Level 1 Youth Internship

Thanks for checking out our Youth Internship opportunity! The application process is now closed for the 2016 summer internship.

WHAT IS LEAF?

This summer the LEAF Project  will provide paid Youth Internships to young people, from 14-18, to work alongside farmers and chefs in our region during an eight week summer program. Youth will plant, grow, & harvest vegetables for area restaurants and hunger relief donation, develop culinary skills, and explore leadership and food systems topics.


FAQ’s

  1. How long is the LEAF program?  The Youth Summer Internship runs for about 8 weeks each summer. After the summer there are opportunities for youth who have been through the summer program to work during the school year.
  2. How many hours will I work each week? During the summer, youth will work up to 35 hours per week, Monday-Friday, 8:00-4:00 pm. During the school year, youth work for up to 8 hours per week during the weekends and selected after school dates. 
  3. What would a normal week be like? During the summer, a normal week includes 50% of the time in farm work (learning how to grow vegetables) & 50% of time split between workshops, leadership development, hunger relief work, and cooking classes with an award-winning chefs.
  4. Who are the other youth going to be? Entry level youth will be selected within South Central, PA from a variety of different backgrounds. You will probably know some of the people and will also meet new people. We also have some leadership youth who are returning to the program after successfully completing at least one summer season with LEAF. 
  5. How much am I going to get paid? You will earn a stipend of about $30 a day for eight weeks, divided into  paychecks every other week. That means about $120 per week or a maximum of about $1,000 over the summer season. After you successfully complete the summer program, you will be eligible to apply to higher paying leadership positions in the fall/spring/summer of the following season.
  6. Am I eligible for LEAF? You are eligible if you are between the ages of 14 and 18, are interested in working hard and having fun, and are able transport yourself/find transportation to/from Carlisle or our farm in Landisburg daily. (If you are very interested in the program and cannot arrange transportation, please contact Heidi, LEAF's Executive Director, and discuss options.) Also, you must be available during the majority of the eight weeks.
  7. Is it going to be fun? LEAF is going to be both hard work and fun. We will laugh together, build friendships with each other, and accomplish a lot both in developing ourselves and providing good food in our community.
  8. How do I apply? You must complete an online application. Please make sure you put your best effort into your application.  
  9. What is a reference? The LEAF Project requires you to provide a reference as part of the application process. A reference is an adult who is unrelated to you but who knows you well (teacher, pastor, employer, coach, etc.). You will need to provide a phone number for your reference. LEAF staff may contact your reference during the selection process. 
  10. How do I apply for the level 2 Internship? If you participated in the LEAF Project youth internship in the summer you are eligible to apply for the leadership level internship.
  11. Who should I contact if I have more questions? Please contact Mackenzie Johnson, LEAF Program Coordinator with more questions at mackenzie@leafprojectpa.org