Summer Internships for Current Scholars

New Britain ROOTS

Title: Summer Program Assistant
Location: New Britain
Dates: Mon-Fri, with the possibility of 1-2 weekend days. Remote work will not be available. Interns should schedule any needed vacation time prior to the start of the internship.
Hours: 32-38/week

Job Description: 

ROOTS is seeking an intern to serve as a Summer Programs Assistant from June through August. The Program Assistant will work in all facets of our summer programming and in partnership with our summer staff.

The candidate will have the following responsibilities:

Farm To Summer School (30%)

  • Gather curriculum materials and program supplies for staff at our 3 summer school locations.
  • Serve as a substitute in the event an assistant educator is absent from the program (Elementary and middle school).
  • Supervise program field trips.

Farmers Market (30%)

  • Staff the Farmers’ Market Booth each Wednesday and assist those participating in ou market “Bee Bucks” program.
  • Provide staffing assistance when needed on our mobile farmers market.

City Growers – Youth Employment (30%)

  • Assist in supervising high school-aged youth employed in ROOTS’ City Growers program.
  • Harvest produce from gardens for delivery to food pantries or Farmers’ Market.
  • Provide general upkeep and garden maintenance to 10 community and school gardens when programs are not in session.

Non-profit Development & Fundraising (10%)

  • Assist with securing donations and items for our annual fundraiser.
  • Data entry to our fundraising database.

The Program Assistant will work directly with and be supervised by ROOTS' Program Manager, Jenna Van Donselaar. They will be expected to attend weekly staff meetings to discuss their progress, goals, and outcomes. The successful candidate will be someone who enjoys working with youth and children outdoors. Candidates that have a passion for food will especially enjoy this experience.

Career Experience: 

The successful intern will gain valuable experience in community engagement; organizational skills; urban agriculture and gardening, communication, and youth development. Interns will gain the experience of working in a small non-profit setting.

Suggested College Majors:

Preference will be given to applicants who can demonstrate prior youth development experience. Relevant College Majors Include: Public Health, Earth/Environmental Sciences, Agriculture/Horticulture, Sustainability, Elementary or Secondary Education, Community Development, and Social Sciences.

Applicant Requirements: 

Intern must be comfortable working outdoors in a variety of weather conditions. Experience working with youth and/or children preferred.