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Program Coordination Internship

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Organization Description:
Olivewood Gardens and Learning Center is an organic garden and instructional kitchen that uses hands-on cooking, gardening, and science education to teach students and families about nutrition and environmental stewardship. We provide free classes, field trips, and community events to children and adults from National City and around San Diego County.

Job Description:
The Program Coordination Intern will work with the Program Director to support and implement field trips for elementary school students as well as assist with data tracking and teacher communication. The intern will gain a ‘big picture’ view of informal education programs and related issues. Internships are unpaid, but class credit is available.

The intern will:

  • Gain first-hand experience with management of informal education programs; including day-to-day logistics and on-going operations
  • Learn about experiential education techniques in non-traditional classroom settings
  • Network with elementary school teachers, school district representatives, nutrition educators, and nonprofit organizations
  • Understand local health concerns and education challenges

Duties will include:

  • Support field trip program; including set-up and clean-up, greeting students and reviewing rules, dividing students into groups and coordinating rotations, checking-in with volunteers and staff, and problem solving if issues arise
  • Communicate with teachers to manage day-of concerns, represent Olivewood Gardens and solicit feedback
  • Track daily attendance and collect paperwork
  • Assist with or manage on-going projects

The Program Coordination Intern will work approximately 6-8 hours a week* for the duration of the Fall 2015 Semester. Interns are asked to commit to one full day of field trips (Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday from 8:30am to 2pm), with other dates and times flexible. Interns will also be asked to assist with occasional weekend events.

*Student Interns with large hours requirements (120-200) are encouraged to apply, but they must be available on 2-3 weekdays during the workday (8:30am-4:30pm) for 6-8 hours at a time.

We are seeking energetic individuals with a keen interest in working with students; fastidious attention to detail; and a vibrant appreciation for the life lessons learned around the table and in the garden. The ideal candidate…
… is community service minded
…has experience working with children
…is a good public speaker with strong written and oral communication skills
…is computer proficient (including Microsoft Office, social media platforms, and Google apps)
…is a current college student or recent college graduate
…is eager to learn and have fun!

This position is open to all majors. Spanish language proficiency is ideal, but not required.

To Apply:

  1. Submit a Volunteer Application.
  2. Please submit a cover letter and resume to info@olivewoodgardens.org, subject line: “INTERNSHIP – Program Coordination”
  3. Accepted applicants will be interviewed prior to placement.