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

202-245-2709

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Green Ambassadors Program

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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, the Cedar Tree Foundation, and DC Public Schools Career Ready Initiative.


Washington Youth Garden is a host site for students enrolled in the DC Public School Career Ready Internship program, offered at select high schools. Through this partnership we interview and hire 15 students annually join our team as Green Ambassadors.  To be considered, students must be rising sophomores through rising seniors, must have completed or be enrolled in employability skills training at their school, be able to commit to the full 6 week internship, and have a strong desire to work and learn more about the field of urban agriculture, cooking, and environmental advocacy.

Applications will be accepted through the DCPS Career Ready Internship Initiative website.  Interviews will be organized through your school.

If accepted to the program, there will be a mandatory orientation on Saturday, May 20th, 2017.  Interns will be expected to report to work at the Washington Youth Garden, located inside the US National Arboretum, Tuesday-Friday from 9 am – 3:30 pm, starting June 27th and ending August 4th, 2017. 

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

What does an intern get out of the experience?

Interns receive hourly pay through the DC Public School system. Interns gain valuable skills in growing food and the environment, carpentry, cooking, and public speaking. 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.”