We have had a half dozen interns over the last four years. They have all been excellent. We are grateful for the time they have spent with us.
In the first week we teach them a couple of core skills, which include turning a hot compost pile and pulling nails. These skills represent the two “metabolisms” that William McDonough has identified: biological and technical.
In my opinion, these also teach respect for materials and humility. This week our new intern, Camila, said, “You are like Mr. Miyagi and I am like Daniel-san.”
Here is Camila practicing her technique.
“Like this, Grasshopper.”
Here are our other interns hard at work.
I believe it is a great privilege and responsibility to work with interns. For the process to be successful, all involved must see the benefits. In nature we call this “mutualism,” a mutually-beneficial relationship between two organisms where both are better off.