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.

Internships for Fall 2017

All positions are based in CISA’s offices located at One Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373.

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 transportation required (sometimes a bus schedule can work, but often the buses do not work within class schedules)

Outreach/Communications Intern

This internship is a great way to learn about how CISA communicates and what else is happening locally.  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.  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:

  • Assist in maintaining CISA’s website;
  • Maintain CISA’s media tracking system;
  • Research and write articles for enews and website, including profiles of Local Hero members;
  • Support staffer in outreach to farmers markets regarding SNAP and re Senior FarmShare; and
  • Review and make recommendations on CISA’s social and online media outreach.

Program Intern: Local Hero Intern

Our Local Hero internship is a great way to learn about CISA’s work and what it takes to run a Buy Local campaign.  It is through this program that CISA maintains direct relationships with our farms and food system businesses.  CISA works with over 275 farmers and an additional 150 plus businesses who participate in our Local Hero program. This fall we will be planning our Local Hero open enrollment membership renewal campaign, gathering resources and coordinating one-on-one support to farms and businesses.  We are looking for someone organized and interested in these topics to:

  • Introductory visits to Local Hero members to drop off materials;
  • Assist with workshop planning logistics and attendance throughout the fall.
  • Assist in analyzing surveys from technical assistance workshops and our year-end evaluation;
  • Write profiles of members for our website and promotional work; and
  • Calls and outreach to Local Hero members.

Program Intern: Farmers’ Market Intern

This internship is a great way to learn about Farmer’s Markets and how to support them.  CISA maintains relationships with the 30 farmers’ markets in our region and this summer will be supporting their transition to process HIP (Healthy Incentives Program), which provides SNAP (formerly Food Stamp) customers with a dollar for dollar rebate for their purchases of fruits and vegetables.  This position will attend markets to assist market managers, vendors and clients in communicating and transitioning to HIP benefits, will do outreach to farm stands and CSAs regarding HIP as necessary, and support CISA’s communications to the public regarding HIP.  We are looking for someone who is has impeccable customer service and people skills, can communicate complicated transactions to a variety of audiences, is organized, and is a good writer to:

  • Schedule and coordinate market visits;
  • Set up and staff CISA tables for public outreach at events and activities over the fall;
  • Support farmers’ markets, vendors, farm stands, and CSAs in accepting HIP
  • Support staffer in outreach to farmers markets regarding SNAP and re Senior FarmShare; and
  • Review and make recommendations of outreach and tools to support HIP.

If you are interested in an internship for this coming semester please send your resume and a cover letter to:  Jennifer Williams, Office Manager, to jennifer@buylocalfood.org.

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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