Do you want to volunteer at Mindcamp? We have a number of internship positions available. Mindcamp interns (known as “Bananas”) work in teams, and their responsibilities can include:
- help presenters with their sessions: ensure they have supplies, help them set up and greet participants, assist during sessions as needed, help clean up after
- make Mindcampers, especially first-timers, feel welcome and comfortable
- gather and analyzing feedback from participants and presenters
- work with young people age 6-17
- general ingenuity and problem-solving when things go wrong
You must be…
- at least 18 years old as of the first day of Mindcamp (exception: Youth Program assistants can be 17)
- able to work starting on the afternoon of Tuesday, August 21 (one day before Mindcamp begins), and stay until Sunday afternoon, August 26 (the last day)
- a willing team member, showing a supporting attitude toward all the other bananas as well as presenters and participants — basically everyone!
- able to manage time effectively (e.g. show up early for meetings, get up in the morning in time to be showered and ready for action by breakfast, etc.)
- willing to be guided by the Banana Code of Conduct
- able to laugh, especially at yourself!
What You Get
- A chance to attend and assist with sessions given by really great experts in the creativity field
- A chance to be on a diverse team of amazing interns like you
- A chance to develop new (and strengthen existing) leadership and team skills
- A post-Mindcamp letter of reference outlining your duties and the skills you demonstrated
As a Banana, you must agree to be guided by our Code of Conduct. It’s here to help you make good choices in relation to your responsibilities. Please read carefully! Interning at Mindcamp will not be a pleasure for you (or for us) if you cannot or will not abide by the Banana Code.
Banana Code of Conduct
- Show up—on time—and ready to make a positive difference.
- You’re here to help…. be helpful!
- Don’t forget this is your chance to learn some cool new stuff.
- Honour your commitments.
- Turn up early for your sessions, stay and play, and stay to promote and collect feedback.
- Don’t do anything that will impair your ability to do your job.
- Be part of the team.
- Be a good influence on the other bananas, especially if they are younger or newer than you.
- Be visible!
Show up to your sessions, to banana meetings… even if you have nothing to do, show up to Banana HQ and figure out how to be useful.
Be helpful—to the organizers, to other bananas, to presenters, to participants.
In many cases you’ll be able to pick the sessions you would want to attend anyway. But even in cases where you’ve been given a session, take it as an opportunity to learn something unexpected.
Before Mindcamp, check your email regularly and respond promptly to Mindcamp emails, especially questions from the organizers or the Top Banana. During Mindcamp, get to know your presenters and their needs as early as possible. And love your walkie! Never turn it off (although you can turn it down if the sound is interfering with the session). In general, speak up if you see something going wrong.
Commit to being a banana by June. Meet your presenter as early as you can. If you agree to do something, do it.
Can’t think how to make this clearer. You may have a reason to leave the session (e.g., to get some extra supplies) but in general, when you’re banana-ing a session, you’re also a participant.
We know it’s great to see your friends and it’s tempting to stay up late to hang out with them. But make sure you get enough sleep to be perky in the morning. No excessive drinking, please, and definitely no drugs.
Hang around in bunches. Have the back of your other bananas. If you can’t solve a problem, ask for help… it goes both ways! It’s your job to be very involved.
You might be surprised how strong an influence one banana can have. And even if you’re young and brand new to Mindcamp, your attitude will definitely affect the bunch. Make it a good one!
Always wear your shirt while at Mindcamp. Don’t leave the active areas (Banana HQ, the Hub, program rooms) or hang out in your room (or anyone else’s). If you need a break, check first with the Top Banana and agree on a time.
Still here? You just passed the first test. You read all the way to the bottom of the page. WE ARE FULL FOR THIS YEAR, but if you’d like to be on the waiting list, click here to apply to intern at Mindcamp.