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Looking to gain professional skills, earn academic credit, or build your portfolio? Interested in strengthening our local food movement? Join the ASAP team and engage in meaningful work that helps us build stronger, more resilient communities.

Internships are offered in the spring, fall, and summer, with the option of extending to longer-term positions.  Choose from a wide variety of exciting offerings including Growing Minds farm to school, communications, web/writing/media, graphic design, local food research, non-profit operations, farmers market promotions, and much more. All of our internships are unpaid, and can be applied towards academic credit.

Fall Internships: deadline to apply is July 15 (positions begin in August or September)

  • Operations Intern
  • Communications Intern
  • Photography Intern
  • Market and Promotions Intern
  • Local Food Research Center Intern
  • Graphic Design & Production Intern (Local Food Guide Intern) – October 2015 – April 2016
  • Growing Minds Farm to School Intern – Position no longer available.  Apply for Winter-Spring (January-May 2016)

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.  Fall applications are due July 15.  New summer applications are being reviewed until positions are filled.

Internship Descriptions:

Photography Intern (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.

Operations Intern (September-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 (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

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 2016) 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


*Intern offerings are  subject to change. Check for any updates.

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