As part of our commitment to helping a new crop of community leaders, growers, and educators take shape, City Blossoms offers hands-on internships for students and recent(ish) grads, or anyone with a passion for learning.

Every day was a new, exciting experience, which made it a joy to come in. Maximize each and every learning experience that presents itself during your internship. There are so many unique and amazing things you can learn if you’re open to receiving them.
— Taylor Coats, former intern

Seasonal Cycles

Internships are offered three times a year, require approximately 18-20 hours a week, and include a small stipend. Each internship runs for approximately 12 weeks.  All internships are project-based and participants work directly with staff, children, and community members. Projects and responsibilities vary depending on the season.

Spring: Mid February - Mid May

Summer: Mid May - Mid August

Fall: Early September - Early December

Internship Categories

Our internships are a chance to acquire skills for teaching and community-based education in an outdoor setting. They are ideal for self-directed individuals who have experience working with children and an interest in environmental education, art, nonprofit work, and promoting healthy living skills. Spanish-speaking skills are highly desired.
Click on the category titles for a more detailed description of each internship.

 

Community Green Spaces Internship: Our Community Green Spaces (CGS) are communally planted multi-purpose spaces, open to the general public, that provide free and affordable programs for youth and families with a primary focus on out-of-school time and field trips.  Responsibilities include:

  • Assist City Blossoms lead instructors with planning, teaching and assessment of ongoing, free, out-of-school programming with children, youth and neighbors.
  • Support evaluation and documentation of programming in CGSs
  • Help to maintain several gardens including tasks such as planting, watering, weeding, pest management, compost care and light construction
  • Help in planning, preparing for, and facilitating garden work days and community events
  • Similar to a student teaching position, the intern will be encouraged to observe, assist and facilitate programming

 

Early Growers Internship: Our Early Growers program focuses on partnering with early childhood centers, working with ages 2-5. The curriculum is based on City Blossoms' unique teaching model, intertwining artistic expression, healthy living skills, environmental education, and community development. Responsibilities include:

  • Assist City Blossoms lead instructors with planning, teaching and assessment of ongoing workshops.
  • Support curriculum documentation
  • Help to maintain several educational gardens including tasks such as planting, watering, weeding, pest management, compost care and light construction
  • Help in planning, preparing for, and facilitating community work days
  • Support Professional Development Sessions for early childhood educators to be held in the City Blossoms Studio
  • Similar to a student teaching position, the intern will be encouraged to observe, assist and facilitate programming

 

Partner Garden Internship: Our Partner Garden program focuses on partnering with elementary schools, ages Pre-k to 5th grade. The curriculum is based on City Blossoms' unique teaching model, intertwining artistic expression, healthy living skills, environmental education, and community development. Responsibilities include:

  • Assist City Blossoms lead instructors with planning, teaching and assessment of ongoing workshops with children in grades Pre-K-5th.
  • Support curriculum documentation
  • Help to maintain several school gardens including tasks such as planting, watering, weeding, pest management, compost care and light construction
  • Help in planning, preparing for, and facilitating community work days
  • Support Professional Development Sessions for elementary educators to be held in the City Blossoms Studio
  • Similar to a student teaching position, the intern will be encouraged to observe, assist and facilitate programming

 

Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative Internship: Our YEC program combines garden-education with business skills to prepare high school students for possible next-level careers and job-readiness. Participants maintain garden spaces, make added-value products, and sell those products and produce back to their communities. The YEC Intern will help the Program Manager run the program.  Responsibilities include:

  • Assist the YEC Program Manager with planning, teaching and assessment of the YEC programming
  • Support documentation of curriculum
  • Assist students in the greenhouse through planting, transplanting, and seedling care
  • Help to maintain two school gardens, including tasks such as planting, watering, weeding, pest management, compost care and light construction
  • Similar to a student teaching position, the intern will be encouraged to observe, assist, and facilitate programming

 

Administrative and Development Internship Experience how grassroots organizations execute program evaluation, fundraising, and grant management. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in non-profit management. Previous experience with Salesforce and Adobe Creative Suite are a plus but not required. Responsibilities include:

  • Assist in maintaining grant management system
  • Regularly document the progress of programming through photo, video, and recording stories
  • Help with organizing annual fundraiser
  • Help staff with garden based programming and community events
  • Assist the Executive Director, Director of Operations, and Volunteer Coordinator as needed

 

For more information about our internships, or to apply for an internship, email willa@cityblossoms.org.

 

City Blossoms does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or age.