Internship/Apprenticeship

Specimen Ceiling Mounted Audio Horn Speaker: The Gimbal Horn

Specimen offers an Internship and Apprenticeship program for students who would like to work toward attending CSGM classes at no cost.

Specimen offers an Internship and Apprenticeship program for students who would like to work toward attending CSGM classes at no cost.

Interns will gain skills that will remain useful for a lifetime. An internship at Specimen teaches many universal sculptural fundamentals.

In order to manufacture the Specimen audio line I need help. Handcrafting well made custom items in America is a daunting task. Costs are high and the labor intensive. I insist on making things without compromise out of the highest quality materials. Skill is required to execute my methodology. 

There is also cinderella work. Wax on – wax off. Drudgery gives way to beautiful things. Learn how to bend the sides of a guitar by bending the sides of my horns.

There is sanding, shaping, sweeping, gluing, soldering, clamping, sorting, assembling, etc.

Most Interns work several days a week. I am relatively flexible regarding scheduling. Interns log their hours toward a threshold of three hundred twenty, after which you become an Apprentice. At this point you are encouraged to audit my classes at CSGM at no cost. I will personally monitor your expanding skill set and move the focus of our work into your specific areas of expertise, often in the realm of musical instrument making and design or electronics.

Apprentices are expected to maintain their regiment of shop duties while continuing their studies. Once they have taken the Design and Blueprint class, apprentices are also encouraged to embark on their own instrument builds in the Specimen/CSGM workshops. Open Shop Time is granted to the Apprentice according to a 2:1 ratio. Shop work for Specimen : open shop access for the apprentice. Occasionally apprentices become paid contractors at Specimen or faculty at CSGM.

This symbiotic relationship has been very productive for both students and the school. I encourage prospective Interns to take a version of the Setup and Maintenance class or the Tube Amp Building class to get acquainted with my approach and the facility.

-Ian

Please email [email protected] to enquire.