Open Internships at Longue Vue

Cultivating Communities Internship

September 2018 – March 2019

Grow! Sell! Give! The Education Department of Longue Vue House and Gardens is seeking an intern to teach in our Cultivating Communities Program. Focusing on gardening, entrepreneurism, and philanthropy, this internship requires approximately 4 hours/week including 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. every Tuesday from September – March.

About Cultivating Communities: Through the Cultivating Communities Program, Longue Vue partners with the 10 students from Waldo Burton School for Boys to help them develop skills in gardening, teamwork, cooking, entrepreneurship, and philanthropy.

Gardening: From August – March, every Tuesday afternoon from 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. the students visit Longue Vue where they work alongside instructors and horticulturists to learn to grow vegetables and herbs. Through hand-on activities they learn how to care for and harvest these plants through the unique growing seasons of Southern Louisiana.

Entrepreneurship: To teach students the fundamentals of running a business, the students develop and implement a plan to sell the vegetables and herbs they grow at the Crescent City Farmer’s Market and to local chefs. They work with a professional chef to learn how use the herbs they have grown to prepare items like pesto and salad dressing which are also sold as value-added items at the Farmer’s Market.

Philanthropy: At the conclusion of the program, all proceeds earned through sales are donated to a local non-profit chosen by the students. Past recipients include: The Innocence Project, Children’s Hospital, Villa Lobos Animal Rescue, the Tipitina’s Foundation, and the Storybook Project.

About the Internship: This internship requires approximately 4 hours/week which includes the class time (Tuesdays 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.). The most important aspect of the internship is to guide the students in learning to plant, harvest, and participate in the Farmer’s Market. The ideal intern must have a desire to help others, excellent interpersonal skills, an interest in working with children, and a proactive nature. Additionally, the intern will:

  • Handle with classroom set-up and breakdown
  • Conduct 3 farmer’s market sales opportunities
  • Communicate with teachers, farmer’s market coordinators, chefs, and other partners
  • Work with students and chefs to produce value-added products
  • Plan graduation luncheon
  • Work with students to identify non-profit beneficiary
  • Share social media content

Qualifications/Requirements: This internship includes physical requirements associated with the performance of basic gardening skills including: stooping, kneeling, crouching, and balancing. Interns should be comfortable working outside in both hot and cold conditions as well as working in wet and/or humid conditions.

Interns with gardening experience and/or working vegetable garden knowledge are preferred. Experience working with/teaching youth required.

For more information or to apply contact Susan Hudlow, Community Engagement Director at shudlow@longuevue.com or 504.293.4722.