The University of West Florida Honors Program, in partnership with Manna Food Gardens and the Unite Escambia Health Solutions Team, is proud to announce three credit-earning internships in the School Garden Program. The Program fosters community well-being by establishing vegetable gardens in local schools and working with students and teachers to promote nutrition education and food awareness. Currently serving nine schools in Escambia County, the Program seeks to reach as many students as possible by building more gardens and teaching them the benefits of healthy eating. Demand for school gardens from teachers, students and administrators is high, and funding for garden building projects is currently available. The program is seeking three dedicated interns who are interested in serving as School Garden Project Leaders.
Internships are awarded for undergraduate credit and normally count as three semester hours of academic coursework, though programs may be tailored to meet individual student needs. The normal length of time for an internship is one semester (spring or fall) or one summer term. The required time commitment is 9 hours per week. Interns will carry the title of “Student Garden Project Leader” and will report to Ms. Sarah Bossa, Garden Coordinator for Manna Food Gardens, and Dr. Gregory Tomso, Associate Director of the UWF Honors Program. With prior, written approval from Dr. Tomso, some internships may fulfill Honors seminar requirements.
Responsibilities of Student Garden Project Leaders will include:
It is helpful, but not required, for student interns to have knowledge of basic nutrition principles and/or organic gardening practices. Students from all disciplines are welcome to apply. The Program can provide educational materials and opportunities for interns wishing to learn more about food, nutrition, and gardening.
Student Learning Outcomes
Learning outcomes are geared toward developing project management skills. Students who successfully complete the internship will:
To participate in the internship program, students must:
Students interested in applying for the School Garden Internship Program should submit the following materials via email or in print to Dr. Gregory Tomso (firstname.lastname@example.org), Bldg. 50, Room 206 on the Pensacola main campus.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time.