Development & Communications Intern – Edible Schoolyard NYC – New York

About the Organization

Edible Schoolyard NYC (ESYNYC) is a nonprofit organization that partners with public schools in disadvantaged areas of NYC to build organic gardens and kitchen classrooms. ESYNYC’s staff teaches the organization’s interdisciplinary curriculum on-site, providing programming for students as well as family and community members and training for teachers and principals throughout New York City.

Through Edible Schoolyard, kids who would not otherwise have access or knowledge about healthy eating are learning to have a different relationship with food in a positive, joyful way. But the organization is doing more than just building beautiful gardens; our work is transformative in the communities in which we work, and in the greater food system in New York City. Approximately 40% of public school kids in New York are obese or overweight, and this issue is unequivocally worse in low-income communities. Building an Edible Schoolyard and teaching these children and their families about growing food helps to reverse the trend of obesity and act as a counterforce to the unhealthy food environment these children are growing up in. Through knowledge of delicious, healthy foods, seed-to-table engagement with a garden and kitchen, and an experiential curriculum, ESYNYC is a gateway to relieving hunger and obesity, and a path to a more sustainable food future for the neediest children in the city.

In 1995, nationally acclaimed restaurateur and food activist Alice Waters created the first Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California, pioneering the notion that the best place to teach children the connection between food, health and the environment is in our schools. Established in 2010, Edible Schoolyard NYC is the first northeastern affiliate of the program, and is committed to bringing the vision of a garden-based, edible education to New York City.


The Development and Communications Intern will assist with fundraising, communications, and administration at ESYNYC’s DUMBO office. The intern will be an integral member of the team, aiding with ongoing and long term projects as well as day-to-day operations at a growing non-profit.

The Intern reports to ESYNYC’s Director of Development and assists a small Development and Communications team. S/he assists with the day-to-day operations of the office, supporting the Executive Director, Coordinator of Communications and Operations, Director of Partnerships and Engagement, and Director of Development.

Core responsibilities include:

Learning about Salesforce, a CRM system, and assisting the in the organization and updating of ESY’s relationship records.

Works with the team to build new marketing and informational materials for distribution to all constituents.

Assists in the execution of various programming and fundraising events.

Helps to maintain systematic records of all outreach completed by the ESYNYC Development and Communications team.

Ensure the smooth day-to-day operation of the office by providing administrative support, answering phones, scheduling appointments, etc.

The ideal candidate will have proven administrative ability and a curious, energetic spirit. S/he will have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills as well as demonstrated ability to work with a variety of personalities.

Core qualifications include:

Strong people skills and with positive attitude and outlook.

Strong belief in ESYNYC mission and social impact.

Energetic, hard worker, with an entrepreneurial spirit.

Demonstrated ability to work with supervisors, colleagues and volunteers.

Excellent written and verbal communication skills, good judgment and discretion.

Highly organized with an ability to manage multiple priorities and projects and meet tight deadlines.
Solid experience with Microsoft Office programs.

Knowledge of gardening and/or nutrition a plus.


40 hours per week from March 1st through June 30th (exact dates flexible).

Please send a cover letter, resume and 2-3 references to , with your name and “Development and Communications Intern” in the email title.