Mentorships & Internships

Working in the garden

Garden Internship

Applications are now closed for our Garden Internship program!

For those looking to gain practical and hands-on cultivation experience, the Folk School offers a Garden Internship program.

From March-October each year, one intern will assist our Gardener Jason Ebinger in developing and implementing season-long plans for the Folk School’s garden, leading participants in the Work Study program, and performing overall maintenance.

The Folk School’s garden produces a diverse array of crops and supports the programming of many classes and studios with dye plants, broom corn, basket willow, and more.

This is a learning position with the opportunity for the right candidate to shape their experience based on their personal areas of interest. Compensation includes a monthly stipend, room and board, and a class resource. This position will ideally be filled by someone available for the entire garden season, but applicants only available for a portion of that time will be considered.


Traditional Craft Mentorship Program 

Our Traditional Craft Mentorship Program is an opportunity for emerging artists to spend time at the Folk School learning from accomplished craft makers, instructors, and mentors. Small groups of participants join in focused sessions that enhance their interests, knowledge, and skills in traditional Appalachian craft, music, or dance.

Alongside craft instruction, mentors will delve into the historic and cultural context of their subject area. Participants can expect to learn new techniques and come to understand the relevancy of their craft in the Appalachian region.

Mentorships are tuition-free learning opportunities. Selected applications are given room and board at no cost and are awarded a stipend to help with travel and materials. 

Applications for our 2024 Mentorship program are now closed.

Mentorship Stories

Gabe Strand headshot

Gabe Strand, Chairmaking

Gabe was invited by the American Craft Council to contribute an Object Story for Atlanta/Southeast Craft Week. Learn about the settee he made during the Mentorship Program.

Sparrow Kettner playing the banjo

Sparrow Pants, Music

Sparrow’s episode of the American Songcatcher podcast provides an audio journal of her mentee experience. Lots of history and great music complement her personal story.

Mentorship student at the loom

Margaret Duggar, Weaving

Margaret Dugger, one of our Weaving mentees, told us how the program “left my heart renewed.” Read Margaret’s wonderful story about her experience on campus using the link below.


Explore Scholarships & Work Trade Programs

In addition to these focused opportunites, we’re proud to offer scholarships and special work-trade programs that help more students from a variety of backgrounds and from all over the world take part in the Folk School Experience. Find more information using the buttons below.

Scholarships Student Host and Work Study

Locate & Contact

Please contact Programming for more information.

The John C. Campbell Folk School

Programming Office

Darcy Holdorf: Director

1.800.FOLK.SCH (365-5724)

Mailing Address
One Folk School Road
Brasstown, NC 28902

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