NYC Volunteers/Interns

Sprouts Cooking Club relies on an active and dedicated group of volunteers to carry out our mission of teaching children from all backgrounds the life skills of cooking wholesome, nutritious food. Volunteer opportunities are designed to make a real difference in the lives of our participants. As a volunteer, you are an integral member in the successful execution of our programs. Therefore, we strive to make your experience fulfilling and fun! We hope that your service proves to be a valuable experience and contributes to your life as an engaged member of our community.

Volunteer/Intern Positions

Job Posting:
Take off that formal business attire and get ready for a summer packed with celebrity chefs, delectable food, and fun-loving kids. Plus – earn some cash while you’re at it! As Camp Director, we will help you explore different career options as you delve into the delicious inner core of a culinary non-profit. You will be part of Sprouts very first NYC team which means you will be working alongside Sprouts’ founder while contributing to our expansion to New York! By the end of the summer, you will have developed new cooking skills, eaten a ton of delicious bites from hotshot restaurants, and made new friends with a whole slew of local chefs and restaurants! Join us for a slammin’ summer, and help us in our mission to teach kids about cooking and nutrition to lead healthier lives!
Your Role:
You and the Camp Manager will be the official liaison between Sprouts’ community of parents, chefs and our team! You will help lead our summer camp team through weekly check-ins with Sprouts’ management and counselors, weekly counselor scheduling at camps, and making sure that camp logistics run smoothly. Your ultimate goal is to improve the camp experience for parents and kids. This will give you an in-depth experience behind the scenes of our growing nonprofit!
Your position is incredibly hands-on and rewarding as you are able to see the direct impact of Summer Camp and the individual progress of each camper! Your work will contribute to Sprouts’ mission to get kids cooking and empower them to make better decisions for their health. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in a program that is really making a difference in our community.
Your Professional Growth:
We believe that everyone has something to contribute! We will work with you individually to make sure that your skill set is highlighted throughout the summer and your goals for personal and professional growth are met. Everyone has something to offer, and your opinion will be heard. Whether your interests are in business, cooking, community impact, nutrition, leadership, or youth .. we will develop tasks and roles for you that will highlight that. Let us help you brainstorm the best ways to maximize your summer with us!
Sample Tasks:
– Oversee that counselor intro emails are sent out to campers
– Handle donation logistics with other team members
– Check-in with team members
– Make sure scheduling and logistics run smoothly
– Meet parents and send out welcome and daily follow up emails.
– Oversee our team of interns
– Send out orientation emails to parents
– Working with your assistant, oversee daily logistics
– Maintain ingredient, equipment, and transportation checklists
– Set a positive, cheerful, energetic tone for your team of counselors, photographers, bloggers, bakers, children and parents
– Send out post-camp follow up, such as surveys
– Storage organization
*We want you to have a valuable experience and are happy to cater to your own goals and objectives. Please let us know in your cover letter what skills you would like to develop and grow so we can tailor the internship to meet your needs!
Your Workspace and Hours:
You will not be working in a typical office environment for your summer, you will be working behind the scenes at real restaurants, farms and markets!
**Summer Camp hours subject to change to accommodate Summer Camp needs. **
Skills and Requirements:
Strong organizational skills, high aptitude, familiarity and comfort with technology, strong interpersonal skills, interest in community, children, driver’s license, chefs, nutrition, and cooking. Leadership skills. Culinary skills and comfort in the kitchen. Comfort working with kids and problem solving on the fly. Must be incredibly organized and have a positive attitude even under stress.
Commitments and Contract Period:
4 month commitment
– Starting immediately: 2 to 5 hrs/week
– 3 weeks before camp: 16hrs/week
– Camp weeks: 45 hrs/week
– Post Camp week: 39 hrs/week
Compensation and Benefits:
You will gain valuable experience working with a successful nonprofit, all while serving the community with your contribution to Sprouts! You will receive a $120 stipend, and a signed Alice Waters book!
Job Description:
Kick off your heels and take off that formal attire – this internship is hands-on, delicious, and an amazing opportunity to become friends with some of the hottest chef talent that NYC has to offer! If you are a culinary aficionado, aspiring chef or a culinary entrepreneur – this is the perfect opportunity to make a name for yourself in the culinary community and meet the right people! Not only that, but you will be making a direct impact on Sprouts expansion to New York, and work alongside Sprouts founder all the while making a difference in the lives of dozens of children.
