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Adult and child cookingVolunteer, Internship, and Student Job Opportunities

The Healthy Youth Program has ongoing opportunities for students and community members to get involved in our work.  If you enjoy cooking, gardening, and working with youth and families, please visit our volunteer, internships, and student jobs pages to learn more about how to get connected:

For more information, please contact:
Healthy Youth Program
Phone: 541-737-8014

Internships - OSU Students

Interns with the Healthy Youth Program have the opportunity to gain professional experience in the areas of nutrition education, garden education, community food systems, urban agriculture, and community outreach. Volunteer positions and internships vary from term to term depending on the quantity and types of programs being offered by our organization, and the internship requirements of students. Internships do not need to be through your department or program, but in many cases can be completed for credit. During the school year, the Healthy Youth Program can host approximately two student interns who are seeking experience in nutrition and garden education. The HYP can also host a Small Scale Urban Agriculture Intern each term including the summer. Each summer, the Healthy Youth Program offers full-time (360 hour/10 week) internships for approximately 5 - 7 students facilitating  nutrition and garden based summer camps. If you are interested in interning with our organization please email

Fall 2018 Internship Opportunities:

Small Scale Urban Agriculture Intern

Description: The HYP Manages three school garden in Corvallis at Lincoln Elementary School, Linus Pauling Middle School and Corvallis High School. These gardens provide produce for school students and their families, as well as serve as an educational space for students to learn and explore. As a part of our management of these spaces we host monthly work parties in the gardens for parents and community members. The HYP hosts an annual plant sale fundraiser with herb, vegetable and flower starts grown in the LPMS greenhouse. Student Interns and volunteers work with the garden manager and garden assistants to maintain garden spaces. 



  • Attend volunteer/intern training

  • Oversee irrigation and compost systems, and weed and pest management at three school gardens.

  • Assist with planting and harvest schedules and manage the planting and maintenance of starts at the LPMS greenhouse.

  • Attend volunteer work parties and engage community groups in the gardens

  • Work with garden manager on other projects related to design and maintenance of garden spaces

Small Scale Urban Agriculture Intern Application

For questions:

Caitlyn Reilley
Healthy Youth Program 
Phone: 541-737-8014 

Student Jobs

Student worker at camp

There are currently no OSU student positions available with the Healthy Youth Program. Please check again soon!

For more information, please contact:
Healthy Youth Program 
Phone: 541-737-8014 


Volunteer Opportunities

The Healthy Youth Program (HYP) offers a variety of classes, camps and events for the community throughout the year. Our cooking and garden programs are held off campus within the Corvallis area, often in local schools. We are able to offer these programs thanks to strong support from OSU student and community volunteers. Volunteers can be involved in our programs in a variety of ways - from one time volunteer opportunities, special events and garden work days, to assisting with a program regularly for a term or full academic year.

If you are interested in a one-time volunteer opportunities for yourself or your organization, consider coming to our regular garden work parties Tend, Mend and Mingle at Lincoln Elementary and Linus Pauling Middle School Gardens! 

Tend, Mend and Mingle: coffee and snacks provided!

  • Lincoln Elementary: Thursday, Oct. 4, 8-10am
  • Linus Pauling Middle School: Thursday, Oct.18, 9-11am

To recieve updates on volunteer opportunities, sign up for our Volunteer Announcements HERE!

If you are interested in volunteering on a regular basis, please fill out a volunteer application(instructions below). The following descriptions are meant to give you an idea of the opportunities associated with general program areas. Please contact if you are interested in learning more about a particular program or volunteer opportunity.

Nutrition Education Programs

Description: The Healthy Youth Program (HYP) offers year-round afterschool cooking classes for elementary and middle school students. In our classes, youth are actively involved in the cooking process including reading recipes, learning about kitchen safety, and exploring new foods. HYP cooking classes are designed to give youth a hands-on experience in the kitchen. Volunteers and interns will provide guidance and support for a small group of “student chefs” at each class.



Garden Education Programs

Description: The HYP offers garden based program at Lincoln Elementary School, Linus Pauling Middle School and Corvallis High School. Volunteers and interns help with garden based programs and events including afterschool Garden Club for elementary students at Lincoln Garden in the fall and spring, all-school garden days at Lincoln Garden held each term, and SPEAR (Students Personally Engaged in the Agriculture Revolution), an elective class taught by the HYP Garden Manager at Corvallis High School.



