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3501 New York Ave NE
Washington, DC, 20002
United States


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Green Ambassadors Program


What is the Green Ambassadors Program?

Our Green Ambassadors Program centers around a 6-week summer high school internship located at the demonstration garden at the US National Arboretum.  Interns learn how to garden, prepare and eat healthy produce, visit and learn about other green organizations and the jobs they offer, lead student garden field trips, participate in structured communication skills training, and experience an incredible, outdoor summer.  We maintain a small annual cohort size to build a tight-knit community and to ensure that every intern experiences personal growth. 

The Green Ambassadors Program is sponsored by the The Reva and David Logan Foundation.

How can I apply?

You must be 14 or older by the beginning of the internship, be able to commit 4 days a week for 6 weeks, and be willing to work and learn more about gardening and teaching during a DC summer (it’s not that bad, we promise!).

Applications are now being accepted for the 2017 Green Ambassador crew at the Washington Youth Garden. CLICK HERE for the online application.

DEADLINE: All applications must be received before March 17th in order to be considered. Please contact Taylore Willis at with any questions regarding the application process.

Important information

- Starts June 27th and ends August 5th, Tuesday-Friday, 9am-3:30pm.

- Interviews to be held Saturday April 8th and April 15th.

- Mandatory orientation for accepted GA's on Saturday June 24th.

- Questions? Email or call our office 202.245.2709.

What does an intern get out of the experience?

Interns earn a monetary stipend at the completion of the internship as well as community service hours to apply to the DCPS graduation requirement. Interns also meet and work with incredible peers and supervisors, learn important job-readiness skills, and learn countless new skills around gardening, education, and food.  Our interns say things like this after participating in the Green Ambassador’s Program:

“I have learned how to be more confident in myself and my opinion. This skill can help me in future interviews and job situations.”
“I feel that I contributed the most with the field trips and tours of the garden. I love working with children and teaching something I am excited about.”
“My favorite part was all the people that I got to meet over the last 6 weeks.”


We are very excited to start the recruitment process to attract students from a variety of backgrounds that make up our community to the program!   Please fill out our online registration form if you would like a WYG Staff member to provide a presentation to your students. Be sure to pay close attention to the dates and times that we are available to visit.

The presentation usually lasts about 1 hour with the following breakdown:  30 minute information session, 15 minute activity similar to an activity the students would do should they join the program (either team building or garden related), and 15 minutes for questions. However,  the presentation can be adjusted to accommodate your school or oragnization's schedule.

If your school or organization has internship and job fairs outside of the standard times available, and would like a staff member to table at the event we are willing to accommodate your schedule.