Intern - Short Term - Seasonal
Winnedumah Hotel

The Historic Winnedumah Hotel, Independence California

Short Term Intern Opportunities Help Restore a Historic Hotel in the Eastern Sierra Nevada

40 miles south of Bishop, California in the heart of the central Eastern Sierra Nevada range, the Winnedumah Hotel is an amazing base for all that the region has to offer for hiking, camping, skiing


Intern - Short Term - Seasonal

Winnedumah Hotel
Independence, California
No experience required
Start Date:
Job starts immediately! (Jun 28, 2019)

Winnedumah Hotel

The Winnedumah Hotel is a historic hotel located in Independence, California. In June of 2019, this 25 room boutique hotel came under new ownership and management. Our focus is to restore this iconic hotel, rich in history and ambience, to its 1927 glory, keeping true to the character and history of the hotel and the region.

The opportunity

We are seeking interns (preferably a couple or two friends) who aren’t afraid of hard work, while learning about hospitality and helping in the restoration of a historic hotel. The Winnedumah Hotel in Independence, California was built in 1927. Under new ownership and management, we are focused on bringing this hotel back to its former beauty during its heyday when old western film stars stayed here while filming classic western films.

The work will vary and no two days will be the same but an emphasis will be placed on housekeeping, deep cleaning, landscaping, maintenance and possibly assisting in food and beverage and on the front desk.

Our expectation is that interns are able to lift a minimum of 50 pounds on a regular basis and to be in unfriendly environmental conditions. Standing, stooping, bending, manual dexterity, and ability to stand long hours is required.

A heart of hospitality will go a long way in enhancing your internship process. You will be working under the guidance of experienced and award winning hospitality professionals and have the opportunity to understand the workings of a boutique hotel from the ground up.

Work days will typically be 4 to 5 hours in length with the rest of the time available to go and explore and enjoy your environment. Shifts will vary depending upon the assignments given on any given day and occupancy at the hotel.

Two days a week will be given whenever possible for free time. When possible the days will be back to back but may be split days.

Please note internships will last a minimum of 2 to 4 weeks and we will consider renewing the internship. We are somewhat flexible on length as we will be looking for interns during all seasons. We are, however, looking to place at least two immediately. Please specify in your application your preferred season and minimum and maximum length of time you would like to intern for.

Preference will be given to those interns seeking to broaden their experience in hospitality, construction, landscaping, food and beverage, maintenance. Retirees will also be considered on a case by case basis.

ROOM, breakfast and small stipend

We provide a shared twin bedroom with a shared communal bath. Valuable and excessive possessions should be left at home as there is no storage space for more than one suitcase per person. There is an upstairs kitchen with a small refrigerator and freezer and microwave that may be used. Cookware and dishes are not provided. Breakfast will be provided all other meals will need to be prepared by intern(s). The closest small grocery store is 15 miles south of us in Lone Pine and the other shopping place is 40 miles north of us in Bishop. It is essential that team members respect that they are staying in a historic hotel and that our guests come first.

We do not have televisions on property but there is free wireless internet. Cell phone service is good depending upon your provider. We are strictly a smoke free facility. Overnight visitors are not permitted due to limited room space.

A small stipend is part of the internship but the experience gained for your resume in hospitality and the opportunity to have time to explore the Eastern Sierra Nevada region is why you will want to be chosen for this opportunity.


If selected, the intern(s) is responsible for transportation to the Winnedumah Hotel in Independence California. Individuals driving their own vehicles will experience a great deal more mobility during their time with us and will have an opportunity to explore the Eastern Sierra Nevada region in a more fulfilling manner. We strongly encourage applicants to have a form of transportation given the distance between various locations.


Independence, California sits at the very base of the Eastern Sierra Nevada Range between Lone Pine and Bishop. Mammoth Lakes is not very far away either. There is a wealth of outdoor activities including hiking, cycling, camping, fishing, exploring and so much more. Sitting at an elevation of about 3,900 feet, we experience a high desert environment with hot days during the summer months but cooling off in the evenings and temperate fall days. During the slower winter season, skiing is a short drive away and the hotel makes a perfect base camp for skiing during your days off and giving you a break from the snow when you are scheduled to work. There is an amazing opportunity to grow your network by meeting other folks from nearby areas that are also on seasonal internships and work.

How to Apply

Email resumes / joint resumes to placing "Internship Application" in the subject line. Absolutely no phone calls at this time nor walk in candidates will be considered at this time.

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