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

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.

Membership and Development Interns

Membership and Development Intern
CISA maintains a Community Membership Program which connects local community members to our work.  Good customer service skills, interest in CISA and local agriculture and food, comfortable talking on telephone and in person to CISA supporters, access to own transportation required (sometimes a bus schedule can work, but often the buses do not work within class schedules).

1) Assist development staff with data base and general office support;
2) Provide administrative support for Taste the View, CISA’s Fall fundraising event;
3) Prepare and distribute membership materials at community events, farmers’ markets, market co-ops and retail locations; and,
4) Research and help implement on-line membership appeals and web-link promotion opportunities.

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

CISA works with over 200 farmers and an additional 100 plus businesses who participate in our Local Hero program. This fall we will launch our annual membership drive and provide technical assistance workshops, resources and one-on-one support to these farms and businesses, and analyze annual evaluation with current members. We are looking for someone who is organized and interested in these topics to:

1) Collect data about winter CSAs and winter marketing;
2) Assist in developing evaluation tools and surveying farmers;
3) Research for specific topics of technical assistance needs; and
4) Logistics support for workshops and one-on-one meetings.

Outreach/Communications Intern 
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.  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; and
4)     Review and make recommendations on CISA’s social and online media outreach.

Food System Intern

CISA is providing research and analysis on local food systems and coordinating an effort to understand what it takes to build the local food system.  In the fall of 2014, our focus is on sales from local growers to larger buyers, such as supermarkets and institutions. In addition, we are planning for CISA programming related to climate change, and supporting Pioneer Valley Grows, a network of food system professionals. We are looking for an organized and outgoing intern to:

1)     Research existing efforts to help farmers increase resiliency and mitigate climate impacts, and to communicate to the general public about local agriculture and climate change;
2)     Support research on wholesale products, sales, and distribution; and
3)     Provide assistance to the Pioneer Valley Grows coordinator as needed.

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. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

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).