Summer Internships for Current Scholars

New Britain ROOTS

Title: Summer Program Assistant
Location: New Britain
Dates: 6/7 - 8/20: 35-40 hours per week
Hours: The intern will be expected to work Mon-Fri, with the possibility of two or three weekend days over the summer. Remote work will not be available. Interns should schedule any needed vacation time prior to the start of the internship.

Job Description: 

ROOTS is seeking an intern to serve as Program Assistant during the busiest part of our season, June-August. The Program Assistant will work in all facets of our summer programming and in partnership with all of our summer staff. The candidate will have the following responsibilities;

Farm To Summer School (10% of time and reports to ROOTS’ Education Coordinator)

  • 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 to farms.

Farmers Market (40% of time supervised by ROOTS’ Market Manager)

  • 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.

City Growers – Youth Employment (40% of time supervised by ROOTS’ School Garden Coordinator)

  • 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% of time supervised by ROOTS’ Executive Director)

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

COVID Accommodations:

All staff, students, and volunteers will be required to wear masks (we have masks available) while working indoors. Social distancing will be required whenever possible and vaccinations will be highly encouraged if eligible. Because of the nature of our programs and services, interns will not be able to work remotely.

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 able to work outdoors in many weather conditions. Experience working with youth preferred.