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Slow Food USA offers internships year-round to current undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates. The internships follow three cycles: Fall, Spring and Summer, located in the national office in Brooklyn, NY. Start and end dates are flexible, although typically our Fall internships begin in September, our Spring internships begin in January, and Summer internships in June. A minimum 15 hours per week is required for all cycles. Fall and Spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit. Any available internships are listed here.

School Gardens Intern

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Slow Food USA seeks a motivated, energetic School Garden Intern to join and support our efforts to change the food system in the United States. The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail and strong enthusiasm for our work.

Slow Food USA is a national nonprofit with a small staff based in Brooklyn, NY and over 200 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program is currently run from Denver, CO. The School Garden Intern will assist with developing and supporting Slow Food USA's network of over 200 local and campus chapters in their efforts to support school garden projects in their communities. The successful intern for this position can work out of either the Brooklyn or Denver offices.

Responsibilities include:
  • Assist chapters with collecting data via surveys or phone interviews
  • Help to develop and maintain resources on our Web page
  • Help maintain school garden contact databases
  • Help coordinate on-line orders of school garden materials from our website
  • Help develop a monthly newsletter for school garden leaders
  • Conduct a survey of Slow Food chapters to determine their level of school garden activities
Qualifications:

Required:

  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Creativity and willingness to take initiative
  • Strong communication, phone and writing skills
  • Experience managing and analyzing data, with attention to detail
  • Knowledgeable of food and farming issues
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system

Start Date: ASAP

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit. This internship is to provide general office support for the chapters that we are engaged in. This internship is not a research-based project. Please send cover letter and resume to Andrew Nowak, Director, National School Garden Program at Andrew@slowfoodusa.org. Position open until filled.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Slow Meat Intern

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The Slow Meat Event Intern will assist in the organization, communication, and execution of our Slow Meat event in June. He or she will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of the industrial meat industry and alternative models, conference planning, culinary event planning, advocacy, and public outreach. This position will connect the intern with a network of thought leaders, ranchers, farmers, policy makers, chefs, activists, educators and more from across the food movement.

Responsibilities include:
  • Attend and record outcomes of meeting with the even planning team and steering committee
  • Copy edit text for use online or in print publication
  • Understand and communicate event logistics for speakers and attendees, including those traveling internationally
  • Create and compile information on speakers and delegates to Slow Meat
  • Oversee creation of event collateral such as banners, signage, etc.
  • Attendance at the Slow Meat event in Denver, June 4 – 6
  • Assist in analyzing the outcomes of the event
  • Assist in documenting the lessons learned following the completion of the event
Qualifications:

Required:

  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience or interest in grassroots advocacy.
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Basic comfort level in Microsoft Office and related applications.

Desirable:

  • Graphic design skills.
  • Comfortable with social media platforms.
  • Hands-on experience in agriculture, livestock husbandry, farmers markets, and/or the culinary field.
  • Experience in customer service and/or event planning.
  • Working knowledge of Spanish and/or Italian.

Start Date: April 13, 2015 (the position will remain open until filled)

End Date: June 22, 2015

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required, and more may be possible. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.
Please send cover letter and resume to Megan Larmer (megan@slowfoodusa.org) with “Slow Meat Internship” in the subject line.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


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