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Youth Education

Goal of the Youth Education Intern

Learn how to engage a youth audience in the fascinating world of plants and also help plan all aspects of a plant-themed event for a family audience.

Duties and Responsibilities

Work with a volunteer committee and the youth education coordinator to plan and develop the family event called Judy's Day. This four-hour event attracts over 1,700 attendees, involving over 50 exhibitor booths, and hundreds of volunteers. Click here to learn more.

Activities include:

  • Working directly with children, leading workshops in the garden,
  • Designing and presenting activities at local festivals and fairs,
  • Testing and evaluating activities with youth at summer camps,
  • Researching and designing educational booths and displays includinghands-on activities that engage kids,
  • Recruiting and assisting other exhibitors,
  • Recruiting and organizing student volunteers for the event,
  • Helping with event promotion, and
  • Maintaining a portfolio of work that will be shared with all staff on the last official day of the internship. Final portfolio submitted after Judy's Day.


•Ability to commit to the entire internship period including extension into fall,

•Must have a valid driver’s license,

•Currently enrolled Cornell student, undergraduate or graduate; students
graduating in May are also eligible,

•Skills in organizing and event planning,

•Food Science, Plant science and/or education background,

•Good communication, writing, design, and computer skills,

•Interest in teaching children,

•Work part time through the month of September in the Fall semester and work
various weekend events throughout the summer,

•Participate in weekly group intern activities as scheduled,

•This is a full-time internship (39 hrs./week)

This is a full-time, summer-long internship. Typical work hours are Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m.