FoodChain has a wide variety of intern opportunities for students. We would love to supplement your educational experience with real hands on work on our farm, developing curriculum, or learning the ins and outs of running and fundraising for a small nonprofit! In order to intern with us, we ask that you plan out a project for your time here that has accomplishable goals given the time frame of your internship and fits well within the frame of FoodChain’s mission and needs.
To apply, please fill out the form found when you click Apply and send us a cover letter and resume. We look forward to working with you!
The indoor aquaponics farm will accept interns who are interested in growing and maintaining the FoodChain farm. This could include work in expanding the output of our farm, including new ways to sell what we produce (e.g., restaurants or CSA), or working with our brackish shrimp program to grow aquaculture marketing in Central Kentucky and/or design an aquaponic component for the shrimp system. This internship may have opportunities for in person work as well as virtual research and promotions work.
The Processing Kitchen will accept interns interested in creating marketing initiatives around the locally processed products coming out of FoodChain’s Processing Kitchen. This can be for 1) mobile meals 2) lightly processed local fruit and vegetables. Intern(s) would create materials to advertise to institutional buyers, organizations who contract catering, as well as direct consumers.
Farm to School Internship
FoodChain’s Farm to School internship program offers people interested in local food and garden education the chance to gain experience working with an innovative local nonprofit. Interns work in collaboration with FoodChain and the Fayette County Farm to School Council to support Farm to School events, outreach, and programming for students in grades K-12. This year this includes developing virtual content and lessons to support the goals of Farm to School, focusing primarily on local agriculture, nutrition, and science activities for classrooms, school gardens, and Farm to School events. There is also an opportunity to work with teachers and students in school gardens, another goal of Farm to School. This position allows collaboration with representatives of many different organizations and encourages development of new ideas in relation to Farm to School.
Fundraising & Promotions Internship
FoodChain’s Fundraising/Promotions internship is a good fit for the student who’s interested in working with nonprofit communications to help FoodChain effectively promote our work and assist in raising critical funds and awareness to sustain our efforts and our diverse programs. This work is both outward facing (working to educate the public on what we do) as well as development geared. Work in this internship will include efforts with the Executive Director, Development team, Communications staff, and others, to help plan and promote for public fundraising efforts, mostly digital and crowd-sourced in nature, though it could include revenue generating sales as well, including mission-themed holiday items. The right candidate has experience with some design basics, social media, and some photography/videography experience. This position will also allow the intern to learn of the mixed methods used for nonprofit funding, including some basics is nonprofit accounting and development planning. The majority of this internship will be conducted virtually.
Media Education Internship
FoodChain’s Media Education internship is designed for a student who’s got experience with video production and design for educational purposes. This position will work with our Education & Community Outreach Director, Farm Manager, and other key FoodChain staff, to help prepare and disseminate virtual instructional videos to provide broader education from our existing operations. This includes helping to refine and complete a virtual farm tour video of our Indoor Aquaponics Farm, as well as planned cooking demonstrations and more. The right candidate will have familiarity with and access to video editing software, and possibly video equipment. There is lots of room in this internship for creativity and new ideas to help provide distance learning centered around local, fresh food to youth and adults alike. This internship will take place virtually.
Farm, Education, & Outreach Internship
This internship is a good fit for the applicant who is both passionate about sustainable and urban agriculture as well as youth education. Working in partnership with the Farm Manager and our Community Education & Outreach Director, this position will work to source funding opportunities, community partnerships, and program design to help get agricultural education from our farm out to the general public. This is a good opportunity for a self-starting intern who wants to craft much of their own to do list. The majority of this internship will be conducted virtually, though there is room for some in person work, especially around FoodChain’s aquaponics farm.