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Wild Herb Weekend Work Trade &
Internship Opportunities

Every year the North Carolina Herb Association sponsors interns to help with the annual “Wild Herb Weekend” conference, held just outside Boone, NC. Interns receive full tuition in exchange for designated work assignments. The conference consists of herbalists, enthusiasts, growers, and practitioners gathering to learn and share a wealth of knowledge.

Deadline for submitting entries: June 15, 2024
Recipients will be notified via e-mail by June 30, 2024.


Who can apply: NCHA prefers that applicants are enrolled in an herbal studies or horticultural science program, however the application process is open to all who wish to apply. Preference will be given to residents of North Carolina. Travel at the center is on foot, so good mobility is a must, as interns will be walking up hillsides and climbing stairs throughout the weekend. Some lifting will be required when setting up tables, chairs, and carrying supplies and merchandise. More info about the conference center is available here.


What the interns do:

  • Are present at the conference from Friday afternoon at approximately 12:00 PM until Sunday afternoon when dismissed by the coordinator (3:00PM)

  • Help with conference registration and prep

  • Assist vendors with set up and take down of their displays (will require some lifting/ carrying)

  • Operate the Student Raffle which pays for the internship program

  • Support speakers with their presentations during classes on Saturday & Sunday

  • Help with conference clean-up and take down


What interns receive:

  • Full tuition, which includes meals from Friday supper – Sunday lunch, and two nights lodging (a $375 value) Lodging is shared rooms with shared bath. Sorry, no air conditioning, but feel free to bring a fan. More info on lodging here.  

  • The opportunity to attend and assist in classes during the conference

  • Time for networking, making new friends, and having fun!

Join us for a wonderful weekend of opportunity in beautiful Valle Crucis,
where NCHA has been meeting for 30 plus years!

A group of five interns stand with the mountains behind them and bundles of flowering herbs in their hands
A group of five interns sit and stand in front of the railing at the Valle Crusis Conference Center with mountains behind
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