Our Internship program has grown and evolved over the past 5 years to become one of our flagship programs. Our internships are a way that we increase our capacity to serve the community and complete work here at Veggielution. It is also an effective program to develop leadership and job skills in those who participate.

Interns are an integral part of the Veggielution team, taking responsibility for exciting projects and working collaboratively with staff and other interns. We emphasize open communication, innovation, and taking personal responsibility for our own success. We are looking for self-motivated people who are ready to become a major part of our farm community. We are currently offering a 9 month-long internship, which begins September 2014 and runs through May 2015.

Meet our current interns to see what they are excited about!

   

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 Internships- Apply Now!

These positions will start in late September and run through late May. There are a variety of internship options, and we will work with you to tailor your internship to meet your specific skills and needs. We want you to learn and grow as you contribute to the work of this organization. Positions are open to adults and youth. High school students who are entering 10th grade or above are welcome to apply.

The internship will include a dialogue-based workshop series that will cover topics such as nonprofit finance and marketing, sustainable agriculture, and social and environmental issues related to our current food system, such as taking a critical look at food sovereignty. Additional farming and gardening trainings will be made available to interns as well.

Time Commitment: Each internship has specific time requirements. We also require all interns to attend the orientation and dialogue-based trainings (dates listed below). There will also farming and gardening-based trainings throughout the internship that all interns are welcomed to participate in (dates to be announced).

Compensation: This is an unpaid internship. In return for your effort, you will receive free farm produce, class credit (if applicable), and at the end of your service, job references or a letter of recommendation. These valuable experiences complement many areas of study, and prepare interns for work in the nonprofit and public relations fields.

 

Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 Available Internships

Farming Internship

Outreach and Marketing Internship

Education Internship

Administrative Internship

Farm Distribution Internship *NEW*

Native and Edible Landscaping Internship *NEW*

 

Important Dates For All Fall 2014 - Spring 2015 Positions

Fall - Spring Internship: September 27, 2014 - May 30, 2015 (32 weeks)

Application due date: Monday, Sept. 15th

Interviews: Sept. 16th-20th, or earlier

Position Notifications: No later than Tuesday, Sept. 23rd

Orientation: Saturday, Sept. 27th at 1:30pm

Dialogue-Based Trainings: Saturdays, 1:30-3:30pm: Oct. 11th, Nov. 8th, Dec. 13th, Jan. 10th, April 11th, May 9th


Farming Internship

(6-10 positions available)

Farm interns have become an integral part of the Veggielution crew, and each season we bring on a small cadre of bright and motivated individuals to participate in this unique program. We want people who are ready for strenuous physical labor, who have a very strong work ethic and a passion for the work we are doing here at the farm.

Farming interns will gain valuable experience in sustainable farming techniques such as greenhouse production, irrigation, planting, harvesting, chicken raising, and best of all weed and fertility management. You will learn to care for many crop varieties with the farm crew and experience urban farming at its best. You will work in a collaborative, team environment, facilitating other volunteers at the farm, and working with staff to strengthen daily farm operations. You will be responsible for helping with workday planning, record keeping, and leading small groups of volunteers during workdays. 

Duties:

  • Lead tours of the farm for individuals and groups
  • Work quickly and efficiently on a variety of farm tasks including: soil preparation, composting, seeding, transplanting, weeding, fertilizing, pruning, trellising, harvesting, packing, construction, and other activities
  • Facilitate groups of 2-10 volunteers during workdays

There are many projects you will be able to take leadership in, such as:

  • Facilitating Spanish-speaking groups
  • Farm Planning / Record Keeping / Data Entry
  • Maintaining our worm composting system
  • Managing Greenhouse Operations
  • Helping with our onsite Farm Stand
  • Facilitating donations to soup kitchens and other community groups
  • Native plant propagation / Native Hedgerow expansion and maintenance

We are looking for those with:

  • Bilingual ability (Spanish, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Chinese)
  • Articulate oral communication skills
  • Comfort in talking to groups of people
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission
  • Some experience with landscaping, gardening, farming and/or construction

Schedule:

  • 12 hours per week minimum
  • Work at least 3 workdays per week, must attend entire workday (click here to see workday schedule)
    • Please plan to work as many Saturday workdays as possible

Want to Apply?
Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:
Will Chen, Farm Manager: willc@veggielution.org 

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Outreach and Marketing Internship

(4 positions available)

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 Outreach and Education Teams are the backbone of that effort. The Outreach and Marketing Intern will support many crucial outreach and education priorities as an integral part of these teams.

This internship would be ideal for anyone with an interest in community organizing, public speaking, education, cooking, and sustainable farming. The intern will work closely with our staff and Silicon Valley HealthCorps members to develop an outreach strategy and identify key groups for outreach activities such as tabling and presentations.

Duties:

  • Table at public events and make presentations to groups, introducing people to Veggielution’s workdays, mission, and programs and recruiting volunteers
  • Distribute flyers promoting Workdays, Youth Garden Activities, and other programs
  • Assist in planning special events (Bike to the Farm Day, Documentary Screenings, Volunteer Appreciation Events)
  • Help with marketing and promoting our various programs (Farm Box, Sponsored Workdays, etc.)
  • Help track volunteer hours in data management system
  • Attend staff meetings and other meetings relevant to your duties

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
  • Experience planning events
  • Experience with community organizing
  • 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 9:00am-5:00pm

  • Attend at least 5 workdays over the course of the internship, included in hours requirement (click here to see workday schedule)

Want to Apply?
Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:
Mark Medeiros, Association Director: mark@veggielution.org 

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Education Internship

(4 positions available)

Our educational programs at the farm are a key part of Veggielution’s mission. These programs include our adult Cooking Matters classes, Youth Garden family activities, Aptitud School Garden, farm field trips, and workshops. Education interns will work closely with the Education Director, HealthCorps Youth Educator, as well as other staff and interns.

