Internships 2019-2020

  • A.J.’s Superior Automotive - Mentor: A.J. Smith, A.J.’s Superior Automotive in Grass Valley Student: Devin Young Class of 2021’s Devin Young has his internship at A.J.’s Superior Automotive in Grass Valley. One of the top Factory Certified Technicians in Northern California, A.J. Smith offers a wide range of environmentally friendly services and his shop is the preferred repair shop for Mini Mania. Under Smith’s mentorship, Devin is learning engine and transmission repair, electrical system diagnosis and repair, heating and air conditioning system repair, brake…
  • Cascade Campers - Mentors: Zach Yeager and Ilsa Chapple, Cascade Campers Student: Brian Schlater Brian Schlater from the class of 2022 has an internship at Cascade Campers under the tutelage of his mentors Zach Yeager and Ilsa Chapple. Cascade Campers is a local camper conversion company that does all of its work in-house, from cabinetry to upholstery. Yeager’s passion for campervans began with a post-high school graduation road trip in a 1964 Volkswagen Bus. Over the years, Yeager learned to relish the spontaneous…
  • Clocktower Records - Mentor: Curt Smith, Clocktower Records Student: Chris Miller Clocktower Records in Grass Valley does more than just sell some of the grooviest used and new albums, CDs, movies, rock posters, cassettes, and 8-track tapes! Did you know they also repair old audio equipment like turntables, amplifiers, tape decks, and reel-to-reel machines? Well, they do, all the way in the back of the store. That’s where you’ll find Bitney Prep intern Chris Miller (Class of 2020). Chris has clearly demonstrated to…
  • Empire Kennels - Mentor: Nate Voelz, Empire Kennels Students: Easton Jacobs and Kloe Warmboe Easton Jacobs from the Class of 2023 and Kloe Warmboe from the Class of 2022 have the internship of their dreams! They get to spend the whole day with furry fools at Empire Kennels in Grass Valley. Not only does Easton and Kloe get to feed, pet, play with, and groom all the floofs, they are learning all about how to run a successful kennel, some basic pet health…
  • Empire Mine Blacksmith Shop - Mentor: Dan Perkins, Empire Mine Blacksmith Shop Student: Tim Reynolds Tim Reynolds from the class of 2021 has an internship at the authentic Blacksmith Shop at Empire Mine under the mentorship of Dan Perkins. At his internship, Tim is learning all the ins and outs of blacksmithing as well as interfacing with the visitors to the shop. Through his internship, Tim has become as well-versed in the storied history of Empire Mine as he has in making one of a…
  • Gold Country Automotive - Mentor: Thomas Roberts, Gold Country Automotive Student: James Penkala James Penkala from the class of 2022 interns at Gold Country Automotive with his mentor Thomas Roberts. James is learning all about vehicle repairs, as Gold County Automotive works on Cooling Systems, Water Pumps, Radiators, Engines, Starters, Alternators, Fuel Injection systems, Transmissions, Clutches, Fuel Pumps, and Suspensions, as well as doing tune-ups, oil changes, computer diagnostics, and preventative maintenance. They’ve got over 40 years of experience in the industry and James…
  • Grass Valley Library - Mentor: Rachel Tucker, Grass Valley Library Royce Branch Student: Dominic Husak Dominic Husak from the Class of 2023 has an internship at the Grass Valley Library Royce Branch working in the children’s section with his mentor Rachel Tucker. The Grass Valley Library – Royce Branch is a wonderfully historic Carnegie library listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Right in the heart of downtown Grass Valley, this library is full to the brim with items for every whim and…
  • Grass Valley Sign - Mentor: Ed Townsend, Grass Valley Sign Student: Jackson Joyce Jackson Joyce, from the Class of 2021, has been interning at Grass Valley Sign with his mentor, owner Ed Townsend, since he was a Freshmen. Founded in 1984, Grass Valley Sign is the largest full-service sign shop in Nevada county. They specialize in custom-made commercial and residential signs, as well as vehicle lettering and graphics. They also create custom banners, decals, vinyl lettering, and more. At Grass Valley Sign, Jackson does…
  • Harry Pelton, Taxidermist - Mentor: Harry Pelton, Taxidermist Student: Skyler Hancock Bitney Class of 2021 student Skyler Hancock has been interning as a taxidermist with his mentor, Harry Pelton. Pelton has been doing taxidermy since 1963 and is well-regarded throughout the country for his meticulous work. As a member of the California Association of Taxidermists, Pelton has won lots of awards and ribbons for his taxidermy of large animals, fish, household pets, birds, and more. Through his internship, Skyler has learned all about cleaning…
  • Hollie Dilley - Mentor: Hollie Dilley Student: Castiel Frost For the past year, Castiel Frost from Bitney’s Class of 2020 has enjoyed the amazing opportunity to intern with artist Hollie Dilley.  Dilley’s work often fuses ceramics and taxidermy in transformative ways. Her art has been featured in SubMerg and Juxtapoz magazines, and her show, “Reincarnation” garnered huge success over the summer at The Chambers Project in Nevada City. You can see Dilley’s creations at http://holliedilley.com/ At his internship, Castiel is learning not only…
