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Join the ASAP team today! Get involved in our work to help local farms thrive, build healthier communities, and create a strong and resilient local food movement. Interns will gain skills and knowledge to become effective local food advocates,  and gain professional skills  in the areas of operations, research, Farm to School, farmer’s market promotions, event coordination, photography, and much more. We currently offer unpaid internships in the fall, spring, and summer. 

Summer Internship Openings: Now hiring (positions start in May or June) 

  • Growing Minds @ Market Intern
  • Operations Intern
  • Photography Intern
  • Communications Intern
  • Market and Promotions Intern
  • Farm Tour Communications Intern
  • Farm Tour Videographer

Fall Internships: deadline to apply is July 20

  • Growing Minds Farm to School Intern
  • Operations Intern
  • Communications Intern
  • Market and Promotions Intern
  • Local Food Research Center Intern
  • Local Food Guide and Graphic Design & Production Intern

To apply:

Email your resume, a cover letter, and two references or letters of recommendation to internships@nullasapconnections.org. Please note which internship(s) you are applying for. You may apply for more than one position.  We are currently accepting and reviewing summer applications as they are received. We will accept new applications until each position has been filled.  Any applications received after a position has been filled will be kept on file for future positions. Filled positions will be indicated on our website.

Summer and Fall Internship Descriptions:

Photography Intern (May-September) (September-December)
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.

Growing Minds @ Market Intern (Late May-August)
10-15 hours weekly
The Growing Minds @ Market (GM@M) intern will be responsible for running the GM@M farmers market childrens activity series Saturday mornings at the Asheville City Market. Responsibilities include preparing and leading local food and farm activities at the market, community partner outreach, and supporting Growing Minds work in the office. We will conduct a background check on the GM@M intern. Qualifications Required:

  • Experience working with childrenkale taste test mills river (4)
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and google drive
  • Photography experience and/or craft experience a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation
  • Availability on Saturday mornings June-August

Operations Intern (Late May-August) (August-December)
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

Communications Intern (May-August) (August-December)
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

Market and Promotions Intern (June – August) (August-December) 
10-20 hours weekly
The Market and Promotions intern will support the operations of ASAP’s Asheville City Market and Local Food Campaign. The intern will provide operational support for both the Saturday and Wednesday farmers markets including assisting with market set-up, breakdown; participating in marketing and promotional planning; and engaging customers in fun, promotional activities. The market and promotions intern will also support ASAP’s Appalachian Grown certification program, Get Local Initiative (a program that highlights area restaurants that purchase from local farms), and general farmer outreach. Responsibilities will include research and administrative activities, data entry, tabling at ASAP and community events, preparing/assembling farmer and program materials, event support (Farm Tour, conferences, fairs). 2-3 Saturdays/month will be required. Qualifications required:

  • Able to work 2-3 Saturday mornings/month
  • Enthusiasm for customer engagement
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; creative communicator
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
  • Photography skills a plus

Farm Tour_2014_RL_volunteers (4)Farm Tour Communications Intern (June-early October)
10-12 hours weekly
The Farm Tour intern will work with ASAP’s Local Food Campaign and Communications departments to promote and coordinate ASAP’s Farm Tour Weekend. ASAP’s Farm Tour, held in late September, draws over 2,500 visitors, making it the biggest agritourism event in the region. Potential intern activities include creating promotional event materials such as tour maps and posters, producing and editing press releases, blogs, and other written material; conducting interviews with participating farms, recruiting Farm Tour volunteers; material assembly, data entry, and general event management. Qualifications required:

  • Interest in and dedication to promoting local food
  • Passionate about field of communications/media
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; creative communicator
  • Highly detailed and organized
  • Preferred InDesign
  • Photography skills a bonus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Local Food Research Center Intern – (September-December)
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, and generation of reports) and thus the research intern should be able to successfully manage details and paperwork. Qualifications required:

  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Ability to translate scholarly language into simplified lay terms
  • Highly detail oriented and organized
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Docs
  • Interest in and dedication to promoting local food

*Research applicants are asked to submit a writing sample with their application

 Farm Tour Videographer  (June-October) 
8-12 hours weekly

ASAP seeks an intern who will create a series of fun, engaging videos about ASAP’s Farm Tour. ASAP’s Farm Tour, held in late September, draws over 2,500 visitors, making it the biggest agritourism event in the region. The videos would be used to promote the Farm Tour through social media, ASAP’s website, and YouTube to encourage people to participate in the tour. ASAP has video footage and photographs from previous tours that can be utilized with opportunities to interview farmers before the tour, culminating in shooting over ASAP’s 2015 Farm Tour weekend. Our hope is to have a good overview video to use to promote future Farm Tours. Qualifications required:

  • Interest in and dedication to promoting local food
  • Highly detailed and organized
  • Experience in video photography and editing (ASAP has Movie Studio Platinum software)
  • Photography skills a bonus
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation

Local Food Guide and Graphic Design & Production Intern (October-April) IMG_1498
12-14 hours weekly

The Local Food Guide intern will work with ASAP’s Local Food Campaign Director and Art Coordinator to support the production and distribution of our annual regional publication, the Local Food Guide. Potential activities include editing and formatting guide content, images, and advertisements; conducting renewal phone calls to farms and businesses, and assisting with guide distribution. Qualifications required:

  • InDesign production skills
  • Photoshop retouching skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Precision and attention to detail
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive
  • Interest in and dedication to promoting local food
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation
  • Photography experience a plus


Growing Minds Farm to School Intern – Fall 2015
TBD – contact internships@nullasapconnections.org for more details.

*Position offerings are sometimes subject to change. Check asapconnections.org for any updates.

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