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 an instrumental part to our educational programs’ growth and development, gaining experiences in developing and leading activities for adults and youth, learning and utilizing sustainable gardening practices, and community organizing.

The valuable experiences you will gain in this internship complement studies in child and adolescent development, education, nutrition, and sociology. This internship will also prepare interns for work in the nonprofit and education fields.

Duties:

  • Help to maintain the Youth Garden, and lead Youth Garden family activities
  • Lead farm field trip station activities
  • Possibly assist with school garden lessons, activities, events, and maintenance
  • Work on special projects, e.g., writing lessons, developing activities, seeking donations, assisting with fundraisers, organizing workshops, etc.
  • Collaborate with the Outreach Team to outreach for our educational programs
  • Attend Ed 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 group of up to 20
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission

Schedule:

  • 12 hours per week minimum
  • Your choice between the following times:
    • Tuesday - Friday 9:00am-5:00pm
    • Please plan to work as many Saturday workdays as possible
  • Attend at least 3 workdays per month, included in hours requirement (click here to see workday schedule)

Want to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:
Monica Benavides, Education Director: monicalisa@veggielution.org

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Administrative Internship

(3 positions available) 

Want to get to know the backbone of what it takes to run a non-profit? Get to know the inner workings and big picture of how it all happens. This intern will work closely with the Executive Director, assisting with vital behind the scenes work, like program evaluation, donor development, event planning, and more.

This internship is ideal for someone who wants to start their own non-profit in the future, and/or wants to learn about organizational development and management.

Activities include:

  • Attend at least 4 farm workdays during the course of the program
  • Become familiar with Veggielution mission and goals
  • Assist in planning special events
  • Assist with donor and volunteer appreciation
  • Help track volunteer hours in volunteer management system
  • Help track donors in donor management system
  • Assist in planning and implementing fundraising campaigns
  • Complete an individual project

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Knowledge of current issues around food, health, and sustainable agriculture
  • Articulate oral and written communication skills
  • Understanding of basic computer programs such as Word and Excel
  • Attention to detail
  • Capability to work independently
  • Creative problem solving skills
  • Organization, thoughtfulness, and a positive attitude
  • Experience planning events
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission

Schedule:

  • 8 hours per week minimum
  • Your choice between the following times, in 3 hour blocks minimum
    • Tuesday - Friday 9:00am-5:30pm
  • Attend at least 5 workdays over the course of the internship, included in hours requirement (click here to see workday schedule)

Want to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:
Amie Frisch, Executive Director:  amie@veggielution.org 

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Farm Distribution Internship

(1 position available)

Farm interns have become an integral part of the Veggielution crew, and each season we bring on a small cadre of bright and motivated individuals to participate in this unique program. The Farm Distribution Internship is a new addition to our existing team of farm interns. We want people who are ready for strenuous physical labor, who have a very strong work ethic and a passion for the work we are doing here at the farm.

The Distribution intern will work directly with the Distribution Manager to coordinate harvest workdays, assist with the management of the Farm Box CSA program, and staff the weekly on-site Farm Stand. 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:

  • 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
  • Facilitate groups of 2-10 volunteers during workdays

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Bilingual ability (Spanish)
  • 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     

Schedule:

  • 12 hours per week minimum
    • Set up and staff Farm Stand with Distribution Manager (Saturday 8:30am-2:30pm)
    • Attend one or both of the harvest workdays (Tues and Fri 8:30am-12:30pm)
    • Work 1 afternoon per week to accomplish administrative tasks including data entry and other record-keeping

Want to Apply?

Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:
Colleen Hotchkiss, Distribution Manager: colleenh@veggielution.org 

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

Native and Edible Landscaping Internship

(1 position available)

Work with local gardening expert Cayce Hill to install and maintain landscaping around the farm. Current and planned projects include installing a pick-your-own herb garden in front of the Farm Stand, and installing attractive and useful plants around the "Village" area of the farm. You will work directly with Cayce on Thursday mornings, then continue to implement the projects with volunteers throughout the week. 

This internship is well suited for someone with an interest in permaculture, landscape/garden design, and/or botany. 

Duties:

  • Learn all aspects of landscaping projects
  • Help plan new landscaping projects
  • Facilitate groups of 2-8 volunteers

The ideal candidate for this position has:

  • Articulate oral communication skills
  • Comfort in talking to groups of people
  • Enthusiasm and passion for Veggielution’s mission
  • Gardening, farming, and/or landscaping experience

Schedule:

  • 12 hours per week minimum, including:
    • Thursdays 8:30a-12:30p
    • 2 additional workdays per week, must attend entire workday (click here to see workday schedule)
      • Please plan to attend as many Saturday workdays as possible

Want to Apply?
Click here to fill out the application form, and email your resume to:
Will Chen, Farm Manager: willc@veggielution.org 

DEADLINE TO APPLY – Monday, Sept. 15, 2014

 
 

Interning at Veggielution