Internships, Gardening the Community, Springfield, MA

ABOUT GARDENING THE COMMUNITY (www.gardeningthecommunity.org)

Gardening the Community (GTC) is a grassroots food justice and youth development program based in Springfield, MA.  We work to build healthy and equitable communities through organizing to change the local food system, urban agriculture, and youth leadership development. (www.gtcspringfield.org) Our work is focused in the Mason Square neighborhood of Springfield which is a food desert and has suffered greatly from structural racism and disinvestment.  We are seeking interns to work with us this fall and also continuing through the spring.  All internships will entail work in Springfield as well as work remotely.  Transportation to our Springfield office and sites will be needed.  We would be very excited to find a student interested in working with us over 2 semesters or longer.  The internships are unpaid and are generally 5 - 10 hours/week.

Development/Event Management Interns (2)

Interns will work with Development staff to organize GTC’s Fall Harvest Celebration (pancake breakfast) and fall appeal which is the organization’s big end of year fundraising drive.  Responsibilities will include data entry and management, communications/visibility work, sponsorship solicitation, mailing coordination, and event management tasks.

Community Engagement Intern

Assist GTC staff and youth promotions team with community engagement efforts including organizing presentations, flyering, tabling etc to get the word out about GTC’s  mission and markets.

Farm Intern (s)

Help manage GTC’s urban farm sites with activities including bed preparation, harvesting, seeding, mulching, putting the gardens to bed for the winter, etc.  Work will be outside and hands on in all weather conditions and may involve heavy lifting and manual labor.

Market and Wholesale Management Intern

Assist with tasks involving GTC’s community markets, Farm Share program and wholesale operation, including harvesting, sales, market set up and break down, data entry, and administrative tasks associated with the markets.

Research Intern: Urban Agriculture

Research topics such as beekeeping and mushroom cultivation and help develop plans and locate resources for implementation.

Research Intern: Neighborhood History and Community Impact

Research former use and history  of GTC farm sites and the neighborhoods around them, including property values and community impact of GTC work.

For more information, contact Ariana Williams at 413.335.9027.  To apply, send your resume and a letter of interest to Ari at ariforgtcspfld@gmail.com  Internships are generally 12-13 weeks and will begin in early September and go through early December.