Now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Internships

Want to apply? Fill out our application AND email a résumé to the team member indicated below the job description.

Farm Host - Education - Farming - Farm Distribution

 Special Events - Accounting Storytelling & Social Media


Summer Internship Timeline*

(These dates are flexible based on applicants schedule)

May 28th - Intern Orientation

September 3rd - Final Day of Summer Internship


What our program is all about...

Our Internship program has grown and evolved over the past 8 years to become one of our flagship offerings, helping us increase our capacity and complete work here at Veggielution while offering leadership and other job skills to participants. 

We consider interns to be an integral part of the our team, taking responsibility for exciting projects while working collaboratively with staff, volunteers and other interns.

WATCH: Being an intern at Veggielution

STORYTELLING & SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

Veggielution Community Farm strives to integrate the community, especially East San José, in all farm activities, from volunteering at workdays to participating in our educational workshops. Our Marketing Team is the backbone of that effort. The Marketing Interns will support many crucial outreach and education priorities as an integral part of these teams.

This intern will work closely with our Program Manager to develop an outreach strategy and identify key groups for developing stories and creating content for our social media platforms.

Storytelling Duties:

  • Gather stories from staff, community farmers, other interns, and youth garden participants. 
  • Write content for blog and social media posts. Interview community members. 
  • Help with the production of our Farmcast. 
  • Create other stories using photos and/or video.
  •  Help with marketing and promoting our various programs (Farm Box, Sponsored Workdays, etc.) through stories and narratives.

Social Media Duties:

  • Create and Design content for our social media platforms. 
  • Experiment with new social media platforms. 
  • Help create flyers for our programs and special events. 
  • Help write copy for our social media platforms. Work with other interns to help get the whole story 

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Fluency in Spanish, Tagalog, Chinese and/or Vietnamese
  • Knowledge of current issues around food, health, and sustainable agriculture
  • Articulate oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort in talking to groups of people
  • Ability to think outside of the box
  • Experience with blogging
  • Knows her/his way around a #hashtag 
  • Experience with website design
  • Experience with Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, and Linkedin
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission

Schedule:

  • 12 hours per week minimum
  • Your choice between the following times, in 3 hour blocks minimum (Tuesday - Friday 8:00am-4:30pm)
  • Attend workdays twice per month over the course of the internship, included in hours requirement. 

Ready to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:

Emily Schwing, Program Manager: emilys@veggielution.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Friday, May 13th 


EDUCATION INTERN

(3 positions available)

Veggielution’s weekly Youth Garden activities are a key part of our mission. The Education Team engages youth and families in hands-on, garden-based environmental and nutrition education. Education interns will work closely with the Youth Garden Educator, as well as other staff and interns to help maintain the Youth Garden and facilitate fun, educational activities.

This internship would be ideal for anyone with an interest in working with youth, families, environmental education, health and nutrition education, and sustainable gardening. We are looking for positive individuals who work well collaborating with others, yet are self-motivated and can work independently. Education interns will be instrumental in helping to steward the Youth Garden, gaining experiences in developing and leading activities for adults and youth, learning and utilizing sustainable gardening practices, and community organizing.

The valuable experiences gained through this internship will especially complement studies in child and adolescent development, education, nutrition, and sociology. This internship would be ideal for someone seeking experience in the nonprofit or education fields.

Duties:

  • Help to maintain the Youth Garden during the week (e.g. weeding, watering, composting, worm bin).
  • Help design and lead Youth Garden family activities on Saturdays
  • Work on special projects, e.g., developing activities, seeking donations, assisting with fundraisers, organizing workshops, etc.
  • Collaborate with the Outreach Team to outreach for our educational programs
  • Lead Farm Tours for small and large groups.
  • Attend Education Team meetings and other meetings relevant to your duties

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Experience with working with youth
  • Basic gardening experience
  • Bilingual ability (Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese) -- Not required
  • Knowledge of current issues around food, health, and sustainable agriculture
  • Articulate oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort in talking to groups of people
  • Experience in leading activities/lessons with groups of up to 20
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission

Schedule:

  • 8 hours per week minimum
  • 1 weekday morning - Education Team will work on Youth Garden maintenance.
  • Saturdays (9-1:30pm) - Education Team will host Youth Garden activities and help with the potluck clean-up.
  • Additional flexible hours on Tu, W, Th, or F 9:00am-5:00pm - Special projects (see “Duties”, above)

Ready to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:

Jen Aguilar, Youth Garden Educator: jena@veggielution.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Friday, May 13th 


FARM HOST INTERN

The Farm Host Team has quite a job on Saturdays as the welcome committee and steward to an average of 50 visitors. As a Farm Host intern, you will collaborate with the Community Engagement Coordinator and other interns to get volunteers excited about what we do at Veggielution!

In this position, you will be asked to think creatively and test bold ideas. The Farm Host role is instrumental in ensuring that everyone feels comfortable and welcomed on the farm. We are seeking an individual who is positive, a willing leader, and self-motivated. 

