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Looking to gain professional skills, earn academic credit, or build your portfolio? Join the ASAP team and gain valuable skills and experiences while engaging in meaningful work to grow resilient local food communities.

Choose from a variety of professional opportunities in research, education, operations, marketing, communications, and photography. Internships are offered in the spring, fall, and summer. All of our internships are unpaid, and can be applied towards academic credit.

What past interns have enjoyed about working with ASAP:

“I’ve had such a great experience so far! I’ve enjoyed the work and I’m so excited to be learning something new all the time. I look forward to staying involved with ASAP after my internship is over!”

Get involved today! 

Now Hiring: 

  • Spring Operations Intern – immediate start-May
  • Z. Smith Reynold’s Paid Summer Research Internship – application due February 2, details in position description.

Summer internships: The deadline to apply for a summer internships is April 15.

To apply: To apply for an ASAP internship 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.

Special Paid Internship Opportunity – Applications are due February 2

ASAP’s Local Food Research Center is seeking a summer intern through Z. Smith Reynold’s paid Internship Program for a project focused around local ginseng. The intern will receive a stipend of $3200 for an 8-week internship (35-40 hours per week). The deadline to apply is Tuesday, February 2nd by noon. Interested students must be rising rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors enrolled in a four-year college or university and must be Pell grant eligible (or income eligible).

More about the internship:
The research intern will work on a project that will culminate in the development of a marketing plan for newly forming ginseng grower group, Southern Appalachian Ginseng Association (SAGA). Specifically, the intern will gather the information needed to develop the marketing plan. Specific tasks will include assistance:

-Developing survey and interview instruments
-Disseminating surveys
-Conducting interviews
-Analyzing survey and interview data
-Researching other existing ginseng marketing programs
-Developing a report of research findings

To Apply:
Students must apply through the Z. Smith Reynolds program. The application link is here:

The eligibility requirements are here:

Internship Descriptions:

Internship start and end dates can be flexible in some cases. Contact ASAP at to see if the position(s) you are interested in can accommodate your work or academic schedule.

Operations Intern (February-May) (June-August) 
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

Photography Intern (June-August)
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

*Photography applicants are asked to submit photography samples with their application.

North Asheville Market_Crowd (1)Communications Intern (June-August)
12-15 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

Local Food Promotions Intern (June-August)
10-12 hours weekly
The Local Food Promotions intern will support the operations of ASAP’s Local Food Campaign. Specific activities include facilitating ASAP’s Appalachian Grown certification program, conducting general farmer and business outreach, and providing farmers market support as needed. Additionally, the Local Food Promotions intern will assist in the organization, operation, and promotion of ASAP events including the annual Farm Tour. Responsibilities will include research and administrative activities, data entry, tabling at ASAP and community events, and preparing/assembling farmer and program materials.
Qualifications required:

  • 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

Not available to intern right now? Sign up to volunteer with ASAP.

*Intern offerings are subject to change. Check our intern webpage for updates.

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