Join our team of amazing interns working on the front lines of the local food movement! ASAP Interns are establishing healthier communities and stronger local farms through assisting with farm to school programming, communications, mass media, events coordination, photography, design, research, and much more! If you are excited about developing your skill sets with an organization committed to growing a thriving local food movement, then contact us today! Learn about our seasonal, part-time internships, or contact us with your ideas.
To apply for a internship with ASAP:
Email your resume, a cover letter, and two references or letters of recommendation to [email protected]. Please note which internship(s) you are applying for. You may apply for more than one position. We accept new applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. All internships with ASAP are unpaid but can be applied towards academic credit.
- Photography Intern
- Growing Minds Farm to School Intern
- Communications Intern
- Local Food Promotions Intern
- Local Food Research Center Intern (TBA)
8-12 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. ASAP maintains an extensive digital photographic library of farmers, tailgate markets, and events. We often use portrait, event, and artistic photography for brochures, websites, and displays. This internship is an excellent opportunity to practice your craft and hone your skills. The photography intern will have the opportunity to build a portfolio of farm related images, gain experience with scheduling and executing photography assignments, and play a part in changing the local food system. He or she may also have the opportunity to work on or suggest special projects, as well as exhibit images.
- 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
*Photography applicants are asked to submit photography samples with their application.
Growing Minds Farm to School Intern
10-15 hours weekly, must be available Fridays*
The Growing Minds Intern will assist in ASAP’s Farm to School program by leading local food cafeteria taste tests in Burke County Public Schools. Cafeteria taste tests are events where students are offered small samples of local foods during school lunch hours in the cafeteria. Taste test duties may include shopping for local produce, packing, prepping and clean-up from taste testing events. This position will require training other interns or volunteers to assist with taste tests. Additional hours needed for various project needs which may include but not limited to assisting with teacher trainings, PTO presentations, creating surveys and collecting data. Read a blog from a past intern on doing cafeteria taste tests!
- Experience working with children
- Excellent written and oral communication skills; including the ability to talk to children and get them excited about trying new local foods
- Availability on Fridays from 8 am-3 pm for taste tests
- Valid driver’s license and transportation to Burke County Public Schools
Note: a background check will be performed for all Growing Mind Interns
9-12 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; photo and video production and editing; producing and editing press releases, blogs, and other written material; leading social media projects; and assisting with website management, data entry, and media archiving. Interns are able to tailor the experience to their specific interests and talents in the area of communications.
- 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
Local Food Promotions Intern
10-12 hours weekly
The local food promotions intern will support the operations of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign in the following areas:
- Appalachian Grown certification and branding program for local farms and businesses – including outreach, product inventories, material assembly, and management of new certifications.
- Production of our 2018 Local Food Guide – helping with renewal calls, editing guide content, and communications with farms and businesses.
- Asheville City Farmers Market – special events, promotions, and general market operations.
- 2018 Business of Farming Conference and CSA Fair – assisting with major ASAP event preparations.
- Additional responsibilities will include research and administrative tasks, tabling at ASAP events, and assisting with general ASAP operations.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Detail oriented and organized
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Preferred office or administrative experience
- Interest in local food and agriculture
- Photography skills a plus
Local Food Research Center Intern
Contact us for more information about supporting our research department.