Summer Internships for Current Scholars

New Britain ROOTS

Title: Program Assistant
Location: New Britain
Dates: Start near June 11, and stop around August 17, ten weeks.
Hours: The work week will be Monday-Friday, with the possibility of one or two weekends, between 30-35 hours/week. Hours will be flexible based on the intern’s schedule.

Job Description:

The Program Assistant will work in all facets of our summer programming and needs to communicate with multiple staff and program partners. The candidate will have the following responsibilities;

  1. Farm To Summer School 
    • Gather curriculum materials and program supplies for staff at our 4 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.
  2. Summer Meals Promotion 
    • Assist Whitson’s and the Hunger Action Team to get the word out about Free Summer Meals for youth in New Britain. 
    • Distribute materials and attend community events to promote summer meal locations.
  3. Farmers Markets 
    • Staff the Farmers’ Market Booth each Wednesday and provide assistance to those participating in our market “Bee Bucks” program. 
    • Provide staffing assistance when needed on our mobile farmers market.
  4. Garden Maintenance 
    • Provide upkeep and maintenance to 10 community and school gardens when programs are not in session. 
    • Harvest produce from gardens for delivery to food pantries or Farmers’ Market.
  5. Annual Fundraiser 
    • Promote our annual fundraiser to be held August 4th. 
    • Coordinate the pickup of supplies and logistics for the fundraiser.

The intern will be responsible for achieving our program goals of; 
1. Ensuring that our Farm to Summer programs have all necessary supplies and staffing for all the students enrolled. 
2. Increase the participation for children in need of summer meals by working with the New Britain Hunger Action Team. 
3. Ensure proper care and maintenance of school and community gardens.
4. Increase the participation in New Britain Farmers Markets

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.

Applicant Requirements:

Desired personal skills include: a strong interest in issues of urban agriculture and food security; ability to work independently and with groups of youth, desire to work outside in all weather conditions and proactively creates safe workspaces. Spanish fluency a plus.

Suggested College Major:

All majors but preference will be given to relevant college majors, including: Public Health, Earth/Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Secondary Education, Community Development, and Social Sciences.