Eastern Shore Food Lab

Campus Garden Internship

The Campus Garden Intern leads the daily operation and maintenance of the campus garden in promotion of environmental stewardship and service learning.

The Campus Garden Intern begins a yearlong internship with a paid stipend during the summer. During the summer months, work focuses on providing programmatic continuity for the upcoming academic year. As President of the Garden Club, the Campus Garden Intern coordinates food production efforts with the Eastern Shore Food Lab, as well as ecological initiatives with the Center for Environment & Society and the Student Government Association, and Buildings & Grounds.

The Campus Garden Intern practices a level of independence and collaboration with supervisors to develop a work plan and adhere to the mission and goals of the garden. Students may apply for the internship in spring through the Center for Environment & Society.


Summer Commitment: 15-20 hours/week

Academic Year Commitment: 5 hours/week

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support the mission and goals of the Campus Garden.
  • Beautify the garden space and facilitate its use as an outdoor classroom.
  • Coordinate volunteer efforts in the garden.
  • Partner with campus and community groups to use the garden as a space for teaching, learning, and tradition.
  • Lead the Campus Garden Club.

The intern must be:

  • a full-time Washington College student.
  • driven by a strong environmental ethic.
  • enthusiastic for building community.
  • self-motivated and require minimal supervision.
  • a determined advocate for sustainability and food justice.

Helpful Experience

  • Prior gardening/farming experience.
  • Familiarity with CSAs, small family farms, forest gardens, and permaculture.
  • Understanding of soil health and ecological principles of horticulture.
  • Ability to articulate the distinction between organic and industrial agriculture.