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.
If you are interested in an internship for this or future semesters, please send your resume and a cover letter to Jennifer.
Open Internship opportunities
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 (we are on the PVTA and FRTA bus lines).
This internship is a great way to learn about how CISA communicates. CISA uses Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, 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.
Farmers’ Market Intern — open to GCC students only
CISA’s Summer Farmers’ Market Interns will support efforts to enhance community outreach and community engagement activities at farmers’ markets. Tasks will include (1) outreach and education to community partner organizations about CISA’s “SNAP and Save” program, which matches purchases made with SNAP (formerly food stamp) benefits at farmers’ markets; and (2) planning and conducting activities at farmers’ market to add value for SNAP recipients and other customers. In addition, interns will support more general CISA activities including distribution of outreach materials, collecting and analyzing evaluation data, outreach to business members, website updates, and event logistics. Weekly schedule will vary due to need to attend different farmers’ markets and will sometimes include weekend hours. Applicants must be currently enrolled at Greenfield Community College to be eligible for this internship. Find more information here.
If you are interested in applying for a summer internship, please send your resume and a cover letter to Jennifer Williams, Office Manager.
“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 summer 2016 Interns
Emilie 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 a local restaurant for over a year, she has a strong passion for the importance of local food and farms.
Becca works with the Local Hero team to distribute resources to members, profile member restaurants, and research ways to increase wholesale distribution of food in the Pioneer Valley. Although originally from the Boston area, Becca now calls the Valley her home; an attachment that has deepened over the past two summers while working at Many Hands Farm Corps in Amherst. She is currently pursuing a degree in Geography at Vassar College with a correlate in Creative Writing and is excited for the opportunity to work and learn at CISA.
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