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Urban Agriculture and Education Internships

Urban Agriculture and Education Internship

This program offers UC Berkeley students the opportunity to intern with community, K-12 school and campus urban agriculture programs. Interns will be fully immersed and involved in the daily activities and programs of the sites and receive two to three units of academic credit for participating: one unit per 45 hours through ESPM 197 Food Systems Minor or Education Minor W144. This is an unpaid internship. This is an excellent opportunity for a hands-on experience in the community with youth, local farms and small urban agriculture businesses. No gardening skills or teaching experience necessary!

Minimum 6 to maximum 12 hours/week (min. 90 hours to max of 135 hours for the full fall semester) with commitment to regular days and times each week to be worked out with site coordinators. Fingerprinting and TB testing required; the cost will be covered by the program.

Send resume and cover letter as a single pdf to by November 30th. Indicate your top two sites.

Berkeley Unified School District: Gardening & Cooking Program (Up to 10 positions) is a district-wide program that incorporates hands-on, interdisciplinary, experiential education in 17 school gardens and 4 kitchen classrooms, from preschool to high school. Instructors teach from a garden-based learning curriculum that is woven into academic standards and integrates social emotional development and early interaction with nature and food systems. Interns will be fully involved in classroom activities, by supporting with gardening, instruction, and classroom management. Please indicate if you would prefer: garden based learning in elementary; project-based in the garden in middle; or nutrition education with high school students. Interns will need to be self starters and able to model good behavior for students.

Oakland Unified School District: Garden, Nutrition, And Sustainability Program (Up to 5 positions) is a district-wide program that uses a multi-faceted approach to providing urban students access to healthy, locally-produced food; understanding of food systems and natural cycles; engaging in experiential, standards-based garden and nutrition lessons; building self-reliance and character; and connecting to local community. OUSD has 20 school learning gardens and a food waste program in school cafeterias. Interns will work in gardens and cafeterias with classroom management, instruction, waste reduction and recovery, focused group work, waste data tracking, reporting, and student engagement.

UC Gill Tract Community Farm (Up to 5 positions) is a collaborative project between UC Berkeley and the local community, located in Albany. The Farm focuses on issues of food justice and urban farming and aims to be a community space and resource. It is a flagship for urban farming, growing over 18,000 pounds of vegetables a year and collaborating with over 30 different organizations across the East Bay. Interns will work directly with one or more of the Farm’s Working Groups on different aspects of Farm production, programs, organization, funding and administration.