Internships

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.

Fall 2017 Interns

Caroline is working with the special projects coordinator at CISA on local food procurement issues and market channel evaluation. Before coming to CISA, Caroline worked in nonprofit communications and fundraising for international NGOs and foundations; as a farmer working on food security issues in Vermont, Montana, and Massachusetts and most recently as a graduate student in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems at UMass Amherst. She will graduate with a Masters in Sustainability Science from UMass this fall.

Elsa is working with CISA staff to form relationships with farmers’ market customers and farmers, and to promote the Healthy Incentives Program (HIP).  Elsa has worked in farmers’ markets and food service in and around New York City, and on farms in the Catskill region of New York. She currently studies Environmental Science and Policy with a concentration in Sustainable Food at Smith College.

Jack is working with CISA’s communications team to update and maintain the CISA website, as well as organize and analyze data on CISA’s network of food producers and vendors throughout the Pioneer Valley.  Before coming to CISA, Jack worked on a youth-based urban farm in upstate New York, and in land use and conservation in eastern Massachusetts.  He studied City and Regional Planning at California Polytechnic State University and will graduate this fall with a Bachelor’s of Science in Sustainable Community Development from UMass Amherst.

Diana is working with CISA staff on the Local Hero program. Diana worked on and managed small organic farms in various states for 10 years. She decided to attend graduate school in the fall of 2016 at UMass Amherst in the Geography department, with a focus on food systems and food security.



“Working here has opened my eyes to the importance of local food systems and what our community can do to enhance it. The hands-on experience I have gotten has given me insight on important agricultural issues that inspire me to move forward, and under the kind, approachable staff here at CISA, I feel that my skills have improved and I am becoming more prepared for a career. Thank you, CISA!”  Kylee Denesha, Spring 2017

“I thoroughly enjoyed working as an intern at CISA. The internship allowed me to grow and advance myself as a professional when I was working with farmers’ markets. I had much support from the staff at CISA, but had opportunities to work independently. I developed strong interpersonal skills and a good sense of organization. I know I will be using everything I learned from CISA for the rest of my professional career.” Emily Cycz, Summer 2016

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