Summer 2024 Registration is now open!

Teen Apprentice Program

Paid internships are now available for ages 13-17.

Our Apprentice Program provides summer employment for teens and young adults on the island, while also preparing the next generation of Boatworks staff. In this program, we prepare our students to become leaders within the organization. Apprentices delve deeply into fundamental boatbuilding skills, general tool use, advanced shop safety, and teaching skills, all with a focus on professional development and job responsibility. We work with Apprentices to decide what Boatworks skills they want to focus on, and encourage leadership opportunities within the program. We spend two sessions per week building their skills, and they assistant teach at two sessions per week with the Youngers or Middles programs, honing their teaching skills.


  • Applicants must have previous experience in Boatworks. Preference will be given to recent experience.
  • Applicants who will be 13 can apply for an unpaid apprenticeship position.
  • Applicants who will be at least 14 and no older than 17 at the time of program can apply for a paid apprenticeship position
  • Apprentices must be able to work the last 5 weeks of the program (June 30th - August 3rd). We will have an overnight “lock-in” event to kick off the program on June 30th-July 1st. Please reach out to Tony and Louise at if you have scheduling conflicts!
  • Apprentices will be required to work 8-10 hours per week, including two 2-hour Apprentice classes, and assistant teaching at two 2-hour Younger or Middle classes, plus varying responsibilities of behind-the-scenes work and participation in our launch event on August 3rd