Your Role:
As Sprouts NYC Summer Camp Manager, you will be the official liaisons between Sprouts community of parents, chefs and, of course, our team! You will help lead our summer camp team through weekly check-ins with Sprouts management and counselors, ensuring that camp logistics (such as transportation and collecting waiver forms) run smoothly. This position includes a variety of tasks but, ultimately, your goal is to improve the camp experience for the parents and kids!
You will work with Google spreadsheets, public relations, and marketing. This position will offer the inimitable experience of networking with local chefs, creating strong ties with neighborhood parents and children, increasing your personal culinary skills, and developing computer and business skills.
The summer can be broken down into these phases:
Management Phase (TBD, based on applicant’s schedule and availability):
During the Management Phase, we will have a Sprouts orientation, summer programming meetings, chef meet-and-greets, a preliminary logistic organization, and a team orientation that will include first aid and kitchen safety awareness. This will also include calls with parents.
Phase 1, Pre-Camp Phase (July 3 – July 14):
You will spend 16-24 hours with Sprouts, answering parent calls and responding to emails. You will help finalize parent registration matters, as well as transportation and team logistics. You will also have meetings with the Sprouts Summer Camp Manager, Directors, and Counselors, running miscellaneous errands and summer camp prep.
Phase 2, Camps in Session (July 15 – July 30):
Phase 2 is the most labor-intensive, as it is when we have the actual cooking camps. It will be a 45-hour work week, typically running from Monday-Friday. You will be spending time at camps, checking-in with team members, as well as working remotely, making sure scheduling and logistics are smooth. You will also meet the parents and send out both welcome and daily follow-up emails. Additionally, you will be overseeing counselor sub-roles and ensuring all counselors are happy!
Phase 3, Post-Camp (July 31 – August 7):
Your schedule will return to 3 full office days each week. During this time, your tasks will consist of post-camp follow-up, such as surveying parents. During the cooking camps, we are typically approached by a variety of people who propose collaboration projects and opportunities. We use Phase 3 to conduct follow-up emails, telephone calls, meetings, and creating thank-you packages for our wonderful donors.
Your Professional Growth:
Your professional growth is incredibly important to us, and you will work closely with Sprouts’ founder to outline your professional objectives. You will develop leadership, entrepreneurial, and project management skills as you help bring Sprouts to NYC!
This position is designed to help individuals gain valuable experience in the culinary world and hone their culinary, professional, and leadership skills. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after!
Skills and Requirements:
Qualified candidates will have strong organizational skills, cheerful and social disposition, high aptitude, familiarity and comfort with technology, strong interpersonal skills, interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking. Looking for candidates with leadership skills. Must have high energy, optimism, enthusiasm for Sprouts mission, initiative, independence, and ownership of tasks.
Sample Tasks:
– Handling calls and emails from interested parents!
– Lead summer camp day of classes and activities
– Planning details and coordinating logistics for Sprouts first-ever NYC summer camps (2 weeks in July)
– Correspond with restaurant chefs to plan menus and classes
– Check in with team departments to plan class details including inventory for ingredients for classes, team volunteers to assist, and team instructors to lead classes
– Reaching out to and working with chefs through solicitation emails, follow up chef visits, coordinating class details, restaurant media
– Develop resources, templates and tools such as lesson plan templates and activity templates
Commitments and Contract Period:
This is a 4 month commitment:
– Starting immediately: 2 to 5 hrs/week
– 3 weeks before camp: 16hrs/week
– Camp weeks: 45 hrs/week
– Post Camp week: 39 hrs/week
Preference to candidates with cooking and leadership experience.
You must have easy access to Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Compensation and Perks:
You will gain valuable experience working with a successful nonprofit, all while serving the community with your contribution to Sprouts. You will receive a $120 stipend, and a signed Alice Waters book!
Job Posting:
Take off that formal business attire and get ready for a summer packed with celebrity chefs, delectable food, and fun-loving kids. Plus – earn some cash while you’re at it! As camp counselor, we will help you explore different career options as you delve into the delicious inner core of a culinary non-profit. You will be part of Sprouts very first NYC team which means you will be working alongside Sprouts’ founder while contributing to our expansion to New York! By the end of the summer, you will have developed new cooking skills, eaten a ton of delicious bites from hotshot restaurants, and made new friends with a whole slew of local chefs and restaurants! Join us for a slammin’ summer, and help us in our mission to teach kids about cooking and nutrition to lead healthier lives!
