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Internships with ASAP

Internships with ASAP


Join the ASAP intern team! 

Interested in learning more about the inner workings of the local food movement? Get involved with one of the premier organizations in our region supporting local farmers and helping to build a stronger local food system. Whether you’re an aspiring journalist, educator, photographer, or local food advocate, internships with ASAP grow your skills and contribute towards building stronger farms and healthier communities. We offer a variety of part-time internships in the areas of local food research, farm to school programming, communications, local food and farm promotions, farmers market support, photography, and more. 

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. We accept new applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. All internships with ASAP are unpaid but can be applied towards academic credit.

For more information, contact us at We can’t wait to hear from you!

Now hiring Spring and Summer Internships:

  • Local Food Research Center Intern (March-May)
  • Photography Intern 
  • Communications Intern
  • Local Food Promotions Intern

Research Intern (March-May, 2017)
5-10 hours weekly
The research intern will help ASAP’s Local Food Research Center (LFRC) assess the impact of the Appalachian Grown™ (AG) program on farms and businesses throughout the region. Every year, ASAP conducts a survey to better understand the experiences of AG farms and businesses and gather feedback for shaping the program’s future direction. This internship with ASAP supports the administration of the annual AG survey, analyzes survey findings, develops reports, and assists with other LFRC research activities. Interns are able to tailor their experience to their specific interests and talents.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience in survey design and administration
  • Skilled in analyzing qualitative and quantitative data
  • Highly proficient in the use of spreadsheets
  • Excellent writing and communication skills
  • Ability to prioritize and organize tasks efficiently
  • Detail oriented and organized

Photography Intern (summer)
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. 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.

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.

Communications Intern (May–August, 2017)
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 theACM_Tomato Festival_Voting (1) 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  (May–August 2017) 
10-12 hours weeklyInterns 2
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, this intern will assist in the organization, operation, and promotion of ASAP events, including the annual Farm Tour, CSA Fair, and Business of Farming Conference. Responsibilities will include research and administration, 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

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