Community Development Internship

Learn about community garden management and community-based projects while supporting growers from around the world in Clarkston and Decatur.

The Fall 2018 Community Development Internship has been filled. Please check back in Spring of 2019 for the next available position!

The city of Clarkston is one of the most culturally-diverse square miles in the US, with 46% of residents foreign-born refugees and immigrants and more than 60 languages spoken. Because refugees arrive with limited or no English proficiency and experience high poverty rates, many struggle to understand the American food system and cannot afford fresh, healthy, culturally-familiar foods.

The Community Development Internship will support Global Growers' Community Development program. This includes the management of community gardens and working with partners on the ground to promote the Clarkston Food Initiative (CFI). CFI aims at meeting the needs of refugee growers and consumers by strengthening the food system and developing culturally-appropriate strategies for food access and sales.

Potential Responsibilities

  • Support of site management and infrastructure development for community gardens 
  • Assistance in research, communication and meeting coordination for community garden 
  • Support of CFI projects, including collaboration with stakeholders


  • Great Attitude; Enjoy getting hands dirty and being out in nature!
  • Able to lift tools and other garden supplies (~30lbs)
  • Can reliably access public transport or have own transportation to garden sites


Minimum of 10 hours per week Tuesday - Saturday


This is an unpaid internship - but is an exceptional opportunity to gain experience at a non-profit with an ambitious mission. For those degree-seeking students, Global Growers will gladly work with your institution to give you academic credit for your experience.  All interns also have free access to fresh seasonal produce cultivated at our farm sites!