Your Role:
As a Camp Counselor, you will be working hands-on with a group of up to 17 elementary-aged kids, alongside your team of counselors and camp staff. You will have the opportunity to work right inside real restaurants with real chefs, visit local farms and markets, and get a taste of the culinary scene in NYC. Which also means that you will be first in line for all of the delicious food that we cook up with our chef friends! The Summer Camp Counselors will have plenty of opportunities to show leadership and facilitate the flow of each day: from talking to parents to helping teach a class or two!
This internship consists of 3 phases:
Phase 1 (July 3rd – July 14th)
The initial phase is a 16-hour work week commitment. The focus will be on pre-camp prep, meetings with Sprouts’ directors and summer camp team, as well as miscellaneous errands and ingredient pick-up.
Phase 2 (Camp in Session: July 15th – July 30th)
Each week is action packed and brimming with delicious food and hotshot chefs! Camp Counselors will start their day with a team meeting at around 8:15 a.m. and stay after to help wrap up after camps end at 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. One day per week you’ll be given the day off, depending on the camp schedule. On Saturdays and Sundays there will be very light parent and counselor follow-up from the week.
During the week, counselors will be super hands-on and involved with the immediate execution of the camps. Counselors will have plenty of opportunity to show leadership and facilitate the flow of each day. As a camp counselor, you will work closely with the other counselors and Camp Directors. You will also assist the chefs, from getting them settled in to helping them execute their class plan. Counselors will also help transport children via public transportation from various sites. Set-up and clean-up of the kitchen site is a crucial aspect of this position. Positive attitude, high energy, and strong teamwork are key components.
Phase 3 (July 31st – August 7th)
This phase will be a 39 hour per week time commitment. This follow-up phase entails post-camp surveys, storage organization, email follow-ups to parents, meetings, and thank-you packages for chefs and donors.
Your Professional Growth:
We believe that everyone has something to contribute! We will work with you individually to make sure that your skill set is highlighted throughout the summer and your goals for personal and professional growth are met. Everyone has something to offer, and your opinion will be heard. Whether your interests are in business, cooking, community impact, nutrition, leadership, or youth .. we will develop tasks and roles for you that will highlight that. Let us help you brainstorm the best ways to maximize your summer with us!
Your Workspace and Hours:
You will not be working in a typical office environment for your summer, you will be working behind the scenes at real restaurants, farms and markets!
**Summer Camp hours subject to change to accommodate Summer Camp needs. **
Skills and Requirements:
Strong organizational skills, high aptitude, familiarity and comfort with technology, strong interpersonal skills, interest in community, children, driver’s license, chefs, nutrition, and cooking. Leadership skills. Culinary skills and comfort in the kitchen. Comfort and excitement for working with kids.
Commitments and Contract Period:
This is a 4 month commitment
– Starting immediately: 2 to 5 hrs/week
– 3 weeks before camp: 16hrs/week
– Camp weeks: 45 hrs/week
– Post Camp week: 39 hrs/week
Please specify your schedule preference.
Can be flexible with school schedules.
Compensation and Benefits:
You will gain valuable experience working with a successful nonprofit, all while serving the community with your contribution to Sprouts. You will receive a $120 stipend, and a signed Alice Waters book!
Job Posting:
Take off that formal business attire and get ready for a summer packed with celebrity chefs, delectable food, and fun-loving kids. Plus – earn some cash while you’re at it! This is the perfect opportunity to make a name for yourself in the culinary nonprofit community and gain some invaluable marketing experience! You will be making a direct impact on Sprouts’ expansion in New York, as you work alongside Sprouts’ Founder and Global Director! Throughout your internship, you will have countless opportunities to meet impressive people in the culinary world including chefs, restaurateurs, and community members, develop your own ideas, and help execute Sprouts’ special mission of getting kids from all backgrounds the opportunity to cook and eat healthy, balanced meals!
Your Role:
As the Summer Marketing Intern, you will never be bored; you will learn how to promote Sprouts’ classes, fundraisers, and programs, as well as facilitate Sprouts’ expansion to NYC. You will be working directly with our Founder and Global Director to help execute our marketing strategy and create excitement around events. By the end of the internship, you will be an expert in multiple marketing strategies and techniques, and will be skilled in technical writing and content creation. Most importantly, your voice will be heard, and you will have constant opportunities to contribute your ideas into our strategy and global marketing plan.
