Internships

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About our Internship Program:

MaY 10th – AUGUST 9th

In addition to the development and hands-on application of specialized skills, our internships include trainings and discussions designed to build a deeper knowledge of: Global Growers programs and vision, the local food system we are working to build, food sovereignty in a broader context, and our economically and culturally diverse local communities. We work with universities to support class credit and university sponsored programs.  The internships are unpaid, however we offer food shares and can contribute to transportation expenses for interns from low-income households. 

 

Program Overview:

What Global Growers Offers

·      Class credit or cooperation with university sponsored programs

·      Fresh food share (exact amount and items are dependent on harvest and season)

·      Invitations to community events, meetings, and opportunities for networking

·      Scholarship to one Georgia Organics, Homestead Atlanta, or Wylde Center training of choice (up to $50)

Global Growers Orientation: MAY 10th, 2014

      Background and vision of Global Growers

      Overview of the local food movement in local and national contexts

      Introduction to Clarkston, GA and the refugee resettlement process

      Review Global Growers handbook (reading materials for foundational knowledge; references for relevant organizations; local food guide; research and resources)

      Break-out sessions with supervisors

Internship Structure:

      Weekly check-in meetings with supervisor for support, guidance, and professional development

      Workdays at production sites: Learn what is happening in and on the ground

      Mid-point check-in: Updates from each division (Marketing, Community, Production)

      End of Season Celebration: A local foods potluck (each intern will receive a $10 stipend to be spent at a local farmers’ market to prepare a dish to share)

 

Requirements:

These hands-on internships require independent and group work in multiple locations (Decatur, Grant Park, Clarkston, Stone Mountain). The time commitment is at least 20 hours/week.  Demonstrated skills as a reliable self-starter are required.  Multi-cultural, international experience and fluency in Kirundi, Swahili, or other local refugee languages a plus.  Ideal candidates have:

·      A commitment to community development

·      A serious interest in the local foods movement

·      Energetic and self-motivated work habits

·      A mind for efficiency, innovation, and inquiry

·      Open and positive communication skills

·      The willingness to learn no matter how much you already know

 

 

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

 

1.  FARM PRODUCTION INTERNSHIP Learn about organic agriculture, from seed to field to harvest to market.

The Farm Production internship will support production at various farm and garden sites, including community gardens, market gardens, and training farm.  Specific responsibilities include:

·      Assist with farm maintenance, greenhouse management, planting, harvesting, and record-keeping

·      Learn and implement principles of organic farming at different production sites in DeKalb County (limited MARTA accessibility), in cooperation with international growers

·      Participate in and coordinate activities during volunteer workdays

·      Assist with planning, organizing, and hosting Global Growers’ fall farm events

·      Requirements: must be able to lift 30 lbs and provide own transportation

·      Availability: Saturdays 8am – 3pm, plus 2 other days/week to work consistently (Tuesday – Friday, 8am-3pm).

 

2.  MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS INTERNSHIP Learn about direct marketing, CSA management, organizational communication strategies, and event planning.

The Marketing& Communications internship will support the Global Growers Market Co-Op and Communications team with a focus on: farmers markets, community supported agriculture, restaurants, e-newsletters, social media, community outreach, and public relations.  Specific duties include:

·      Helping with set-up, sales and record-keeping at our market outlets (farmers markets, CSA, restaurants)

·      Coordinating inventory and storage to support market operations, including logging, sorting and prepping vegetables for market

·      Develop media strategies, including e-newsletters, website management, and social media

·      Assist with planning, organizing and hosting Global Growers’ Summer farm events

·      Requirements: must be able to lift 30 lbs and provide own transportation; excellent communication and writing abilities; adept with learning and using web-based applications for website maintenance and database management; familiarity with social media strategies; basic graphic design skills are useful

·      Availability: Saturdays (harvest day), Sundays (packing day), plus 1-2 weekdays for farmers markets and administrative support

 

TO APPLY:

Download application here and submit to Robin (info[at]globalgrowers.net) by April 18