  • Inspire Woodworks - Mentors: Danny and Tina Garner, Inspire Woodworks Student: Josiah Susmilch Josiah Susmilch from the Class of 2021 interns with his mentors Danny and Tina Garner at Inspire Woodworks. Josiah has been learning all about custom woodworking, making functional art ranging from custom bar tops to furniture to charcuterie boards. Inspire Woodworks is a family-owned business run by Danny and Tina of Circle G Farms. Together they create one of a kind pieces. Danny first learned to work with wood in…
  • Internship: NEO - Mentor: Halli Ellis-Edwards, NEO Students: John Waddell, Elijah Rameriz, JudeWebb, Erink Jackson, Avery Daniels John Waddell (class of 2022), Elijah Rameriz (class of 2022), Jude Webb (class of 2020), Erin Jackson (class of 2021), and Avery Daniels (class of 2021) are all learning the ins and outs of youth empowerment from their mentor Halli Ellis-Edwards while interning at NEO. NEO was started in 2008 by Ellis-Edwards and her friend, Lynn Skrukrud. Both Ellis-Edwards and Skrukrud grew up in Nevada County…
  • KVMR - Mentors: Sean Dooley, KVMR Music Director; Dave “Buzz” Barnett, KVMR Chief Engineer Students: Justus Brooks, Ezra Echols, Josh Pryor Justus Brooks from the class of 2021 has his internship at KVMR working with his mentor, Sean Dooley, KVMR’s Music Director. Class of 2020 members Ezra Echols and Josh Pryor also intern at KVMR, under the mentorship of Chief Engineer Dave “Buzz” Barnett. While Justus is mostly focused on the music side of broadcasting, Ezra and Josh are learning all the…
  • Lenkaland Photography - Mentor: Lenka Vodicka, Lenkaland Photography Student: Aidan Brancroft Aidan Brancroft from the Class of 2021 is interning at Lenkaland Photography with his mentor Lenka Vodicka. Lenkaland Photography is a professional company that photographs weddings, events, and families. They make art, celebrate life, and connect with families. Through Lenka’s mentorship, Aidan is learning to document the natural moments by being attentive and building the skill-set to photograph unobtrusively. Not only is this internship helping Aidan hone his skills as a photographer,…
  • M3 Mall - Mentor: Melisa Mistler, M3 Mall Student: Elaine Herman Elaine Herman from the Class of 2022 is interning at the M3 Mall. Her mentor is makeup artist and certified TLS coach Melisa Mistler. M3 Mall is your one-stop-shop for Bridal, Beauty, Wellness, Weight Loss, Fundraising, Volunteering, and more. Under Melisa Mistler’s kind and guiding mentoring hand, Elaine is learning about doing makeup, customer service, and scheduling appointments. She’s also learning what it means to be a community leader, a small business…
  • Mother Lode Veterinary - Mentor: Tavish Mathiasen (RVT), Mother Lode Veterinary Student: Kaitlyn Jordan During her entire tenure at Bitney Prep, Kaitlyn Jordan from the Class of 2020 has been in internships working with animals. Starting with horse training at Starr Ranch her sophomore year, she then started working with a large animal veterinarian at Sierra Equine Vet Services. Now, as a senior, Kait is working at Mother Lode Veterinary with her mentor, Tavish Mathiasen, RVT, and is loving every minute of it. At…
  • NC Kombuchary - Mentor: Sean Millar, NC Kombuchary Student: Nico Paoletti Nico Paoletti, from the class of 2021, is working with his mentor, Sean Millar, at NC Kombuchary, a family-owned and operated kombucha brewery in Grass Valley, assisting with production tasks around the brewery. Nico has helped label, sanitize and fill bottles, clean kegs, and keep the facility tidy. He is also learning to brew kombucha from scratch and create his own flavor. NC Kombuchary has a passion for crafting an unparalleled kombucha…
  • NCSA - Mentor: Patti Howard, NCSA Student: Louie Jacobson Louie Jacobson of the Class of 2021 has an internship at Nevada City School of the Arts working with Patti Howard, the speech and language specialist, as a mentor. Louie loves working with kids and helping Patti plan things out and set up lessons for the day. Louie is also learning about the particular diagnostic tests that Patti uses to asses student’s needs and progress, while also learning about physiology and articulation issues…
  • Nevada City School of the Arts - Mentor: Maria Dicintio, Nevada City School of the Arts Student: Kaya Jones Kaya Jones from the class of 2021 is interning as a Teacher’s Assistant for her mentor, Maria Dicintio, in her Third Grade class at the Nevada City School of the Arts, and loving every minute of it. Kaya has been working with the third graders on math activities, reading to them, engaging them in movement activities and art projects, and helping them as they buddy with the kindergarteners.…
