Growing Green Internship

About Growing Green

The Growing Green Internship started in 2010 as part of a regional green jobs training effort. Over the years it has evolved in response to the changing needs of the Sacramento region's youth and economy. Growing Green Internship is built around the four pillars of career exploration, paid work experience, community service, and college mentoring, all with a focus on agriculture, sustainable energy, and environmental science fields.

Each week during the summer, Interns work on a variety of projects designed to set them up for success in their future, gaining valuable work experience and learning skills needed in the 21st Century workplace: teamwork, problem solving, communication, workplace etiquette, and personal accountability. Program graduates continue to receive resources and support as they graduate from high school, go through college and enter into careers.

In 2017, 35 interns were selected to participate. They were divided into four, regional cohort groups: West Sacramento, Grant Union High School's GEO Academy, Luther Burbank High School and Davis.

Over the course of the summer, the interns completed the following:

  • Monitored Milkweed and Monarch Interactions for Learning and Conservation project (MMMILC) with UC Davis ecologists.

  • Work experience at local urban farms, school gardens and farmer's markets.

  • Assisted at the monthly West Sacramento Farmer's Market.

  • Took career and college exploration field trips.

Growing Green Interns at West Sacramento Farmer's Market