Internship and Volunteer FAQ
What does it mean to volunteer or intern for Energy Plant?
Volunteering or interning with Energy Plant means that you will be part of one of our two teams- the EP Sound Engineering Program (EPSEP) or the EP Community Collective (EPCC). As part of our team, you and one of the volunteer/intern supervisors (either Bo Brockman or YJ Carson) will create a timeline consisting of the amount of hours, goals, tasks, and projects you will be working on. If you are doing an internship or community service learning program, EP will coordinate your program with you and your educational institution to ensure you are meeting the expectations and requirements of your program. An internship and/or volunteership with Energy Plant means that you are spending your time working for and contributing to a professional local non-profit that supports local arts and music in your community.
What is Energy Plant’s organizational structure?
Click here to see the Energy Plant Organizational Structure
What kinds of volunteer opportunities does Energy Plant offer?
Energy Plant offers two kinds of intern/volunteer programs:
- The EP Sound Engineering Program (EPSEP)
- The EP Community Collective (EPCC)
The EPSEP is currently supervised by Bo Brockman, Director of Operations. Other task managers may include one of EP’s sound engineers. Our sound engineers have degrees in the Recording Arts, and have experience recording, mixing, using professional grade sound equipment, producing albums, coaching musicians to get the best possible performance, stage management, and other tasks related to the field of sound engineering. Volunteering or interning with the EPSEP often includes learning and gaining experience in sound recording and mixing as outlined above.
The EPCC is currently supervised by YJ Carson, Director of Programs and Development. Other task managers may include staff members of our Community Relations Department that are volunteering or interning with the EPCC. This will often include learning and gaining experience in community relations, community organizing and building, business promotion, navigating a non-profit organization, office tasks, implementing Energy Plant community projects such as coordinating and organizing live performances, assisting with fundraising, and more.
For more information visit our Internship Opportunities page.
What kind of time commitment is required if I volunteer?
Your time commitment is negotiated between you and your volunteer/internship supervisor at EP at the beginning of your term.
Can I get college credit for interning?
Yes. Energy Plant works with Butte College’s Job Office and certain colleges within CSU, Chico. Energy Plant is willing to work with any other educational institution to ensure that the guidelines of your class internship are met. This includes meeting with educational liaisons/staff, completing paperwork, and honoring any other agreements and learning contracts, as negotiated at the beginning of your internship.
What kind of supervision is offered for volunteers and interns?
Energy Plant offers two kinds of intern/volunteer programs, the EP Sound Engineering Program (EPSEP), and the EP Community Collective (EPCC). See above at “What kinds of volunteer opportunities does Energy Plant offer?”
The EPSEP is currently supervised by Bo Brockman, Director of Operations, and the EPCC is currently supervised by YJ Carson, Director of Programs and Development. Depending on your intern/volunteer track, Bo and YJ work with each volunteer and intern to organize projects, scheduling, provide feed back, provide training related to your volunteer/intern track, and and ensure any other agreements made at the time of accepting an intern or volunteer position.
What are benefits of volunteering/interning at Energy Plant?
Benefits include receiving college credit (for interns), learning about non-profit organizations, growing your social and professional network in local music and art society, positively contributing to the local arts culture, and enriching your life with local music and art.
How can I contribute to the mission of EP without doing a Volunteership or Internship?
Thank you for your interest in helping sustain Energy Plant. If you do not have the time to complete a volunteership or internship with us, we happily accept donations to the following by cash, check, debit/credit, or PayPal. For more information about donations click here.
Who should I contact regarding volunteering and internships?
Contact Bo Brockman, Director of Operations at (530) 520-2812
or email with a Subject heading: “Internship” or “Volunteer”