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Foodwise Teens Internship

CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs.

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 youth development program in which public high school students build job skills in sustainable food careers. Foodwise Teens offers students training in environmental education, culinary education, customer engagement and general job readiness. Students develop healthy eating habits and gain valuable career skills. 

Before the pandemic, students would gain experience growing produce in school and community gardens, preparing food in kitchens and selling produce and value added products at CUESA’s farmers markets. During the pandemic, students receive cooking and growing kits, join weekly Zoom trainings to foster community, and support operations at CUESA’s farmers markets.


  • Pre-program (January 18, 2021 - February 21, 2021)

    • Remote (required)

      • Order program materials

      • Read student applications and help select a cohort of 35 students

      • Call students/families and assess individual student needs for program participation

    • In Person (not required, but preferred)

      • Collect and prepare program materials in CUESA office.

      • At the farmers market, support welcome box packing, student/family box pickup, and box delivery to students’ residences (time and date TBD)

  • In Program (February 22, 2021 - May 8, 2021)

    • Remote (required)

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

      • Support at least 1 weekly Zoom Training and/or facilitate delivery of material. Trainings are 3 pm to 4:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

      • Read students’ responses to remote assignments and track completion

      • Schedule individual check in phone calls with students and/or families, as needed.

    • In Person (not required, but preferred)

      • Support students at the Saturday farmers market 

        • Dates: 3/6, 3/13, 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24, 5/1

        • Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

      • Deliver additional cooking kits to students’ residents

  • Post program (May 9, 2021 - May 21, 2021)

    • Remote (required)

      • 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 

  • Ongoing

    • 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

  • Access to internet and technology to use Google Suite, Google Classroom, and Zoom

Hours and Duration

10 - 15 hours per week. 


  • Interns must attend at least 1 weekly Zoom meeting from 3 pm to 4:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, or Fridays

  • Interns must be available for remote support of program/individual students

  • There is optional in person work intern may support (see “Duties”), if able, but is not required.  

This internship will run from January 18, 2021 - May 21, 2021.  The Foodwise Teens program will run for 11 weeks (10 weeks of programming, 1 week of spring break) from February 22, 2021 - May 8, 2021.


The Foodwise Teens Intern reports to the Foodwise Programs Coordinator and 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. 

This is an unpaid internship, but benefits include access to leftover produce from class, discounts and free tickets to some CUESA events, and options for academic credit. 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.

To Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume to Foodwise Program Coordinator at [email protected] by EOD December 21, 2021. Position open until filled. Email submissions only; no phone calls, please.



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