Level 2 Youth Internship

Thanks for checking out our Level 2 Youth Internship opportunity!  The leadership level builds on the foundation of the summer internship – meaningful work alongside farmers and chefs – and adds to it a few important factors:

  • a more in depth experience of the growing season (from frost to frost)

  • opportunity to focus in an area of interest – agriculture, culinary, or public outreach

  • the chance to connect with peers doing similar work in an urban area, visit them, and host them here in South Central PA

  • opportunity to develop your skills as a peer leader

The Leadership Level Internship begins in April each year. During the spring season, youth interns will work after school once or twice a week, and also on Saturdays. During the summer season, Leadership Level Interns will play a leadership role and will work alongside Youth Interns. In the fall the program shifts back to the shortened schedule of the spring.

Currently there are 3 levels of leadership opportunities that we offer: 

  1. ACLs (Assistant Crew Leaders): Their job is to maintain the morale of their crew and make sure LEAF is working to reach our common goals, acting as peer leaders.
  2. Crew Leaders: They have unique responsibility for the growth and well being of each member of their crew as they are exposed to all the opportunities and challenges that LEAF offers.
  3. LEAF Fellows: The fellows are youth who have been with LEAF for several years and are able to serve in a pseudo staff role to reach our big picture goals.

I learned that I was capable of using my voice to help others. I realized that I can be a good leader and discovered that I can do great in public outreach just by being myself. My voice does matter. I now know, I am capable of influencing a lot of people in the community.

Maddy Albright, 16

Requirements to be considered:

  • Have successfully completed the LEAF Level 1 internship OR have equivalent experience as well as strong recommendation from a knowledgeable adult

  • Be at least 15 years old before starting the Leadership Level Internship.

  • Complete online application

  • Be physically able to do agricultural work and handle challenging weather conditions


Leadership Level Internship Expectations:

  • Work a majority of the shifts offered

  • Be able to provide your own transportation to pick up/drop off location

  • Have a motivated, positive attitude during various kinds of work – farm work, culinary, community outreach, program planning, leadership development, etc