The valuable experiences gained through this internship will complement interest in education, management, or communication. This internship would be ideal for someone seeking experience in nonprofits or agriculture.

Activities:

  • Host Saturday Workdays on the farm 
  • Contribute to program planning for Saturdays on the farm
  • Assist with Community Farmer management and appreciation
  • Lead Community Farmer orientation on Saturdays
  • Contribute to, and facilitate surveys to improve volunteer program and experience 
  • Oversee and promote community potluck lunch (after Saturday workday)

The Ideal Candidate for this position has:

  • Knowledge and passion around food, health, and sustainable agriculture
  • Articulate and comfortable communicating with diverse peoples
  • English and Spanish proficiency strongly desired (Other helpful languages: Vietnamese)
  • Enjoys playing the ‘host’ role
  • Volunteer or large group management experience
  • Basic computer literacy, using programs such as EventBrite, SquareSpace, Google drive, Microsoft Excel, and iPad apps
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Organization, thoughtfulness, and a positive attitude

Schedule:

  • This position requires availability on Saturdays from 8:30am­2:00pm
  • Your choice between the following times, in 3 hour blocks minimum (Tuesday - Friday (8:00am­ to 4:30pm)
  • Attend workdays twice per month over the course of the internship, included in hour requirement.
  • Summer 2016: 10 hours per week commitment

Farm Host intern will receive:

  • Veggielution t­-shirt
  • Free veggies
  • Mentorship and experience in volunteer management, event and program planning, database management, and more.
  • Freedom to explore personal interests and test ideas

Ready to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:

Dana Shinners, Community Engagement Coordinator: danas@veggielution.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Friday, May 13th


FARM DISTRIBUTION INTERN

(2 positions available)

Interns are an integral part of the Veggielution farm crew, providing essential support to staff throughout the year in almost every area of the farm operation. As a part of our team, you will have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on farming experience as well as a deeper understanding of urban agriculture, community engagement, and the non-profit sphere. We are looking for candidates with a strong work ethic, sense of self-motivation, and commitment to Veggielution’s work and mission.

Distribution Interns work directly with the Farm Manager to coordinate harvest workdays, assist with the management of the Farm Box CSA program, and staff the weekly on-site Farm Stand and Farm Box pick-ups. You will work in a collaborative, team environment as part of the farm crew, facilitating other volunteers at the farm, and working with staff to strengthen daily farm operations. You will be responsible for assisting with all aspects of produce distribution, including record keeping, harvest planning, vegetable sales, and volunteer facilitation.

Duties:

  • Attend one or both of the harvest workdays (Tues and Fri 8:30am-12:30pm)
  • Set up and staff Farm Stand (Saturday 9am-2:30pm) or Tuesday Farm Box pick-up (1-6:30pm)
  • Work 1 afternoon per week to accomplish administrative tasks including data entry and other record-keeping
  • Work a minimum of 12 hours per week
  • Work quickly and efficiently during harvest workdays
  • Ensure maintenance of produce quality standards during post-harvest processing
  • Provide excellent customer service at on-site Farm Stand and Farm Box pick-ups
  • Facilitate groups of 2-10 volunteers during workdays

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Bilingual ability (Spanish, Vietnamese)
  • Articulate oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort facilitating groups of people
  • Excellent customer service
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission
  • Some experience with gardening or farming
  • Retail experience, preferably grocery/food service/farmer's market
  • Organizational skills, attention to detail, reliability

Ready to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:

Colleen Hotchkiss, Farm Manager: colleenh@veggielution.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Friday, May 13th


FARMING INTERN

(5 positions available)

Interns are an integral part of the Veggielution farm crew, providing essential support to staff throughout the year in almost every area of the farm operation. As a part of our team, you will have the unique opportunity to gain hands-on farming experience as well as a deeper understanding of urban agriculture, community engagement, and the non-profit sphere. We are looking for candidates with a strong work ethic, sense of self-motivation, and commitment to Veggielution’s work and mission.

Farm Interns report directly to the Farm Manager and work closely with the other two farm crew staff to complete a wide variety of farm tasks including bed preparation, seeding and transplanting, weeding, pruning, harvesting, greenhouse propagation, chicken care, and irrigation systems maintenance. You will work in a collaborative, team environment as part of the farm crew, facilitating other volunteers at the farm, and working with staff to strengthen daily farm operations. You will be responsible for completing daily farm chores on a rotational schedule, and will be encouraged to select an area of focus within the farm operation (chickens, orchard, compost, native plants).

