CISA welcomes interns to work and learn with us. Most of our internships are unpaid, but if you are a student we will work with your school to help you get credit, participate in a school-funded internship program, or earn work-study hours.
Open Internship opportunities
CISA is accepting intern applications for the spring 2017 semester and summer 2017. If you are interested in applying for a fall internship, please send your resume and a cover letter to Jennifer Williams, Office Manager.
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:
- Introductory visits to Local Hero members;
- Collect data about summer CSAs and farmers markets;
- Assist in analyzing surveys from technical assistance workshops and our year-end evaluation;
- Research for specific topics of technical assistance needs; and
- Calls and outreach to Local Hero members.
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:
- Assist in maintaining CISA’s website;
- Maintain CISA’s media tracking system;
- Research and write articles for enews and website, including profiles of Local Hero members;
- Support staffer in outreach to farmers markets regarding SNAP and re Senior FarmShare; and
- Review and make recommendations on CISA’s social and online media outreach.
“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 2017 Interns
Kylee is the communications intern for the spring of 2017, handling web organization and updates, writing profiles of Local Hero members, and assisting with the upkeep and outreach of CISA as a whole.This is her first time working in sustainable agriculture, and is extremely enthusiastic about the movements occurring at CISA and assisting with the implementation of local food programs. Kylee is passionate for learning new things and contributing information to her local, and someday global, community. She is currently a University of Massachusetts Amherst senior, studying Journalism, Theater and Biology, and will be graduating this May! She cannot wait to learn more about local food through the work done at CISA.
Kat is a senior Geography major at the University of Massachusetts
Amherst and is pursuing a career in climate change policy. She has done work with sustainable agriculture through an internship on the Hampshire college farm as well as through a work-study retreat to Hawaii to work with indigenous farmers and learn about native ecosystems. She is also an active organizer for the Divest UMass campaign that had a recent victory of convincing the university to divest from fossil fuel investments.
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).