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2024 Summer Student Internships - Apply Now!

Updated: May 1

For 2024, we are offering 4 paid internships in 2 project areas. Each internship is for 10 hours/week for 6 weeks at $17.75/hour.

  1. Tree City USA (2 interns)

  2. Farm to Table, Apricot Harvest (2 interns)

Key Dates:

  • Applications are due April 30

  • Interviews will be scheduled May 6-10

  • Candidate selections will be announced May 20

  • The internships start June 10 and end July 19.

Additional Details:

  • The ideal candidate will be a rising junior or senior high school student passionate about environmental issues.

  • The skills required are effective communication, good research skills, good time management and familiarity with the preparation of documents, spreadsheets and slides.

  • Interns must be willing to work as a team.

  • Interns must be able to work with minimal supervision.

  • The work will generally be from home or at the project site (pls see internship requirements)

  • There will be weekly in-person and/or zoom meetings with a GreenTown mentor.

  • TreeCIty USA mentor will be Gary Hedden, and the Farm to Table, Apricot Harvest mentors will be Jane Packard & Glenda Chang.

  • The internship will culminate in a slide show presentation and demonstration to the public and/or GreenTown members on the summer accomplishments.

The internships are open to: Students attending the MVLA schools OR residents of Los Altos OR residents of Los Altos Hills.


Internship 1: Tree City USA

Help us make Los Altos cleaner and greener by getting the City to join Tree City USA. This is a program of the Arbor Day Foundation that now has over 3500 recognized cities. The Los Altos Environmental Commission is interested but needs our help.

You will research what it will take for Los Altos to meet the four standards required in order to receive this recognition.

  • Maintaining a tree board or department

  • Having a community tree ordinance

  • Spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry

  • Celebrating Arbor Day

You will evaluate what other cities have done, learn about their challenges and successes, and make a presentation to the Environmental Commission.

Internship 2: Farm to Table - Apricot Harvest

Want to help folks experience the sweet flavor of a ripe apricot plucked directly from the tree? Learn and teach about the honorable harvest that celebrates the gifts of mother earth while reducing the waste stream when food is delivered directly from farm to table. Two GreenTown interns will work with a lead intern from the Los Altos History Museum in developing an inclusive and equitable process for families to help in the apricot harvest from the Heritage Orchard, an historical landmark at the Civic Center. The harvest is usually in the last two weeks of June.

The work may include:

  • Create a business plan for a small fruit stand to engage the community in the harvest, using concepts such as pick-n-pay activities for families

  • Interview experienced local orchardists about innovative harvest approaches

  • Develop learning activities for participants to learn about honorable harvest practices that are respectful of the trees and others well-being

  • Develop on-site activities highlighting ways to reduce food waste and conserve energy, such as using a solar cooker to produce jam and nectar from over-ripe fruit

  • Prepare a report describing results and lessons learned in the process

  • Present the findings at the Apricot STEM Fair the first week of July


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