CURES

2014 Summer Urban Agriculture Internship In Partnership Groundwork Hudson Valley 
 

After a successful rooftop garden pilot intership program, Manhattan College’s Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability is looking to get things growing again!  This unique paid internship will provide three selected undergraduate students with an opportunity to learn how to farm, harvest, and work with nature all on an urban rooftop in New York City. Through an interactive partnership with the Yonkers non-profit Groundwork Hudson Valley students will also be trained on how to contruct wooden garden beds, plant, maintain, harvest soil crops, and grow vegetables hydroponically aboard Groundwork’s Science Barge. They will then have the opportunity to vend the produce at a local farmers market in neighboring Yonkers!

Housing will be included for interns within Manhattan College’s Overlook Apartment and interns will each receive a weekly share (CSA) of vegetables and fruits from the market. Interns will also research methods of composting with the goal of implementing campus composting. Students will have the ability to earn credit toward specific majors/minors applicable to internship work and research.

Specific Duties Will Include:

  • Rooftop and East Hill garden maintenance 20 hours/week (March 27, 2014– September 2014)
    • Planting, watering, weeding, harvesting
    • Vending produce at Saturday markets
  • ​Training in hydroponics at the Groundwork Hudson Valley's Science Barge
  • Research of composting methods
    • ​Initiating campus composting at the college

The central importance of this internship is to exemplify that through hard work and dedication you can yield more than just produce, you can change the way a city thinks about and grows food.

Apply today and become a part of the urban agricultural revolution!

How to apply:

Please answer the following questions to the best of your ability. Submit answers on a seperate document to cures@manhattan.edu. The deadline for applications is Monday, March 10, 2014. Notification for internship positions will be delivered approximately a week from deadline submition date. In-person interviews will be conducted after applicants are selected.

  • FIRST/LAST NAME; YEAR; MAJOR; EMAIL; TELEPHONE NUMBER
     
  • RELATED EXPERIENCE: Do you have any experience or background in gardening, composting, or carpentry? If yes please explain.
                                         Do you possess any other skills relevant to this internship?
     
  • AVAILABILITY: Do you have any committments that would potentially conflict with the internship throughout the spring-summer (e.g. additional work, classes, etc.)?
     
  • PASSION: Why are you interested in working as a rooftop garden intern? Include examples of your interest, knowledge, and experience with issues of urban sustainability, food production, and social justice.
     
  • WORK EXPERIENCE: Do you have prior work experience? If so please list position, responsibilites, and years in that position.
                                    Do you prefer to work independently or in a group?
                                    Do you work well under minimal supervision?
     
  • REFERENCES: Please list up to two references. Letters of recommendation are not necessary for this position.
     

For questions please email Arielle Simmons at asimmons.student@manhattan.edu.