Duties:

  • Complete daily farm chores based on a weekly rotation
  • Work quickly and efficiently on a variety of farm tasks including bed preparation, composting, seeding, transplanting, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, trellising, harvesting, etc.
  • Select an area of focus within the farm and work closely with farm crew staff and other interns to strengthen operations within that area
  • Welcome volunteers to the farm and communicate Veggielution’s history and mission
  • Facilitate groups of 2-10 volunteers during workdays

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Articulate oral and written communication skills
  • Comfort facilitating groups of people
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission
  • Some experience with gardening, farming, or landscaping
  • Reliability and a strong sense of self-motivation
  • Bilingual ability is a plus (Spanish, Vietnamese)    

Schedule:

  • Minimum 12 hours per week
  • Attend at least 3 workdays per week (Tuesday-Friday 8:30am-12:30pm, Saturday 9-2)
  • We encourage Farm Interns to attend Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday workdays in particular
  • Additional afternoon hours to complete project-based work in your focus area can be arranged with the Farm Manager (optional)

Ready to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:

Colleen Hotchkiss, Farm Manager: colleenh@veggielution.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Friday, May 13th


ACCOUNTING INTERN

Gain experience in nonprofit accounting through an internship with Veggielution! Veggielution is seeking a summer Accounting Intern to assist the Executive Director and Finance Committee with all aspects of bookkeeping and financial reporting at our organization.  

Veggielution connects people through food and farming to create a more sustainable food system in San Jose. We engage residents throughout Silicon Valley with a special emphasis on fostering community engagement in the low-income, working immigrant community of East San Jose. We believe that through shared conversations and experiences, healthy food and outdoor learning, Veggielution can help to build social capital in East San Jose by strengthening diverse and multicultural social networks.  

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the not-for-profit sector and gain knowledge of a small business financial management system. The Accounting Intern will report directly to the Executive Director to assist with various day-to-day responsibilities.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with accounts payables and receivables
  • Assist with gathering documents needed for grant reports
  • Assist with preparing spreadsheets and financial analysis
  • Maintain merchandise inventory records
  • Assist in preparing weekly bank deposits as needed
  • Update program budget-to-actual documents for staff and board
  • Assist with filing and other general office tasks
  • Prepare cash flow analysis for Finance Committee and Board
  • Process individual and business donor information
  • Process credit card donations
  • Prepare donation invoices
  • Collect receipts for corporate credit cards
  • Assist with accounting for Veggielution’s summer fundraising event, Bounty of Heart’s Delight
  • Complete special projects and other assignments requested by the Executive Director

Qualifications:

  • Proactive work ethic, self directed
  • Preferably currently pursuing a degree or certificate in Finance or Accounting
  • Excellent attention to detail, writing and time management skills
  • Excellent arithmetic skills
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently, but as an effective member of a team
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Knowledge of Quickbooks extremely helpful but not required
  • Conversational Spanish and/or Vietnamese language ability highly preferred

Schedule:

  • Minimum requirement of 8 hours per week
  • Schedule can be flexible with hours between 9AM-5PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Farm workdays twice per month over the course of the internship, included in hours requirement (click here to see workday schedule)
  • This is an unpaid internship. When applicable, Veggielution will work with schools to provide course credit. One position available.  

Ready to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:

Cayce Hill, Executive Director: cayceh@veggielution.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Friday, May 13th 


SPECIAL EVENTS INTERN

Veggielution is seeking a summer Special Events Intern to assist with our annual fundraising dinner, Bounty of Heart’s Delight. Our signature fundraising event, Bounty of Heart’s Delight raises funds that support our education and leadership development programs.  

Veggielution connects people through food and farming to create a more sustainable food system in San Jose. We engage residents throughout Silicon Valley with a special emphasis on fostering community engagement in the low-income, working immigrant community of East San Jose. We believe that through shared conversations and experiences, healthy food and outdoor learning, Veggielution can help to build social capital in East San Jose by strengthening diverse and multicultural social networks.  

This internship is an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the not-for-profit sector, as well as develop above-entry-level skills. Candidates interested in special event planning, fundraising, and nonprofit administration are encouraged to apply. You will work closely with the Executive Director, assisting with vital behind the scenes work, including donor development, event planning, and program evaluation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Aid in recruitment of volunteers.
  • Lead the communication and coordination of all details for event volunteers.
  • Assist in the recruitment and management of volunteers for summer fundraiser.
  • Track and record volunteer involvement.
  • Create program to recognize and reward volunteers.
  • Assist Executive Director in phone and email communication with dinner attendees, event sponsors, and volunteers.
  • Work closely with the Event Committee to execute all aspects of the event.
  • Provide data entry and administrative support where needed. 

Qualifications:

  • Excellent writing, research, communication and telephone skills
  • Previous event planning or volunteer management experience preferred
  • Proactive work ethic, self directed
  • Strong time-management, organizational, research and interpersonal skills a must
  • Ability to self-motivate and stay on task
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and Google Drive, as well as strong ability to learn additional software platforms
  • Conversational Spanish and/or Vietnamese language ability highly preferred

Schedule:

  • Minimum requirement of 8 hours per week
  • Schedule can be flexible with hours between 9AM-5PM Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
  • Candidates must be available to work at 2016 Bounty of Heart’s Delight event on Saturday, August 27, 2016.
  • Farm workdays twice per month over the course of the internship, included in hours requirement (click here to see workday schedule).
  • This is an unpaid internship. When applicable, Veggielution will work with schools to provide course credit. One position available.  

Ready to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:

Cayce Hill, Executive Director: cayceh@veggielution.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Friday, May 13th 

 
 

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