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Internships with the Sustainable Agriculture Project
*Internship opportunities this season are CANCELED and will only resume once face-to-face classes resume.*
First, we believe all SAP internships are a wonderful opportunity for GVSU students to try new things, learn, and put their skills to the test. We diligently encourage students to have conviction and confidence in the ideas that they develop during their internship. Then, students are able to put those ideas into action. Whether a student has an idea for research or a creative idea that they believe will improve the SAP, our internships encourage exploration and imagination.
Second, we understand that student schedules can vary greatly due to classes and even employment, and we will work to help the right candidates with a flexible schedule. However, we do ask that you are willing to actively participate in developing a mutually beneficial schedule.
Finally, an internship with the SAP requires balancing a number of responsibilities, for example, directing volunteers, keeping production records, and physical labor. It is a great opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing small-scale farming and exploring sustainable agriculture. Though previous experience with growing food and working with others is helpful, it is not required.
See below for specific information on available internships.
Please note: If you do not see an internship position that interests you, but you would still like to intern with the SAP - we would be happy to work with you to develop a unique internship that suits your interests!
Click above to apply to any of our internships!
The application is for both academic and farm crew positions.
These are our academic internship opportunities. Each position is filled on a rolling basis beginning in January 2018. Click on each position for more details:
- Art Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Community Outreach Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Compost Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Data Analysis Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Event Planning Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Floral Production Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Food Access Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Green Chemistry Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Photography/Videography Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Social Media Internship (Currently accepting applications)
- Structure and Tools Internship (Currently accepting applications)
Farm Crew Internships
These are our current farm crew internship opportunities. Click on each position for more information:
- Market Manager Internship (Currently filled, but we will keep qualified applicants on file for future consideration)
- Permaculture Internship (Currently filled, but we will keep qualified applicants on file for future consideration)
- Plant Production Internship (Currently filled, but we will keep qualified applicants on file for future consideration)
- Soil and Water Internship (Currently filled, but we will keep qualified applicants on file for future consideration)
Differences between Academic and Farm Crew Internships:
- Academic internships are for-credit. These interns have specific academic objectives depending upon their area(s) of expertise. Each internship description has examples of academic research and objectives that are possible with the internship.
- Academic interns may occasionally help with farm duties, but their main focus is to achieve specific academic objectives.
Farm Crew Internships
- Farm crew interns will specialize in a specific role on the farm and take charge of that role. Farm crew interns are also responsible for the completion of all general farm duties, including:
- Transplanting, weeding, and harvesting produce
- Fence construction and maintenance
- Cutting flowers
- Pest control
- Miscellaneous other tasks
- Farm crew interns are paid. Their pay is supported by sales of the produce grown and are expected to demonstrate having more experience with agriculture compared to academic internships.
- While the farm crew internships have more structure through specific roles, there is flexibility in the special projects that can be pursued.
Interns often take home free veggies as a token of our appreciation!
"One thing I believe profoundly: We make our own history. The course of history is directed by the choices we make and our choices grow out of the ideas, the beliefs, the values, the dreams of the people. It is not so much the powerful leaders that determine our destiny as the much more powerful influence of the combined voices of the people themselves."
- Eleanor Roosevelt, Tomorrow Is Now (1963), 4
Like Eleanor Roosevelt, we believe that your ideas, values, and dreams can bloom to have a powerful impact in the world. We hope that you consider making part of your history through an internship with the SAP.
Veggies from the SAP!