Internships with Riverview Gardens provide an opportunity for experiential learning in a variety of fields. Opportunities are available on an on-going basis. As a non-profit, we are only able to provide unpaid internships; however, we work with colleges and universities to determine grant opportunities to fund internships. To begin the internship process, send a letter of interest and resume to Pilar Martinez at [email protected].
Below are general internships focus areas. Customized internship opportunities based on needs and interest are available.
Sustainable Agriculture Internship – Open for Spring & Summer 2019
Internship expectations include working one-on-one and in teams with individuals in our ServiceWorks® job-training program and community volunteers at our certified organic, urban farm social enterprise, orchards, apiary and prairie. Interns work in all aspects of sustainable agriculture, including field and greenhouse work, composting, CSA farm share program, orchards and prairie development, implementing safety protocols, research, administrative work and special projects.
Hydroponic Greenhouse Internship – Open for Spring 2019
Internship expectations include working one-on-one and in teams with individuals in our ServiceWorks job-training program and community volunteers in our hydroponics greenhouse. Interns work in all aspects of hydroponics, including planting, harvesting, CSA farm share program, implementing safety protocols, research, administrative work and special projects.
Hospitality & Banquet Internship – Open for Spring & Summer 2019
Internship expectations include working one-on-one and in teams with individuals in our job-training program and community volunteers in all aspects of hospitality and banquet set up. Internship also involves working with our partner, Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens, who is the exclusive caterer for weddings and banquets at the Riverview Gardens Community Center, all while working toward our core non-profit mission.
Social Work & Human Services Internship – Open for Summer & Fall 2019
Internship expectations include working directly with our social work and human services team in furtherance of our core ServiceWorks job-training program.
Communications, Development & Marketing Internship – Open for Summer & Fall 2019
Internship expectations include working with the Director of Community Engagement to communicate and advocate for our non-profit mission, including volunteer recruitment and engagement, engaging current and potential supporters through online newsletters, blogs, press releases and social media, researching grant opportunities and drafting grant requests to potential funders aligned with our mission, among other related projects.
Riverview Gardens was selected as an AmeriCorps host site in partnership with the Weight of the Fox Valley. We have filled our AmeriCorps member position for the 2018-19 calendar year, beginning September 1, 2018. During this time, members will serve in a full-time capacity of 1,730 hours (average 34.5 hours/week). Members will receive a living allowance during their year of service and an education award to pay off student loans or tuition costs after successful completion!
Our AmeriCorps member serves as our Community Engagement Coordinator. This member is responsible for recruiting and engaging community volunteers, engaging with youth to identify health education opportunities and teaching and training program participants and volunteers about sustainable, healthy food systems through daily interactions on the farm.
AmeriCorps, which is federally funded by the Corporation for National Community Service (CNCS), is a national service program that engages over 80,000 members in service each year to address national problems through direct service. These members impact communities and organizations by increasing capacity and resources in an identified area of need. In return, members gain valuable professional, educational and life experience.