All three students who have completed the internship so far have successfully found jobs in the brewing industry afterward, attesting to the thoroughness and efficacy of the training offered by Sloop, which coaches one intern per quarter. “The internship offers hands-on training in all aspects of brewery production including packaging, cellaring and wort production,” said Melissa Larrick, the third graduate of the Open Waters program. “Not only does it give the intern a foundation of skills needed to land a job in the brewhouse, but it also offers training on proper brewing terminology, hop, malt, and yeast education, and just an overall understanding of the nature of the beast!”
“The Open Waters Internship provided a foot in the door and a launch point for my career trajectory I couldn't have imagined otherwise,” said Shanna Bowman, Sloop’s second-quarter intern for 2021. “Between the flexible scheduling and being paid, it made the option to learn viable in ways typical hands-on experience cannot be afforded when also holding down a 'safe and stable job for income' these days. For the diversity aspect, Sloop made it clear from the jump that people like me are welcome and encouraged to be there, against an otherwise male dominated industry; it removed the burden of suspicion and the walls-up approach that can accompany a position among the unknown.”
The Open Waters internship is open to anyone over 21. Interns must commit to a minimum of 20 hours a week over a three-month period, running from January 3 to approximately March 31, though scheduling is somewhat flexible.
The application period for a first-quarter internship is now open through December 1. Applications received after that date will be considered for subsequent quarters. Apply online.