  • NorCal Rider’s Choice - Mentor: Jennah McIntosh, NorCal Rider’s Choice Student: Rain, Tristan, Robert Rain (Class of 2022), Tristan (Class of 2021), and Robert (Class of 2020) are all interning this semester at NorCal Rider’s Choice with their mentor Jennah McIntosh. At NorCal Rider’s Choice, they work on motorcycles, quads, and UTVs. From simple oil changes to complete rebuilds, engine tune-ups to tire changes, they are learning it all hands-on learning, even aftermarket installations. These young men are not only following their passion but…
  • Paw Spa - Mentor: Victory Lapp, Paw Spa Student: Annie Farmer Class of 2022’s Annie Farmer interns at Paw Spa in Brunswick Basin under the watchful eye of her mentor Victory Lapp, who’s owned the business for about 4 years now. Paw Spa offers clients full-service grooming, haircuts, and summer shave-downs — not to mention those emergency appointments for skunk and flea baths. Paw Spa offers various kinds of hypoallergenic shampoos, customized according to skin and fur type, and even provides a tearless…
  • Sacred Skulls Tattoo Studio and Gallery - Mentor: Judicael Vales, Sacred Skulls Tattoo Studio and Gallery Student: Castiel Frost Castiel Frost from the Class of 2020 has just started an internship at Sacred Skulls Tattoo Studio and Gallery in Nevada City under the mentorship of shop owner Judicael Vales. Originally from France, Judicael’s tattoo experience spans over 15 years, studying in India and tattooing in France, England, Mexico, Bali, Indonesia, Nepal, and now Nevada City. His coveted style of tattoo weaves together four key aspects: sacred geometry,…
  • South Yuba River Citizens League - Mentor: Ray Lubitz Student: Ziola Meereiltagh Ziola Meereiltagh from the Class of 2021 has an internship at South Yuba River Citizens League (SYRCL), was founded in 1983 to protect the South Yuba River from dams. Through their activism, SYRCL won permanent protections of 39 miles of the South Yuba River under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act. Today, SYRCL is the central hub of community activism to protect, restore, and celebrate the Yuba River watershed. With more than 35 years…
  • Spark’s Subsational - Mentors: Terri Alvarado and Dennae Cromer, Spark’s Subsational Student: Socks Rutledge Hungry? Future sandwich aficionado Socks Rutledge from the class of 2023 thinks you are. Socks is spending the second semester of their Freshman Year interning at Spark’s Subsational in Grass Valley. Opened in 1989 by Ken Archinek, the restaurant is now being run at the South Auburn Street location by cousins Terri Alvarado and Dennae Cromer who are showing Socks the ins and outs of not only how to…
  • The Cabinet Company - Mentor: Jesse Emrich, The Cabinet Company, Inc. Student: Milan Limonciello Milan Limonciello from the class of 2020 has an amazing internship at CCI — The Cabinet Company Inc. Under the direction of his mentor, Jesse Emrich, Milan is learning the fine art of creating custom cabinetry in a modern manufacturing facility. Established 40 years ago, CCI continues as a family-owned and operated business. Every project is processed through the shop with a customer’s name attached and treated as a unique…
  • The Curious Forge - Mentor: Liam Ellerby, The Curious Forge Students: Daniel Freedman and Sam Negrete Daniel Freedman and Sam Negrete from the Class of 2021 both intern at The Curious Forge with their mentor, Liam Ellerby. The Curious Forge is a 20,000+ sq/ft Maker Space located in Nevada City, where members have access to training on a wide variety of over $100,000 in equipment from traditional to advanced. Think of it as an artistic, technical, and industrial playground. At their internship, Daniel and…
  • The Union - Mentor: Elias Funez Students: Ori Rutledge Class of 2021’s Ori Rutledge has an internship with The Union’s Multimedia Reporter Elias Funez. Funez has over 14 years of on-the-beat reporting experience: nine years at the Patterson Irrigator taking on different roles including; Chief Photographer, Photo Editor, Crime Reporter, Page Designer, and Managing Editor, two years at The Modesto Bee and Merced Sun-Star as a Multimedia Photojournalist (he was part of the team that won the California Newspaper Publisher Association’s General Excellence…
  • Walsh Construction - Mentor: Bob Walsh, Walsh Construction Student: Jacob Trembly For the past year and a half, Jacob Trembly of the Class of 2020 has been working with Bob Walsh at Walsh Construction, a general contracting business. Through the mentorship of Walsh, Jacob has learned a number of fundamental construction skills necessary for jobs both large and small. In addition, he has learned how to plan out and pitch bids, maintain a safe and professional job site, and, most importantly, how to…
  • Yoga Well - Mentor: Sarah Molaro, Yoga Well Student: Lainey Williams Lainey Williams from the Class of 2024 is interning with her mentor Sarah Molaro at Yoga Well. Founded in 2014, Yoga Well is a place that serves personal practice, independent teachers, healers, dancers, learners, and peace creators. The Ashtanga methods of Yoga are the main influences on Sarah as a yoga student and teacher. These paths explore the deep roots and eight limbs of Classical Yoga. The most recent developments to her…