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.

Summer 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.

Kelly is a student at UMASS who will be helping with CISA’s communications and public outreach. She updates the CISA website as well as helping out with the Senior Farmshare program and other projects. She is passionate about local food and enjoys volunteering on farms and eating vegetables. Previously she has worked with the Mass. Farm to School Project and spent a summer working on a farm and country market in Nantucket. She currently runs a part-time gardening business with customers across the Pioneer Valley.

Rose is a recent graduate from UMASS. She studied Public Health and completed the Civic Engagement and Service Learning (CESL) program. She is passionate about food justice and she wants to combine her interests in food systems and humanitarian assistance in her future research and endeavors. She loves to be immersed in nature and explore the western MA area during the summertime. She will be helping the Local Hero team deliver the Locally Grown: Farm Products Guide and Local Hero marketing materials to all members around western MA.

“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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