Internships

The world is a complex place and our students need the knowledge that arises out of confronting the challenges of the real world. Every Wednesday, all day, Bitney students can be found all over Nevada County at local businesses and organizations. From artists to automobiles, veterinary offices to government offices, Bitney students work side by side with their mentors. From manufacturing to disc jockeying, computer science to electrical engineering, there is a place for every interest and dream. Our dynamic full-day INTERNSHIP PROGRAM puts our students into the workspace where they learn the professional and soft skills they’ll need to follow their passions and succeed.

Below, please find a sampling of some of the dynamic internships our students have taken advantage of recently!

  • A.J.’s Superior Automotive - Mentor: A.J. Smith Student: Dean Vincent Class of 2022’s Dean Vincent 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, …

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  • Bright Futures for Youth - Mentor: Cori Ove Student: Jamie Thomas Rose — Class of 2022 Jamie Thomas Rose, Class of 2022, is interning at Bright Futures for Youth. Bright Futures for Youth is a community-focused nonprofit organization committed to addressing the ever-changing needs of youth, from sixth-graders to those in their mid-20s, in Nevada County. Bright Futures for Youth, …

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  • Cascade Campers - Mentors: Zach Yeager and Ilsa Chapple 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 …

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  • Clocktower Records - Mentor: Curt Smith 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 …

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  • Empire Kennels - Mentor: Nate Voelz 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, …

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  • 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 …

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  • Empire Mine Historic State Park - Mentors: David and Laura Student: Brenden McSweeny, Class of 2025 Brenden McSweeny from the Class of 2025 has an internship at Empire Mine Historic Park. Empire Mine is the site of one of the oldest, deepest, and richest gold mines in California. In operation for more than 100 years, the mine extracted 5.8 million ounces …

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  • For The Love Of Pets Veterinary Hospital - Mentor: Bev Warner Student: Sean Schooch, Class of 2025 Sean Schoch, from the Bitney Prep Class of 2025, has an amazing internship at For The Love Of Pets Veterinary Hsopital. For The Love Of Pets Veterinary Hospital is a full-service veterinary medical facility located in Grass Valley, CA. The professional and courteous staff at For …

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  • Gold Country Automotive - Mentor: Thomas Roberts 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • JROB Custom Screen Printing - Mentor: Robin Chambers Student: Josh Bell, Class of 2023 Josh Bell, from the Bitney Prep Class of 2023, is learning the fashion business from the ground floor. He’s currently interning with his mentor, Robin Chambers, at JROB Custom Screen Printing. With close to 30 years of experience in the industry, JROB Custom Screen Printing handles …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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, …

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  • 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. …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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, …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • Seven Hills Middle School - Mentor: Michael Malakian Student: Alyssa Gates, Class of 2023 Alyssa Gates from the class of 2023 is interning at Seven Hills Middle School, working with her mentor, Michael Malakian, in the Special Needs Classroom, and she is loving every minute of it! Alyssa’s internship starts at 8 AM on Wednesdays. Along with her mentor, she …

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  • Solstice - Mentor: Laura Parker Student: Trent Felty — Class of 2023 Trent Felty, Bitney Prep Class of 2023, is interning at Solstice, a thrift and costume shop in Nevada City. Solstice is a clothing and costume shop for all genders that offers new and resale items that are both unique and of good quality. They have …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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, …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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  • Tripp’s Auto Body - Mentor: Todd Tripp Student: James Burns, Class of 2023 James Burns from the Class of 2023 has an amazing internship at Tripp’s Auto Body in Grass Valley and is learning so much from his mentor, Todd Tripp. Tripp’s Auto Body Shop has been serving the Nevada County area for more than 60 years. Their technicians …

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  • 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 …

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  • 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 …

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