Looking for an intern? Because some aspiring high school students are looking for work.

For years, WorkSystems Inc. has funded a youth workforce development program at the Supa Fresh Youth Farm, a working farm behind Durham Elementary School that raises vegetables to sell at local farmer's markets.

The farm’s workers are low-income teenagers from across the area who are currently seeking business partners for subsidized internship placements.

The students complete two weeks of work-readiness training and a minimum of 25 hours at the farm, then qualify for a subsidized internship with a local business.

“Due to a generous grant from the United Way, Supa Fresh is able to expand their subsidized internship placements this year,” said Director Mia Bartlett. “(We) are in need of robust local work experiences.”

The grant allows Supa Fresh to pay up to the full cost, including wages, taxes, etc., and legally be the employer of record, though most of the current partners donate 25 percent of the cost.

Bartlett said the farm currently has about 20 students to place in 80-hour-long internships.

Retail and food service are preferred.

In the past, Supa Fresh interns have worked at Whole Foods Market, Koi Fusion and Chipotle.

Interested local businesses should contact Bartlett at 509-774-8139 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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