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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: Summer and fall interns

We have a rolling deadline for our summer internships and will begin reviewing applications after April 15. 

Our unpaid internships offer flexible hours to accommodate summer classes and job schedules. We believe you will find your time at ASAP to be productive and fulfilling, and that you will leave with valuable professional experience and knowledge of local food promotions.

To apply: To apply for an ASAP internship email your resume, a cover letter, and two references or letters of recommendation to internships@asapconnections.org. Please note which internship(s) you are applying for. You may apply for more than one position.


Internship Descriptions:

Internship start and end dates are sometimes flexible. Inquire for details. 

Operations Intern (Fall only: 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

Photography Intern  (August-October)
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 (Summer: June-August) (Fall: August-December)
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 (Summer: June-August) (Fall: September-December)
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

Growing Minds Intern (Mid-August-December 2016) 
10-15 hours weekly – Must be able to work Fridays
The Growing Minds intern will assist in ASAP’s Farm to School program. Specific activities include assisting with lesson plan and resource development, conducting taste tests at local elementary schools, Farm to School program outreach, and data collection/entry and other office work. The intern will also assist with preparations for the Regional Farm to School Conference and other Farm to School events. The intern must be available the weekend of September 23-24 for the Southeast regional conference.Qualifications Required

  • Experience working with children
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Photography experience a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation

Note: a background check will be performed for all Growing Mind Interns

Growing Minds Taste Test Intern  (Mid-August – December 2016)
5-10 hours weekly – Must be able to work Fridays
The Growing Minds intern will assist in ASAP’s Farm to School taste tests. The intern will also assist with preparations for the Regional Farm to School Conference and other Farm to School events. The intern must be available the weekend of September 23-24 for the Southeast regional conference. Hours will decrease after the September conference. Qualifications Required:

  • kale taste test mills river (4)Experience working with children
  • Detail oriented and organized
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Photography experience a plus
  • Valid driver’s license and transportation,

Note: a background check will be performed for all Growing Mind Interns

 

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

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