This internship is hands-on and action packed! You will get the chance to learn about the behind-the-scenes of a nonprofit, and be able to voice your ideas and opinions to the entire team and Sprouts founder alike. You will even get the opportunity to implement your ideas and execute our marketing materials. You will have the important role of sharing the stories of our Chef-in-Training interns with the community, the team, and our Board of Advisors, including Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver. You will also have the option to execute our chef profile highlights, our outreach to newspapers, blogs, radio shows, and our global marketing plan including our blog and social media posts. This is an exciting and unique opportunity to be involved in a program that is really making a difference in our community.
Your Professional Growth:
We believe that everyone has something to contribute! We will work with you individually to make sure that your skill set is highlighted throughout the summer and your goals for personal and professional growth are met. Everyone has something to offer, and your opinion will be heard. Whether your interests are in business, cooking, community impact, nutrition, leadership, or youth .. we will develop tasks and roles for you that will highlight that. Let us help you brainstorm the best ways to maximize your summer with us!
Sample Tasks:
As the Summer Marketing Intern, you will contribute to marketing promotion and materials. This includes tasks such as:
– Execute Sprouts’ global communication plan incorporating social media, Mailchimp campaigns, facebook ads, informational videos, and cooking videos
– Standardize Mailchimp campaigns and templates
– Create and execute style guidelines for Sprouts’ voice and image
– Write up newsletter updates on Sprouts’ achievements and highlights to share our growth with our community
– Create and execute chef profile highlights
– Review and improve our current advertisement action plans for our various programs: fundraisers, classes, after school cooking program, Chef-in-Training program, classes for Girls Inc and youth with special needs
– Create and post content weekly on Sprouts’ blog
– Promote Sprouts’ fundraising events
– Increase Sprouts’ presence in national and local magazines, blogs, and publications
– Review and improve our current communication strategy to share new videos,
– Create strategy and gameplan to build up our Facebook, community and Youtube channels
– Generate publicity and hype around Sprouts’ impact and our Chef-in-Training program. (Reach out to bloggers, freelance writers, radio talk shows, and magazines to talk about the work we are doing!)
Your Team:
As Summer Marketing Intern, you will be working directly with Sprouts’ Founder to create and execute marketing materials for Sprouts. You will also be working with our other Marketing and Social Media Interns to create content for our social media platforms. You will have the opportunity to work directly with Google’s marketing team to help strategize Sprouts’ marketing efforts.
Skills and Requirements:
Strong organizational skills, cheerful and social disposition, enthusiasm for Sprouts’ mission, initiative, independence, ownership of tasks. Social media and marketing experience preferred. Website maintenance experience, specifically with WordPress, desired.
Commitments and Contract Period:
This is a 4 month commitment
– Starting immediately: 10-15 hrs/week
– 3 weeks before camp: 20-25 hrs/week
– Camp weeks: 40 hrs/week
– Post Camp week: 40 hrs/week
Compensation and Benefits:
You will gain valuable experience working with a successful nonprofit, all while serving the community with your contribution to Sprouts. This position is unpaid. You will receive a $60 stipend, and a signed Alice Waters book!
Job Description:
Kick off your heels and take off that formal attire – this internship is hands-on, delicious, and an amazing opportunity to become friends with some of the hottest chef talent that NYC has to offer! If you are a culinary aficionado, aspiring chef or a culinary entrepreneur – this is the perfect opportunity to make a name for yourself in the culinary community and meet the right people! Not only that, but you will be making a direct impact on Sprouts expansion to New York, and work alongside Sprouts’ founder all the while making a difference in the lives of dozens of children.
Your Role:
As NYC Ambassador, you will work directly with Sprouts founder as we expand our in-restaurant cooking classes from San Francisco and Paris — to New York! You will help implement a network of chefs, restaurant owners, bloggers and volunteers! You will get to dive into the ‘bling bling’ side of Sprouts as you develop relationships with fun-loving NYC chefs. As part of your job, you’ll even get to go to the restaurants to taste the menu! You will handle the planning and execution of classes for Sprouts’ July NYC camps – and get us ready to launch more classes in the fall! Along with Sprouts’ global director and founder, you will be a key point of contact for NYC restaurants, farms, and community partners. Through your work, you will get to develop personal relationships with the chefs and farmers as you meet with to plan hands-on cooking classes for our July camps. Inspiring chefs and culinary businesses in our community will be a huge part of your role! You will encourage chefs to help us empower kids to cook simple, healthy meals for themselves and their families!
