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Community Development and Garden Education Internships - Summer 2021

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City Blossoms
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Washington, DC
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Published 26 days ago

Who We are:

City Blossoms fosters healthy communities through innovative, community-engaging programming and green spaces. Since 2009, City Blossoms has designed, developed, collaborated on, and provided programming or trainings for over 100 projects throughout Washington, DC and nationwide. Through our work with hundreds of community-based organizations, neighborhood groups, schools, and learning centers, we serve all people, with a particular focus on Latino, African-American, and immigrant youth. We work within neighborhoods in which children and youth may not otherwise have access to green space.


Who You Are:

  • Highly motivated and passionate about gardening, community-building, nonprofit work, and working with young people!
  • This opportunity is ideal for college students, someone new to the area, someone with a non-traditional work schedule looking for additional work in their community, those returning to the work force, or anyone able to work 20 hours per week Tuesday to Saturday at the City Blossoms Studio (516 Kennedy Street NW, Washington, DC 20011), various program sites, as well as some remote work due to COVID-19 . All in-person work will be in compliance with CDC guidelines.
  • Available to attend weekly staff meetings held on Tuesday afternoons
  • Spanish-speaking skills are highly desired

What You'll Do:

Each season, City Blossoms hires interns to assist with its programming and operations. Interns will have the opportunity to interact with staff, children, and community members. All our internships are project-based and can be tailored to your specific interests and goals. For the summer of 2021, City Blossoms is looking for two interns to join our team. Each intern will work in a specific focus area. The two position descriptions are listed below. Please send your application to the staff member listed under the internship you are interested in.

1) Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative Intern

Our Youth Entrepreneurship (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 garden produce back to their communities.

NOTE: Spanish fluency is highly preferred for this position

Responsibilities:

  • Assist youth participants in garden care, harvesting, and running markets
  • Assist with planning, preparing, facilitating, and assessment of YEC programming
  • Lead garden-based projects, for example, developing a new irrigation system, assessing soil, creating art in the garden, and supporting the development of planting plans.
  • Work to maintain gardens, including tasks such as planting, watering, weeding, pest management, compost care, light construction and seedling care.

To apply send application to the YEC Manager, Lauren at newman@cityblossoms.org

2) Early Growers Intern

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:

  • Assist City Blossoms lead instructors with planning and assessment of virtual workshops.
  • 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 workdays with Early Growers partners
  • Support Professional Development Sessions for early childhood educators to be held in the City Blossoms Studio
  • Support in facilitating Early Growers garden excursions and Open Time programming held at City Blossoms' Community Green Spaces

To apply send application to the Early Growers Manager, Jessica at jessica@cityblossoms.org

What Past Interns Have to Say...

"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

"City Blossoms creates such positive space, whether I’m working in the office or out in a garden, I feel like I am truly making a difference, contributing to the organization, and am supported by the entire staff. I’ve learned so much - not only about kids, gardening, nonprofits, and Washington - but also about myself.”

— Danny Di Camillo, former intern


What Past Interns Have Done Next...

  • Found full-time positions in urban agriculture
  • Managed farmers markets
  • Found work in garden-based education

Who We are:

City Blossoms fosters healthy communities through innovative, community-engaging programming and green spaces. Since 2009, City Blossoms has designed, developed, collaborated on, and provided programming or trainings for…

Details at a Glance

  • Start Date
    May 18, 2021
  • End Date
    August 20, 2021
  • Application Deadline
    April 9, 2021
  • Internship Benefits
    Academic Credits
  • Payment
    Stipend
  • Stipend / Wage
    $600 Stipend paid in two installments
  • Hours Per Week
    20 hours/week

Benefits

Interns receive a stipend of $600, paid in two installments of $300 at the midpoint and upon completion of the internship.

Interns receive a stipend of $600, paid in two installments of $300 at the midpoint and upon completion of the internship.

How to Apply

Please include the following in your email to staff member connected with the internship you are interested in as listed above:

  • Position Title
  • Resume
  • In place of a cover letter, please respond to these three questions with 1-3 paragraphs each:
  1. What about the internship you are applying for interests you? What do you hope to gain from the position?
  2. Explain your interest and experience working in gardens with children and youth.
  3. City Blossoms works with diverse communities throughout the District. Please explain your connections to, or roots in, the communities of Washington, DC, and/or your interest in working with DC communities.

City Blossoms is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or age.

Please include the following in your email to staff member connected with the internship you are interested in as listed above:

  • Position Title
  • Resume
  • In place of a cover letter…

Location

On-site
516 Kennedy Street NW, Washington, DC 20011

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