Summer 2018 Internship Opportunities

Help us grow a healthy community as a summer intern at The Farm at St. Joe’s!

Picking kaleInterns will have the opportunity to learn about the intersection of health, agriculture, and sustainability in a truly unique environment. We should also mention that you’ll enjoy tons of fresh vegetables and many hours outside under the warm summer sun!

We are seeking interns to fill the three positions below. If interested, please send a cover letter and resume to Lauren.Moscoe@stjoeshealth.org on or before Friday, March 2, 2018. Please include your start and end date availability in your cover letter. Interns must have completed at least one year of college or equivalent.

1. Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Internship

CSA distribution

CSA distribution and teaching about vegetables at Parkridge Community Center

The Farm coordinates a collaborative CSA program, which sources fruits and vegetables from local farms, including our own, and provides weekly bags of produce to over 100 participants. Participants include staff from St. Joe’s Ann Arbor hospital, as well as community members. A section of the program targets families experiencing food insecurity, and weekly CSA share distribution includes educational components related to food preparation and nutrition. 

Roles for the 2018 Summer CSA Intern include the following:

  • Write weekly newsletters for CSA participants
  • Be the primary contact for communication with CSA participants
  • Lead groups of volunteers in CSA share bag packing
  • Develop recipes that incorporate farm produce, prepare recipes, and offer samples during CSA share distributions
  • Develop and implement supplemental educational offerings for CSA participants (e.g., cooking classes, gardening classes)
  • Develop and implement assessments to determine effectiveness of CSA program
  • Participate in general farm work (e.g., planting, weeding, harvesting)
  • …and other roles depending on the intersection of the Intern’s interests and Farm’s needs

Time period: Flexible start and end date, mid-May through August preferred, with opportunity to continue into fall

Hours: Four full (approximately 8-hour) days per week

2. Farming Internship

Picking tomatoes

Interns will pick (and eat!) lots of cherry tomatoes

The Farm uses sustainable agricultural practices to produce a diverse array of vegetables year-round in our three hoop houses and outdoor space. Vegetables are sold at our hospital farmers market, distributed through our CSA program, provided to patients at numerous clinics, and served in the hospital cafeteria. 

Roles for the 2018 Farming Intern include the following:

  • Work closely with Farm Manager in all aspects of sustainable vegetable production
  • Lead volunteer workdays
  • Establish and create systems to communicate standardized operating procedures (e.g., vegetable washing procedure, kale bunching procedure)
  • Improve The Farm’s compost system and investigate opportunities for composting waste from neighboring institutions
  • Develop recipes that incorporate farm produce, prepare recipes, and offer samples at the farmers market
  • Coordinate partnerships with, and develop educational materials for, hospital clinics that receive weekly vegetable donations
  • …and other roles depending on the intersection of the Intern’s interests and Farm’s needs

Time period: Flexible start and end date, mid-May through August preferred, with opportunity to continue into fall

Hours: Four full (approximately 8-hour) days per week

3. Youth Education Internship

Accessible

So many unique learning opportunities, like in our clinically accessible hoop house

Position description is under development. For more information, please contact Laura.Meisler@stjoeshealth.org

 

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