Fall 2018/Spring 2019 Student Internship Opportunities

The Roots Foundation works with students, teachers, parents and community members to transform
the classroom by drawing connections between the curriculum and the natural world. The garden
and the environment become the classroom.

Internship Goals:

1. To gain a deeper understanding of the connections children make in the natural world

2. To gain insight into the role of project-based learning methods

3. To serve in the classroom alongside an experienced teacher

4. To develop educational resources in collaboration with school staff that enhance the curriculum

5. To develop additional skills in organic gardening and hands-on volunteer management

6. To provide overall assistance to the Roots Foundation programs

Commitment – Students will:

● Work 6-10 hours a week, depending on their availability and academic/program requirements

● Connect TRF internship goals with any of the students academic/service requirements

● Serve a minimum of 8 weeks preferred, though length will vary based on student availability

● Complete a final project that is determined by student interest, TRF staff, and school needs

● Document hours weekly and maintain communication with TRF supervisor


● Must be at least in the second year of school

● Strong interest in education and working with children

● Background in gardening helpful, but not required

● Motivated and organized, ability to work independently

● Ability to get to and from internship site on your own

● Availability during the school day to work in the classrooms (this is not an afterschool program).


Vance Elementary School, West Asheville Grades K-5 – 1 position open

Verner Early Learning Center, East Asheville Pre-K – 1 position open

Montford North Star Academy Grade 6 & 7 1 – 1 position open

Application Due:

  • August 24, 2018 (for Fall ’18)
  • December 3, 2018 (for Spring ‘19)

This is an unpaid internship. We will work closely with students to fulfill academic/service credits.

To apply and for additional information, contact: Debra Kiliru, Director of Engagement – debra@rootsfound.org

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