Garden Based-Learning

The Food and Nutrition Education in Communities (FNEC) unit of DNS is seeking a student who can organize, promote, sustain, and evaluate a garden-based learning project. The student will use provided tools and resources to recruit limited resource audience(s) in NYS and deliver approved garden-based learning lessons through CCE offices. After delivering the lessons, the student will recommend what is necessary to promote and sustain garden-based learning programs. The student will create and conduct a brief evaluation that will inform future internships and efforts related to garden-based learning within CCE's. Partnerships and communication with CCE staff, including EFNEP, SNAP-Ed., and agriculture staff, will be essential for this internship. The student will create weekly social media posts based on their work that will be shared on the FNEC social media handles. This internship and collaboration will provide valuable experience, skills, and a working knowledge of the CCE system and garden-based learning that will benefit the student and CCE community.

Roles and responsibilities 

The student will be responsible for piloting the delivery of garden-based learning lessons in collaboration with nutrition programs in CCEs. Communication and documentation of all efforts will be crucial for the internship. This internship will require critical thinking, analysis, and a connection to CCE staff and program participants. The student will help inform future garden-based learning efforts as a result of their experience. Weekly meetings will be required for the student to attend to discuss projects, updates, and review learning/findings, as well as a weekly blog post. The information from the weekly blog will be used to generate social media posts for FNEC handles. The student will be required to travel to CCEs and field locations to deliver garden-based learning programs. At the conclusion of this internship, the student will complete a critical reflection of their learning outcomes based on their experiences that includes an analysis, conclusions, and action steps for the campus and CCE team to pursue.

Qualifications and previous coursework

This opportunity is available to students in Cornell University's College of Human Ecology.

  • There are no specific coursework or experience requirements
  • The selected intern will be required to drive on behalf of the summer project and will need to have reliable transportation

Learning outcomes 

The student will learn and apply facilitation skills while delivering garden and nutrition information that promotes health to limited resource adult and/or youth audiences. The student will work collaboratively with campus staff, regional EFNEP staff, nutrition educators, and CCE staff, providing the opportunity to work with a diverse team. The student will demonstrate the ability to translate scientific garden content related to nutrition and share via FNEC social media handles. The student will develop communication skills through the delivery of lessons, interactions with staff and participants, and the creation of social media posts. Throughout the internship, the student will use the provided tools and learn how to organize, promote, sustain, and evaluate a garden-based learning program.