These can be 3, 6, or 9 month commitments.

This internship is a chance for individuals to learn the soft skills of leadership, teaching, and organization, as well as a chance to improve technical skills associated with woodworking. Projects are always interesting and fun whether building a Tiny House, building a boat, painting a mural, or any of the other eclectic projects that come our way.

This all happens within the unique setting of a Community Boat Shop. The applicant should be prepared to work with people of all ages and skills. These could range from a middle school student who has never handled a tool to a retired master craftsmen.


Goal of the internship

The goal is to provide job and life training that lead to employment. It is a chance to try a variety of things and make connections with the community. This is a multi-level maritime and woodworking education.

Interns will work alongside Master Craftsmen volunteers. Common are Shipwrights, Artists, Wood Carvers, Sailmakers, Riggers, Captains, etc.. Each come with a wealth of knowledge which you can glean from.

Best of all, interns will be an instructor to our high school and other students! Be prepared to take ownership projects.

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Interns are required to work 3 days a week, 12  hours minimum, this maybe in the shop or on-the-water. At times there is an all hands effort to get boats or tiny houses in or out of the shop. Interns will be drawn into all sorts of things.

This commitment will be productive time with students and volunteers. Interns may also pursue personal projects in the shop, but these may not count toward your paid weekly commitment.


Our Community Boat Shop is located at the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. Our boats are in the Hadlock Marina. Our cruising ground is Port Townsend Bay/Port Hadlock area, with occasional trips to other parts of Puget Sound.

Other information


  • We stress inter-generational interaction and learning.
  • We work with the local schools and provide accredited classes.
  • There are four basic programs: Community Boat Shop, Voyaging (on-the-water), Shelter from the Storm, and Open Shop (open to all)

To Apply:

Visit our Contact Us page and indicate your specific interest in our internship opportunity. Please include the information listed below and answer the listed questions.

Leadership – Craftsmanship – Seamanship

Applicants should be 18 – 25 years old. 

  • Name                                                     
  • Contact Phone
  •  Email
  • Address
  • Sex:   M___ F___         
  • Date of Birth:                                
  • Single ___  Married____

 You may answer the questions individually or in essay form.

  • Why is this position appealing to you?
  • What strengths will you bring to the program?
  • What are the main things you hope to learn by this internship?
  • What experience do you have in woodworking and craftsmanship?
  • What leadership positions have you been in?
  • Do you have any sailing/on-the-water experience?
  • Do you have any grant writing , computer, or web skills?
  • What age-group do you like working with the best? The least? And why?
  • Do you prefer a 3, 6, or 9 month commitment? What months work best for you?
  • Please list three people as references. Include the name, contact information, and how you know this person.
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  • 3)

“Never doubt that a small group of hardworking, dedicated individuals can change the world. Indeed, it is all that ever has.”