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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.

All positions are based out of CISA’s office located at One Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373 (with some remote time possible). We are looking for interns who can commit up to 10 hours a week during the school year for spring and fall internships or at least 20 hours per week for summer internships.

CISA Seeks Climate Program Intern

We are seeking one or two enterprising, creative and organized intern(s) to help build a resilient local food system in Western Massachusetts in the following project areas:

  • Design and build educational materials about climate change and farming for use by students, teachers and at CISA workshops, events and climate forums.
  • Support CISA’s Climate Program’s annual Adapting Your Farm to Climate Change workshop series and annual Climate Week events.

Essential skills: Meeting deadlines; asking for clarification and/or help with projects; setting goals and timelines and using them to guide progress and trouble-shooting; an interest in sustainable and equitable food systems and an interest in education for sustainability.

Desired skills: Spanish speaking and writing; working with (or an interest in) farmers; an understanding of climate change and farming systems and how climate change is affecting farmers and farming communities in New England and beyond.

Location: Hybrid with occasional in person meetings at CISA offices in South Deerfield.

Start date: September 2022

If you are interested in an internship with CISA fill out our online application. If you have questions, please contact Jennifer Williams, Office Manager.

“Working at CISA was a very rewarding experience, and has further instilled in me the desire to improve food systems for a healthy planet. The variety of tasks I assisted on gave me an insight into the daily operations of a nonprofit working with local farms and markets, and a wonderful opportunity to be in an environment filled with people dedicated to their work in promotion and support of local food systems. The skills and knowledge I gained at CISA are important pieces to the development of my career. Thank you all so much for this opportunity!”   Natasha Cnossen, Summer 2019

“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

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).