Spark-Y Annual Internship
Real-world sustainable boot camp
Spark-Y hosts an annual internship every summer for youth around the country to gain real-world sustainable experiences through community partnerships. 30+ youth from Spark-Y school programs and applicants from job placement programs, college graduates, and graduate students combine into teams to execute sustainable projects throughout the Twin Cities. Teams are led by second-year internship graduates, to create a culture of youth development and leadership.
Participants in our annual internship:
Gain employment, entry to grad school, and admittance to special programs as a direct result of their experience.
Achieve a competitive edge and resume builder with a Spark-Y certificate.
Go on to create businesses or bring sustainable / entrepreneurial practices and thinking to their careers.
here's what Spark-Y intern alumni have to say:
"Spark-Y has given me the confidence to know that I can do this. I had never worked with power tools before, I knew nothing about timber framing, and I had never gone to meetings. Now I'm doing all of it. I have matured a ton being here."
Team Leader timber frame pavilion project
“At Spark-Y, everyone is so positive and sweet. And they help you. This is definitely going to help me in the future, planting and stuff, because I really love to plant but I just don’t know how. So Spark-Y really helped me to learn how it goes and how it works.”
Roosevelt Urban Farming (RUF) project
Spark-Y interns are held to a high degree of excellence.
Certificates are awarded to interns who have proven the following:
As an individual, each intern:
Demonstrated understanding of the 5 E’s of Sustainability™
Assisted a major Spark-Y fundraising event
Received project management, entrepreneurial, and sustainable systems training
Developed the 5 keys of professional empowerment
Had 90% or greater attendance during the course of the internship program
Worked with a team to deliver professional-quality results, meaning, he/she/they:
Worked directly with a client as a sustainability contractor
Delivered project goals to client expectations
Managed a project timeline and budget
Completed a written final project report
Delivered an oral final project presentation
2018 INternship graduates:
Tarryn Michelson - Collaborative Leader Award, Isabelle Paulsen - Collaborative Leader Award, Hamza Yusif, Isaac Groven, Hannah Wallace - Community Outreach Distinction, Sheila Sullivan, Aidan Cuoco, Amir Sheikhali, Miguel Garcia Rosales, Davon Washington, Michael Salzl, Natalie Dusek, Jahir Aquino Moran - Young Leader Award, Gabriel Cayetano, Andy Uvences Bonilla, Erin Boehme - Community Outreach Distinction, Shannon Van Dusartz - Collaborative Leader Award, Modou Dibba, Alejandra Diaz Torres, Salma Khalif, Peyton Thao, Nicholas Lockert - Above and Beyond Award, Megan Anderson, Abby Aasen, and Connor Solvang - Above and Beyond Award.
2017 Internship Graduates:
Daniella Torres-Skendi, Ella Spurbeck, Evan Schumacher, Freya Hatch-Surisook, Maverick Oblikson, Max Doty - Community Outreach Distinction, Kelly Kidwell, Sarah Ziskin - Community Outreach Distinction & Young Leader Award, Simon Kluzak, Zaki Abdi, Anna Jentz - Community Outreach Distinction, Charles Kinnegerg - Community Outreach Distinction, Christian Herrera, Claire Hueg, Daijiro Yokota, Elise Hanson - Community Outreach Distinction, Erin Purvis, Holly Check - Community Outreach Distinction, Judy Anne De Veyra - Above and Beyond Award, Kristen Chalmers - Collaborative Leader Award, Luke Carlson, Madeline Reed, Minette Saulog - Community Outreach Distinction, Nicholas Jacob, Ojiugo Ojebe, Sarah Westcott, Taylor Schroeder - Community Outreach Distinction, and Wil Larson.
2016 Internship graduates:
Rachel Mazac - Community Leader & Dedication Distinction, Zackery Allison - Community Leader & Dedication Distinction, Makenna Short - Community Leader & Dedication Distinction, Justine Oesterle, Melisa Rodriguez - Resilience & Commitment Distinction, Conor Arneson, Dylan Martin - Community Leader & Dedication Distinction, Jenny Fischer, Bekah Kropp -Dedication & Commitment Distinction, Brandon Arneson, Krista Martinka, Megan Gillen, Erin Gustafson - Above & Beyond Distinction, Kristen Chalmers - Above & Beyond Distinction, Mána McBurnie, Georgia Powell, Theresa Hunt - Dedication & Leadership Distinction, Ryland Sorensen, Luke Carlson, Maya Toney, Tucker Nyhlen, Naveed Nezhad, Kelly Kidwell - Dedication & Leadership Distinction, Phong Mia, Julia Revier - Community Leader & Dedication Distinction, Stacie Graves, Morgan Lillie, Jacksin Rusnacko, Peter Biros, Jakari Walker - Dedication & Achievement Distinction, Adelaide Ravensborg - Above & Beyond Distinction, Kharli Johnson, and Zaki Abdi.
2015 internship graduates:
Jack Wahlquist, Rachel M. Mazac, Caitlin Barnhart, Laura Hayes, Joe Lerro, Mose McLain, Will Scully, Minah Swason, Khoa Le, Andrew Bocher, Kajsa Beatty, Katie Lynn Goodin, Luke Fernandez, Maddie Bartholomew, Courtney Lehman, Kathleen Hobert, Arianna Benson, Drew Anderson, Rhiannon Dalrymple, Connor Williams, Phong Mai, Bryan Jones, Olivia Wilson, Elena Rosko, Jack Kellner, Kristin Skoog, Owen Geier, Sarah Jabar, Elizabeth Zalanga, Thomas Steinkamp, Mack Trotter, Rachel Lang, Abdifitah Farah, Maria Chiang, Sol Kaasan,Stacie Graves, Morgan Lillie, Nick Steckman, Jessica Sanders, Jess Bass, Sam Menzies, Alyssa Cocoran, Srah Kroening, Kasie Schultz, Megan Van Loh, Kirsten Roepke-Larsen, and Alia Oldenburg.