Your Professional Growth:
Your professional growth is incredibly important to us, and you will work closely with Sprouts’ founder to outline your professional objectives. You will develop leadership, entrepreneurial, and project management skills as you work with Sprouts’ global director to build up our NYC base. As you gain experience, you will also have the opportunity to guide other team members and summer interns to assist you.
You learn about various business models, partnership building, and nonprofit regulations as you participate and voice opinions during our team meetings. As a small nonprofit with little hierarchy, your voice will be heard and your opinion will be sought after! You will see first-hand, the many moving variables of a thriving and evolving structure. You’ll learn the basics of business and accounting, expansion and marketing strategy as you sit in on team meetings.
Sample Tasks:
– Planning details and coordinating logistics for Sprouts first-ever NYC summer camps (summer camps scheduled for two weeks in July)
– Correspond with restaurant chefs to plan menus and classes
– Check in with team departments to plan class details including inventory for ingredients for classes, team volunteers to assist, and team instructors to lead classes
– Reaching out to and working with chefs through solicitation emails, follow up chef visits, coordinating class details, restaurant media
– Creating promotional materials to promote classes and camps
– Strengthening systems and tools to set structure for success pertinent to our lineup
– Assist during the summer camps
– Overseeing weekend class planning with programming team
– Forge new relationships with chefs, restaurants, kitchen venues, farmers, markets, and community members
– Develop resources, templates and tools such as lesson plan templates and activity templates
Your Team:
As Chef Ambassador, you will be working directly with NYC and Brooklyn chefs and restaurants to create a dynamic summer camp. You will also have the opportunity to work directly with Sprouts’ founder and marketing strategist to develop Sprouts’ marketing efforts. In this position you will be able to work with an array of NY restaurant chefs, local farmers, and mission-focused partner nonprofits. You will be also get to meet and work tangentially with 13 full and part-time Bay Area based Sprouts team members.
Your Workspace:
You will get to work from wherever you’d like – including potential partner restaurants!
Skills and Requirements:
Qualified candidates will have strong organizational skills, cheerful and social disposition, high aptitude, familiarity and comfort with technology, strong interpersonal skills, interest in community, children, chefs, nutrition, and cooking. Looking for candidates with leadership skills and some past experience in the restaurant industry. Must have high energy, optimism, enthusiasm for Sprouts mission, initiative, independence, and ownership of tasks.
Preference to candidates with prior relationships with chefs and restaurants.
Must have easy access to Manhattan and Brooklyn.
Commitments and Contract Period:
4 month commitment
– Starting immediately: 10 hrs/week
– 3 weeks before camp: 16 hrs/week
– Camp weeks: 45 hrs/week
– Post Camp week: 39 hrs/week
Compensation and Benefits:
You will gain valuable experience working with a successful nonprofit, all while serving the community with your contribution to Sprouts. You will receive a signed Alice Waters book, a monthly $60 stipend AND a $40 transportation stipend for the entire summer to be used during the 2 weeks of camp!
Position Description:
As the Photographer Intern, your job is quite fun, yet challenging! You will be in charge of capturing the essence of Sprouts’ classes and events. The best photos are those of the kids in action, capturing their facial expressions and their hands as they cook with the chefs. We always seek photos that show the socioeconomic diversity of our campers. It is very important that we have high-quality, professional photos, as they will be used for articles, press releases, sponsorships, and spreading the message about our programs. Furthermore, your photos will be sent to the chefs participating in the camp, as well as the parents! This is a great opportunity for you to get your name out as a photographer and to be credited and published in online articles, magazines, newspapers, and blogs. Each photographer will also need to be able to download and share their photos with the Camp Manager and Director.
This position will truly offer the inimitable experience of networking with local chefs, building your portfolio and brand recognition, and meeting potential clients (such as the parents, restaurants, chefs, and business owners).
Phase 2, Camps in Session (July 13 – July 30):
Typical hours will be Monday – Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. However, you will be assigned one weekday off, meaning you will be working 4 full days each week. In addition to photographing the kids as they cook, you will also have the opportunity to help at classes!
Phase 3, Post-Camp (July 31 – August 7):
During the post-camp phase, you will be working 2 full office days each week, with the potential of organizing remote hours.
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