Youth Programs Internship

Youth Programs

Meet the 2018 Interns

The Youth Programs Internship, now in its 9th year, is an opportunity for Rutgers students to teach younger children about plants, food, healthy living and environmental issues. Students from a variety of academic disciplines will have the opportunity to use their classroom learning to enhance our programming and to broaden their own knowledge of different disciplines through hands-on exploration and class work.
In addition to developing programs and working with youth, interns will help to plant and maintain the Community Youth Garden, which is used for much of our youth programming and as a public display. Youth program interns will also work collaboratively with the interns in the adjacent student sustainable farm.
Students selected for this paid internship will work 5–10 hours a week during the spring semester and 35 hours per week during the summer. Enrollment in the three-credit summer course “The Principles and Practice of Small-Scale Organic Farming,” offered through the Agriculture and Food Systems curriculum, is required for the internship. This class will provide experience with all aspects of basic organic vegetable, fruit and herb production, from field preparation to harvest, and cover topics on nutrition, food justice and community engagement.


Salad table summercamp
Salad table in the greenhouse
Harvesting in the Community Youth Garden

Our interns help with all aspects of the Youth Programs:

  • Assist and lead group tours, programs and classes
  • Plant, maintain, and harvest the Community Youth Garden
  • Organize and lead activities for summer camp
  • Provide programs for public events
  • Work with Rutgers Gardens volunteers
  • Promote programs and events
  • Work with other interns in other areas of the Gardens

Internship Timeline
Spring semester: March 19–May 11, 2018, 5–10 hours per week, set schedule based on student’s availability (weekday hours preferred, weekend hours possible, additional hours possible, depending on our need)
Summer: May 14–August 24, 2018, 35 hours per week, weekdays  (some evening or weekend hours may be needed).

Although this position is designed to support the Rutgers Gardens Youth Program and its goals of community outreach and horticultural education, this position also provides each intern with educational experiences that enhance the student’s academic aspirations.

This Internship is available to Rutgers students who will be registered during the summer semester. Interns will be required to register for the 3 credit summer class Principles and Practices of Small-Scale Organic Farming (11:020:331). The Principles and Practice of Small-Scale Organic Farming course will run from May 31-July 19, 2018.
To apply, download the Internship Application to your computer, fill in the requested fields, save and email to the Youth Programs Coordinator, Debbie Henry. Completed applications must be received by February 23, 2018.  Selected applicants will be contacted for interviews to take place in late February and beginning of March.
For more information on the Youth Program Internship contact Debbie Henry