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 [email protected]

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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.