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Our interns receive hands-on and in-depth opportunities to learn about our programs while networking with our local partners. Growing Gardens internships are open to anyone who BELIEVES in our mission. Hours and roles vary from program to program and we expect our interns to commit to the requested time frame.

*At this time our internships are not paid opportunities* 

Correctional Facility Internship

Our Lettuce Grow Program interns assist our Correctional Facilities Director, Rima Green. Tasks vary and are dependent on program needs and intern interests. We’re especially keen with applicants who are self driven and have patience working with correctional facilities. We’re currently partnered with correctional facilities throughout Oregon. Responsibilities may include driving across the state to connect with Lettuce Grow volunteers, facilitate classes, data entry, research grants and create or expand on refining our program.  Interns go through a department of correction background check, attend a DOC training, and will work closely with our Lettuce Grow Program Director. Gardening experience is welcome but not required, interns will work out in the garden with our inmate students and have an opportunity to facilitate indoor/outdoor garden lessons.

Youth Grow Intern

This internship is on hold while schools are in distance learning mode. In other years, our Youth Grow Program interns assist the lead School Garden Educator in facilitating classroom garden lessons by: leading small groups of  students while implementing garden lessons. Responsibilities include helping with set-up and clean-up of activities, supporting classroom management, helping with garden maintenance, and documenting student experiences (ie. quotes and photos). Note: We are partnered with 11 local elementary schools. Terms: Sept-Dec and/or Jan-June.

Social Media Intern

Our Social Media and Communications Intern must be independent, self-directed, creative, and a concise communicator. We’re looking for a candidate who is a meticulous editor and can keep our community well informed and involved with our mission. Along with taking charge of Growing Gardens’ social media accounts we are looking for a blog enthusiast ready to develop engaging stories that connect to the work we do and add to the dialogue of the food justice movement. Our intern will work closely with our Executive Director to market fundraising events, publicize volunteer needs, and develop outreach materials.

Events and Outreach Intern

Our Home Gardens Program increases fresh food access by providing the resources, education and support for limited income families to grow food for themselves and neighbors. Our Events and Outreach intern must be enthusiastic, self directed, organized, and an engaging communicator. We’re looking for an energetic candidate who enjoys the prospect of co-leading our garden build/installation events and increasing local businesses involvement with our mission. Our intern will assist our Home Gardens team with reaching out for program donations and will deliver gardening materials for our clients throughout the Portland region.

David Douglas High School Garden Intern

Our Youth Grow Program seeks to hire 3 David Douglas High School students as summer interns to grow food at the David Douglas High School garden, mentor students in the 9th Grade Counts Food Justice Program and assist in elementary Garden Clubs. See more information and how to apply here.

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