Location: Cambridge, MA
Position title: CitySprouts Summer Fellow
Duration: 9 weeks
Local expenses: Students must have a transportation plan. Not all of our sites are walkable to main lines of public transportation, and fellows are expected to move among sites within the work day. We find that fellows who have access to a vehicle (either a bicycle or a car) are happiest during the summer. We expect fellows to think through their transportation plan before the start of the summer. Housing is not provided.
CitySprouts’ Summer Program is based in Cambridge and provides 100 youth (ages 11-14) with hands-on learning through growing, harvesting, preparing and eating healthy food in an urban garden. With an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the summer program fosters a strong connection to their natural urban environment through working and learning in the garden.
CitySprouts seeks energetic, diverse, and outgoing college students to provide essential support to the Summer Program. We expect to accept 8-10 CitySprouts Summer Fellows for nine weeks during the summer of 2018. (MWCE note: 1-2 positions will be held for MHC students.) CitySprouts Summer Fellows can expect a significant learning opportunity as well as opportunities for career exploration. Summer Fellows work in pairs, directly with a CitySprouts Garden Coordinator and will also:
- Receive training in urban agriculture
- Learn how to teach children about food and the environment
- Learn how to manage youth groups in an outdoor setting
- Build relationships with and teach middle school youth
- Participate in weekly staff meetings
- Collaborate with a garden maintenance team as stewards for multiple school gardens
- Engage in daily lesson and activity planning in inquiry and project-based curriculum.
- Help build youth’s STEM, social-emotional, gardening, and cooking skills
The CitySprouts Summer Fellowship is an opportunity for interested applicants to gain first-hand experience working in the heart of a growing nonprofit organization. Summer Fellows will be given significant responsibility toward making the summer program a successful experience for all participants, as well as in representing CitySprouts to young people, families and the larger community. All members of CitySprouts staff, including Fellows, are expected to uphold the following expectations:
- Be curious, open and willing to try new things
- Express enthusiasm for the CitySprouts program in the garden, in the neighborhood and on field trips
- Approach the physical labor of garden maintenance with energy and a positive attitude
- Stay mindful of the impact adults have on young people and foster a positive & respectful relationship between youth, other Fellows and CitySprouts staff.
- We expect Fellows and staff to be thoughtful and reflective about how their own identities affect interactions with youth and each other.
Summer Fellow Responsibilities:
Youth Development and Education
- Assist the Garden Coordinator in teaching a team of summer middle school interns about growing food, garden care, healthy cooking, science of the garden, food justice, community service, and the natural environment
- Work with the Garden Coordinator to plan inquiry and project based activities and lessons for interns related to the above topics
- Mentor middle school youth and encourage their leadership skills
- Chaperone youth on field trips to local farms, food pantries and grocery stores
Urban Agricultural Skills
- Work as part of an afternoon garden maintenance crew, perform routine tasks such as watering, weeding, harvesting and planting
- Complete special garden maintenance and construction projects with garden crew
Cooking and Food
- Responsible for pantry inventory at summer internship site
- Responsible for overseeing and maintaining safety during youth meal preparation
About CitySprouts: CitySprouts is a non-profit school garden program that works with public schools to build capacity to integrate the school garden into teachers’ curriculum and the school culture. CitySprouts partners with 23 public schools in Cambridge and Boston, MA. Our Middle School Program consists of both afterschool and summer programming with a goal to make the experience of garden-based learning accessible to all young people.
For more information, visit the CitySprouts website.
Qualifications: Applicants should have experience working with youth and/or have gardening experience (it's fine if they don't have both) and who have spent time working with people who are different from themselves across lines of power and privilege. No specific major required.
Students must apply to this position through LyonNet by February 19, 2018. In your cover letter, please discuss both the experience you bring to the internship and the skills and experience you hope to gain (in no more than a page). Please also list contact information for two references that can speak to your work or school experience.