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FARM Internship Program

Ages 14-17

For ten years, the Farm Internship Program has provided young people with paid internships to learn how to grow food while growing as leaders. Youth between 14 - 17 years old help grow thousands of pounds of fresh foods on the Urban Roots Farm while leading volunteers in service and collaborating with peers from different schools and backgrounds. Youth receive a paid stipend for their work and learn vital life and job skills. ** Applications for Summer 2018 are closed.


This is a rigorous, 6-week paid internship that occurs in the summer in June and July. Youth interns work full days, Tuesday through Saturday, from June 4 through July 13, 2019. Applications for the Summer 2019 are now being accepted and are due by April 1, 2019.

What you'll do

You’ll work hard on a sustainable urban farm in East Austin, learn how to grow fresh vegetables, give back at frequent community service events, and develop critical leadership and life skills.

Food & Leadership fellowship

Ages 17-23

The Food & Leadership Fellowship is a paid leadership development program for young adults in the Austin area that are between 17-23 years old. Working with us on the Urban Roots Farm, fellows learn how to grow thousands of pounds of sustainable produce while growing core professional development skills and completing an in-depth service project with a hunger relief partner in Austin.

Who Can Apply?

The Food & Leadership Fellowship is open to young adults living in the Austin area that are between 17 to 23 years old and no longer attending high school. Applicants do not need prior experience with farming, nor do they need to be enrolled in college.


The FLF is a 10-week program that occurs twice each year; applicants may apply to participate in the fall or spring. Applications are currently OPEN for the Spring 2019 session and are due by January 29, 2019!

What you'll do

You’ll work hard on a sustainable farm in East Austin, learn how to grow fresh vegetables, practice service and giving back to your community, and develop critical leadership and life skills.

What Else?

Fellows are paid a bi-weekly stipend that is equivalent to $10 per hour with an end of season bonus. Fellows work from 8am - 12pm on Thursday and Friday mornings. Transportation between select pickup sites and the farm may be available, with tentative sites including ACC Riverside and Huston Tillotson University.

academic year program

Ages 14-17

The Academic Year Program is a new 9-month, paid internship open to graduates of the Farm Internship Program. Participating in an extended internship with Urban Roots, youth will take part in in 3 exciting rotations that include opportunities to work on the farm, develop advanced culinary skills, and learn about social responsibility and leadership first-hand. With heightened opportunities for growth and development, the AYP assures that young people get rooted, and stay rooted.

Who Can Apply?

The Academic Year Program is open to teens who have completed the Farm Internship Program and are between 14 - 17 years old at the start of the season.


This program runs parallel to the school year. In this inaugural season, it's a two-day per week commitment from October through May. Applications for the current season are now closed, and applications for the 2019-2020 season will open in May 2019.

What you'll do

This is a next-level leadership opportunity for teenagers that builds upon the Farm Internship Program. Activities include special skill-building and issue-based workshops, a series of hands-on culinary lessons, and ample opportunity to take lead on in-depth service projects across Austin.

Educational TOURS

We offer tours of the farm for schools and as an educational experience for adults. Join us for a day on the farm!

Pre-K–5th grade Tours

While our internships serve teens and young adults, even our youngest friends can experience a 1-hour, TEKS-aligned farm tour that includes community-building activities, a guided walking tour, and a tasting of fresh fruits and veggies.

6th–12th grade Tours

Secondary school students may participate in an extended tour that includes a 40-minute tour of our 3.5-acre urban farm, a 30-minute hands-on farming activity, and a tasting of fresh fruits and veggies.

Adult Tours

Farm tours are fun for all ages! We’d love to host your group for a 1-hour guided tour of the Urban Roots farm. We ask for a donation of $250 per tour. Please help us get started by filling out our tour inquiry form below!
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