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.


Youth 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 with resume building and sustainability certificate.
Go on to create businesses or bring sustainable / entrepreneurial practices and thinking to their careers.



2017 internship enrollment is closed.

2017 Internship Topics:

Entrepreneurship: Become highly employable by managing projects on a deadline and budget.
Sustainability: Designing our systems, economies, and environments so that they honor and support nature and take care of all our brothers and sisters.
Sustainable jobs in Minneapolis: You will meet a network of Spark-Y partners and learn about all the opportunities for jobs related to sustainability in the Twin Cities area.
Professional and job skills: Develop the undeniable skills that employers most look for: Leadership; Communication; Critical thinking; Teamwork; Problem solving. We will also explore project management, marketing, community events, motivation, integrity and attitude.
DIY bio: Further our mission by making biology accessible for everyone and developing/incubating new ideas.
Sustainable agriculture and systems thinking: Spark-Y uses sustainable agricultural systems such as aquaponics, vermicomposting, mushroom cultivation, school farms and permaculture inspired rain gardens for engaging learning tools for youth of all ages. Learn what they are, how they work, and their place in the social, economic, and environmental fabric of our Minneapolis community.

here's what our 2016 interns 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."

 - Makenna
 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.”

- Halima
Roosevelt Urban Farming Project