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Molly Gaynier harvests sunflower and popcorn shoots

Finding an Internship

There are numerous opportunities for internships and apprenticeships throughout the US and around the world. It’s important to read the job descriptions carefully and recognize that there are many people and non-profits entering the realm of food production and food systems. Some of these groups have good intentions and lots of non-profit experience, often with very little knowledge or experience in food production (i.e. long on ideas, short on resources). The best opportunities are those that have staff or partners with sound knowledge and experience growing food and can provide a true mentorship experience. Those opportunities that expect interns or apprentices to start up a farm from scratch have good intentions but are dreaming. Opportunities that do not, at least, provide housing and some kind of stipend should be scrutinized to determine what the true benefit will be for the intern. It may be the perfect entry into a career field, or the experience may be a nightmare operation with no resources or ability to implement stated goals. The best internships are with organizations or small farms with years of experience, pay a stipend or food allowance, provide housing (or adequate salary to cover housing) and have experienced mentors.

Study abroad internships rarely pay anything. Many, require participants to pay for airfare + housing + meals, and some even tack on a fee for the experience. As a general rule, it is typical to pay your way to and from an abroad experience, but the better opportunities at least provide a bed to sleep on and meals. UGA students, interested in working abroad should contact the UGA CAES Global Studies Office to learn about possible scholarships and work experiences that are vetted by the college and provide a structured learning environment.

General Internship Listings

Carolina Farm Stewardship Association Internal Referral

National Center for Appropriate Technology

Sustainable Living and Farm Jobs

Good Food Jobs

Foodworks (Canada)