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ASAP runs an extensive internship program throughout the year. Our internship terms are in the fall (August-December), spring (January-May), and summer (June-August), with seasonal opportunities associated with major events and publications. Interns are a vital part of the ASAP team. We offer unpaid internships with the following departments: Local Food Campaign, Growing Minds Farm to School Program, Local Food Research Center, Communications, and Operations.

We are now accepting applications for our Spring 2015 Internships (January 12 – May 22).

To apply:

Email your resume, a cover letter, and two references or letters of recommendation to Please note which internship(s) you are applying for. You may apply for more than one position.  The application deadline for Spring 2015 Internships is Monday, November 10, 2014.

Spring 2015 Internship Opportunities

Local Food Campaign Intern
10-14 hours weekly
The Local Food Campaign intern will assist in the operation of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. Intern activities will focus on support of the Appalachian Grown Program, The Local Food Guide, Business of Farming Conference, and the Get Local campaign. Activities include preparing/assembling materials, data management, research and administrative activities, making phone calls and possible farm visits and outreach at events. Some weekends may be required.  Qualifications required:

  • Interest in promoting local food
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation
  • Photography skills a plus

Growing Minds Intern
10-15 hours weekly
The Growing Minds intern will assist in ASAP’s Farm to School program. Specific activities include lesson plan and resource development, conducting taste tests at local elementary schools, data collection/entry and other office work, and Farm to School program outreach. The interns will develop and gather resources, activities, and recipes featuring local food and farms. We will conduct a background check on the Growing Minds intern. Qualifications Required:

  • Experience working with children
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Photography experience a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation

Communications Intern
12-20 hours weekly
The Communications intern will work with ASAP’s communications team to lead and assist with a wide variety of media projects. Potential activities include attending and documenting farmers tailgate markets weekly, photo and video production and editing; producing and editing press releases, blogs, and other written material; leading social media projects, assisting with website updates and management, data entry, and media archiving. The opportunity exists for the intern to tailor the experience to their specific interests and talents in the area of communications. Qualifications required:

  • Passionate about field of communications/media
  • Strong written and oral communication skills; creative communicator
  • Highly detail oriented and organized
  • Interest in and dedication to promoting local food
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation
  • Photography and video experience a plus
  • Photoshop and InDesign experience helpful

Photography Intern (April – October)
10-12 hours weekly
The Photography intern will work with ASAP’s communications team to document farms and farmers in Western North Carolina, photograph ASAP events, and assist with photo editing and management of ASAP’s picture database. This is an internship for a photographer to gain experience in the field. Specific outcomes will be expected but no technique instruction will be given. Qualifications Required:

  • Advanced student in photography with teacher recommendation or 5 years experience in the field
  • Photoshop retouching skills
  • Excellent oral communication skills
  • Good organizational and photo management skills
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation for travel within 100 miles of Asheville
  • Interest in and dedication to promoting local food

*Applicants are asked to submit photography samples with their application.

Operations Intern
8-10 hours weekly
The Operations intern will work with ASAP’s operations team comprised of the Administrative Director, Finance Manager, and Operations Coordinator to support various projects. This intern will assist with tasks involving financial and grants management, data management, searching and gathering information related to non-profit compliance practices, and other administrative projects. The Operations intern will gain great experience in the day to day inner workings of a nonprofit organization.  Qualifications required:

  • Business or nonprofit management major preferred.
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Drive

Local Food Research Center Intern
8-10 hours weekly
The primary role of the research intern is to assist in the day-to-day implementation and operation of research conducted by ASAP. The intern will specifically help the organization conduct food systems research, analyze survey data, and write summary reports, which will be used to further the development of local food initiatives in other regions of the country. All research involves a good deal of administrative work (e.g. data entry, data cleaning, generation of reports) and thus the research intern should be able to successfully manage details and paperwork. Qualifications required:

  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Experience with quantitative research methods
  • Working knowledge of spreadsheets
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

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