Be a Garden Intern at DC Prep!

Please see below/this link for info about a school garden internship at DC Prep Charter School this summer. This is a great opportunity to learn about organic gardening in small spaces, fruit tree management, gardening with kids, and help bring healthy food to a community that has little access to affordable, chemical free fruits and vegetables.

DC Prep is looking for dedicated and talented interns to assist with our gardening program.  DC Prep’s Green Thumbs Gardening Club has been running since the 2010-11 school year. Through the Garden Club, students in Prep EX!, our Extended Learning Program, work with our Gardening Instructors to grow, care for, and harvest fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Students use the garden’s produce to cook healthy and delicious meals.

DC Prep is seeking gardening interns for the Summer of 2012 and the 2012-13 school year.  Interns will work with the Gardening Instructor at the Edgewood or Benning Elementary Campuses for a minimum of 10 hours per week.  This is an unpaid internship.

DC Prep is a charter management organization committed to bridging the
educational divide in the nation’s capital by increasing the number of students
from low-income communities with the academic preparation and personal
character to succeed in competitive high schools and colleges. Currently
serving students in Preschool through 8th grade at three tuition-free public
charter schools, DC Prep will grow to 10 schools enrolling 10% of public school
students in Wards 5-8. Now in its 9th year, DC Prep has a track record of success in ensuring that its students and employees reach their highest potential. To learn more, visit our website at

Depending on assignments, responsibilities can include:

  • Plant and care for a variety of annual and perennial vegetables, herbs,  and fruit trees and vines
  • Apply organic weed-control, pest-control, and disease-control strategies as necessary
  • Harvest and preserve garden produce
  • Construct garden structures, including trellises and components of the outdoor classroom
  • Install a butterfly garden
  • Recruit and direct volunteers
  • Maintain garden records
  • Oversee the garden when the garden instructor is not available


  • Positive attitude and very strong work ethic 
  • Experience with organic vegetable gardening (preferred) 
  • Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions 
  • Ability to lift at least 40 lbs 
  • Ability to stand, sit, or kneel for long periods of time 
  • Interest in urban agriculture and environmental education 
  • Total reliability and trustworthiness 
  • A sense of humor

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