School-year graduates are invited to apply for a paid summer internship under one of two tracks:
Food Entrepreneurship: After successfully premiering their food business at Market Day, students have the opportunity to launch, operate, and refine their business at Detroit farmers’ markets and grocery stores. In addition to building their own business, students spend one day per week inside the operation of their local food business mentor. The summer culminates in ‘Pitch Day’, where DFA’s young leaders pitch their businesses and personal leadership stories for a chance to win endorsements from the DFA Mentorship Board, scholarships, internship opportunities, and the addition of their handcrafted product to the Small Batch Detroit line.
Culinary Arts: Students passionate about culinary arts have the opportunity to continue honing their craft under the guidance of a a local chef mentor. They lead and create meals for the larger group, share their tasty creations at farmers’ markets, and craft a menu for an end-of-summer cooking competition.