The Thoreau College Fellowship is a highly personalized experience in which qualified interns are paired with committed local host organizations, businesses, and schools.  The Fellowship Program welcomes applications from graduates of other Thoreau College programs and graduates of Deep Springs College and other Nunnian post-secondary initiatives, as well as individuals who can demonstrate sufficient self-direction, diligence, and maturity to benefit from the program and contribute to success of the host organizations. It is intended to be an extended experience of at least one semester (5-6 months), or up to a full year, with preferred start times in August or January.  We also welcome applicants for shorter Summer Fellowships between June and August.

Fellows are expected to spend at least 20 hrs. per week engaged in Fellowship work and are encouraged to take part in the full life of the Thoreau College community, including governance, meals, community events, guest instructor workshops, and Driftless Folk School classes.  Fellows have the option of living in a Thoreau College residence house along with other Fellows and Residents.  The projected cost of food and housing for Fellows living in Thoreau College facilities is $600 per month.  These costs are partially or fully covered by some Fellowship positions, but all admitted Fellows will participate in a financial pledge process to determine their individual ability to contribute financially to the success of the organization. We are committed to financial accessibility for all Thoreau College programs and finances should be no barrier to participation.



    In 2021-2022, we are seeking to enroll up to 6 Fellows for the following positions within Thoreau College and partner organizations:

    • Thoreau College – Administration, fundraising, communications, and program support
    • Youth Initiative High School – Teaching Assistance/Student Teaching at an independent Waldorf high school
    • Thoreau’s Garden Greenhouse – Greenhouse management, horticulture, and social entrepreneurship
    • Driftless Folk School – Event planning, course promotion, and class assistance for community education courses
    • Commons Cafe – Meal planning, food preservation, and cooking for Thoreau College Students, Fellows, and Staff
    • Summer Fellowship – Gardening, sheep herding, and vineyard work at Compostella Farm and Thoreau College gardens