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Foodwise Teens Internship

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. Our vision is to inspire a world that nourishes all people, local economies, and the living earth.

CUESA seeks seasonal interns to support our Foodwise Teens program in the fall and spring semesters.

Overview of Position

The Foodwise Teens Intern will be responsible for supporting CUESA staff in implementing Foodwise Teens programming and working directly with teens at three SFUSD partner high schools.

Foodwise Teens is a 10-week paid paid job training program where teens build skills to sustain healthy lives and a healthy planet. Students learn about food justice, develop job skills, and get hands-on experience in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the farmers market, while getting paid for their work. Foodwise Teens offers students training in environmental education, culinary education, customer engagement and general job readiness. Students grow in their understanding of local food systems and eating habits and gain valuable career skills.


  • Teach students about sustainable agriculture, culinary skills, food justice, and job readiness

  • Lead students in practical garden and culinary work

  • Track student work hours throughout program

  • Set up and clean-up of weekly lessons

  • Preparation of materials for weekly lessons

  • Administrative support such as data entry of surveys and other information

  • Offer suggestions for improvement of the educational experience

  • Assist with miscellaneous Foodwise Teens tasks

Pre-program (January 11, 2022 - February 8, 2022)

  • Remote
    • Order program materials
  • In-person

    • Collect and prepare program materials in CUESA office.

    • School Presentations/ Student Recruitment at Mission, O’Connell and Academy.

    • Interview potential students to join the Spring ‘22 FWT cohort.

In Program (February 8, 2022 - April 23, 2022)

  • Remote

    • Read curricular materials for each week’s training and prepare materials, if needed

    • Read students’ responses to remote assignments and track completion
    • Respond to students’ emails
    • Schedule individual check in phone calls with students and/or families, as needed.
  • In Person
    • Support Trainings and/or facilitating delivery of material (see “Hours and Duration” for details)
    • Support students at the Saturday farmers market 
    • Support in school garden maintenance 

Post program (May 10, 2022)

  • Remote

    • Participate in a feedback session with CUESA staff and offer suggestions for improvement of the educational experience

    • Support survey data analysis for grant reporting, fundraising, and curriculum revisions

    • Support revisions of curricular materials 


  • Track your weekly hours 

  • Weekly team check ins with Foodwise Program Coordinator/Education Manager

Skills and Qualifications

  • Knowledge of and/or passion for gardening, cooking, teaching, sustainable agriculture, food access, local food systems, youth development and food justice 

  • Comfort working with teens from diverse communities in San Francisco. Strong skills in interpersonal communication, collaboration and emotional intelligence 

  • Multilingual and/or multi-cultural competence 

  • A friendly, outgoing nature

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds

  • Reliability, punctuality, and the ability to work well with others

Hours and Duration

10 - 15 hours per week, from as early as January 11, 2022 through as late as May 10, 2022. The Foodwise Teens program will run from February 22-May 7. During those 10 weeks, interns are expected to attend at least one weekly training, with the option to support students at farmers markets and administrative work. During the other weeks of the internship, interns will support interviews/selection of students and wrap up/evaluate the program. Interns are expected to be onsite and in-person on a weekly basis for  


Trainings at School Sites: 

  • Tuesdays (3:00 pm - 6:00 pm) at Mission High School (3750 18th St, San Francisco), 

  • Wednesdays (2:00pm - 5:00) at John O’Connell H.S. (2355 Folsom St, San Francisco),

  • Thursdays (2:00pm-5:00) at The Academy @ SF McAteer (555 Portola Dr, San Francisco)  

Workdays at CUESA’s Farmers Markets: 

  • Saturdays (7:30 am - 1:30 pm) at at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (Ferry Building, San Francisco) 

  • Thursdays (3:15 pm - 7:15 pm) at Mission Community Market (22nd & Bartlett St, San Francisco) (when open)

Office Hours: To be arranged 



The Foodwise Teens Intern reports to the Foodwise Teens Education Manager. CUESA will provide training as needed, and will fulfill the intern’s learning objectives while also meeting the organization’s goals. CUESA will provide performance feedback at the midpoint and at the completion of the internship. 

Interns will receive a stipend of about $100 per week ($1400 per semester), in addition to the option of receiving academic credit. Benefits also include access to leftover produce from class, discounts and free tickets to some CUESA events. In this position, you’ll learn about  gardening, cooking, sustainable food systems, and farmers markets. You’ll gain teaching experience and exposure to the nonprofit working environment.

All interns are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination due to the nature of working closely and in-person with youth. 

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Education Manager at [email protected]. Position open until filled. Email submissions only; no phone calls, please.



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