Community Events and Outreach

Description: The HYP supports initiatives that promote healthy youth and families by sitting on planning committees, advisory boards and workgroups and participating in community events. Student interns and volunteers work with HYP staff to table at events, update outreach materials, and promote local programs and resources.  Volunteers and interns may be involved in a variety of outreach projects including creating newsletters, taking photos at events, and managing HYP social media accounts.



Application Materials

Volunteers will be asked to submit an online application including:

  • Professional and personal references

  • Resume

  • Availability

Garden Education Programs/Small Scale Urban Agriculture Appliction

Nutrition/Cooking Education Application

Some positions require a Criminal History Check. You may be asked to complete a criminal history check form before volunteering. 

If you cannot complete our application online, please call us to request a paper application. 

For more information, please contact the Healthy Youth Program at:
Phone: 541-737-8014 


Internships - High School Students

The application process for the 2018 S.P.E.A.R high school paid summer internship is now CLOSED. Thanks to all who applied!

Questions: contact the Healthy Youth Program by phone at 541-737-8014, or email

Summer Urban Farm interns  summer urban farm CSA box

S.P.E.A.R Paid Summer Internship with the Linus Pauling Institute at OSU

Open to ALL high school students! (Includes Seniors who will be graduating in June, and also incoming Freshman who will enroll in high school in the fall.)

If you are a high school student looking for an opportunity to try something different this summer, the CHS Urban Farm Summer Internship offers you the opportunity to:

WORK outdoors        GROW tasty food     COOK using fresh produce     MAKE new friends      PROVIDE FOOD for your community     LEARN about your food & yourself    EARN money!


Project Background:

Since 2014, high school students have grown, maintained, and harvested garden produce from the student-run gardens at Corvallis High School and Lincoln Elementary School and distributed it to community members through both Farm Stands and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. This paid internship also offers high school students hands-on, informal learning opportunities focused on sustainable farming, food systems, and community nutrition. This is a work & learn experience!

2018 S.P.E.A.R Internship Details:

June 26 - August 29, 2018 (8 weeks total, with the option to extend into September for 2 hours/week on Tuesdays after school)

NOTE: the first half of this internship is a VOLUNTEER position. The second half of this internship will be PAID, at $11.00/hour (you will be an OSU student employee for the second half of this internship).

Training Dates: Tuesday, June 26, 2-4pm at Lincoln Elementary School Garden AND Wednesday, June 27, 9am-11am at Corvallis High School Garden (Spartan Garden)

Weekly Schedule (July 3rd- August 29th): Each week interns will be required to work ~10 hours. *No work on July 4th

  • Tuesdays, 2-6 pm, Lincoln Elementary School Garden
  • Wednesdays,* 8**/9am-12pm, Corvallis High School Garden (Spartan Garden)
  • Thursdays, 9am-12pm, Corvallis High School Garden (Spartan Garden)

*No work on Wednesday, July 4th.
**8:00 am start is for students currently participating in the Farmers Market Track for that week (see information on Tracks, below).


The 2018 summer intern project will include a weekly Farm Stand event and participation in the Wednesday Corvallis Farmers Market. All 2018 summer interns will rotate through three different Tracks each week during the Farm Stand events (you will get a chance to participate in each Track 2-3 times during the 8-week internship):

  1. Garden to Market Track. Explore what it means to get food from the garden into the hands of the community! In addition to your garden work & learn, you will manage the Farm Stand, and spend this week delivering extra produce to the Community Table at the Corvallis Farmers Market on Wednesday morning. NOTE: The weeks you are in this track, you will be required to start at 8:00 AM on Wednesdays.
  2. Garden to Table Track. Explore what it means to get food from the garden onto a plate! In addition to your garden work & learn, you will prepare and serve food samples using school garden produce at the Farm Stand.
  3. Garden Management & Outreach Track. Explore what it means to take care of a school garden and inform the public (especially younger children) about growing food! In addition to your garden work & learn, you will assist OSU students with garden outreach activities for children at the Farm Stand.

Other important information:

  • Work for this internship takes place at the Spartan Garden at Corvallis High School, and the Lincoln Garden at Lincoln Elementary School.
  • You will be required to obtain your Food Handlers Card prior to the start date of the internship. This can be done online; cost is $10. More information will be provided if you are selected for this internship.
  • You will be required to complete paperwork to become an OSU student employee prior to starting the second half of your internship. More information will be provided if you are selected for this internship.