internClaireCISA welcomes interns to volunteer and learn with us. Most of our internships are unpaid (volunteer internships), but we will work with your school to help you get credit, participate in a school-funded internship program, or earn work-study hours.

If you are interested in an internship for this – or future- semesters please send your resume and a cover letter to Jennifer.

“CISA restored my faith in being able to find a place to work where people have such similar values to me. Thank you everyone at CISA and Professor Greeley for making this internship happen.  It was a priceless learning experience that I will carry with me forever.”
Gary Pillion, Spring 2013

“In my time at CISA, I learned an amazing amount about the local food system itself, agriculture infrastructure, and the communication, marketing, advocacy and public outreach to both farmers and community members that makes their work possible.  I feel better equipped and excited to pursue a career in the non-profit world.”
Anna Luberoff, Summer 2011

CISA’s spring 2016 Interns

elizaEliza, a Communications Intern, helps to maintain the website as well as works to support program staff on research projects and outreach. Eliza has been interested in food and food studies for as long as she can remember. She spent last summer working at Book & Plow Farm in Amherst. Coming to western Massachusetts from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Eliza is a senior at Smith College where she is studying Anthropology and Italian Studies. She is also a member of the Sustainable Foods concentration at Smith which is what led her to CISA.

emilieEmilie helps with the Local Hero program, and gathers information about farmers’ markets. She was born and raised in Whately, and is currently seeking a degree in Hospitality and Tourism Management. Right now she attends Greenfield Community College and plans on transferring to UMass Amherst in the fall. Having worked at a local farm stand for five years and local restaurant for over a year, she has a strong passion for the importance of local food and farms.


Kelsey assists in the Local Hero program operations, which includes assisting in writing Local Hero member profiles, direct outreach to Local Hero members and generating workshop materials. Born and raised in Amherst, she received a B.S. in Sustainable Food and Farming from UMass Amherst, and loves learning about and working in the Pioneer Valley’s local food scene. Prior to joining CISA, she worked for Nuestras Raices, the Amherst Survival Center, and a number of school gardens. 

Internship opportunities

CISA, a non-profit group, is one of the leading “buy local” groups in the nation and links farms and communities to strengthen agriculture and enhance the economy, rural character and environmental quality of western Massachusetts. CISA seeks candidates for the possible internships listed below.

Program Interns

Qualifications: Skilled in conducting research, interest in local agriculture and food, comfortable talking on telephone, well-organized, ability to present data clearly, experience with Excel, and access to own transportation required (sometimes a bus schedule can work, but often the buses do not work within class schedules).

Local Hero Intern

Our Local Hero internship is a great way to learn about CISA’s work and what it takes to run a Buy Local campaign.  It is through this program that CISA maintains direct relationships with our farms and food system businesses.  CISA works with over 200 farmers and an additional 100 plus businesses who participate in our Local Hero program. This spring we will be in the middle of our annual membership drive and providing technical assistance workshops, resources and one-on-one support to farms and businesses.  We are looking for someone organized and interested in these topics to:

1) Collect data about summer CSAs and farmers markets;
2) Assist in analyzing surveys from technical assistance workshops and our year-end evaluation;
3) Research for specific topics of technical assistance needs; and
4) Calls and outreach to Local Hero members.

Communications Intern
This internship is a great way to learn about how CISA communicates and what else is happening locally.  CISA maintains a Facebook page, has a website and publishes two monthly email newsletters – one for community members and one for Local Hero farm and business members.  In addition to outreach, this position also provides support for our staffer working on farmers markets and our Senior FarmShare program (which provides low income seniors with access to a free mini-CSA share!).  We are looking for someone who is a thorough researcher, good writer, and (ideally) has some experience with photo manipulation (Adobe Photoshop etc.) to:

1) Assist in maintaining CISA’s website;
2) Maintain CISA’s media tracking system;
3) Research and write articles for enews and website, including profiles of Local Hero members;
4) Support staffer in outreach to farmers markets regarding SNAP and on Senior FarmShare; and
5) Review and make recommendations on CISA’s social and online media outreach.

If you are interested in an internship for this coming semester please send your resume and a cover letter to Jennifer Williams, Office Manager.

In accordance with Federal law and US Department of Agriculture policy, CISA is prohibited from discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC  20250-9410, or call (800) 795-3272 (voice), or (202) 720-6382 (TDD).