Join our team and help grow our region’s local food movement. Gain a deeper understanding of how local food systems work, and discover how your personal skills and interests can help local farms thrive and build healthier communities with connections to local food. Develop your skills in marketing, communications, event coordination, photography, farm to school programming, research, and much more. Keep reading to learn about our seasonal, part-time internships, or contact us for more information at [email protected]
How to apply for a internship with ASAP:
Email your resume, a cover letter, and two references or letters of recommendation to [email protected]. 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.
2019 ASAP Internships:
- Photography Intern
- Communications Intern
- Local Food Promotions Intern
8-12 hours weekly (winter, spring, summer, fall)
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.
- 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.
10-12 hours weekly (summer, fall)
The Communications intern will work with ASAP’s events and communications team to lead and assist with a wide variety of media projects. Potential activities include attending and documenting farmers tailgate markets and ASAP or community events; 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 their internship to their specific interests and talents in the area of communications.
- 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/or InDesign experience a plus
Local Food Promotions Intern
10-15 hours weekly (summer, fall)
The Local Food Promotions intern will support programs and initiatives within ASAP’s Local Food Campaign department in the following possible areas:
- Local Food Guide: assist with the production of our Local Food Guide, the premier local food publication of the Southern Appalachians. Help with data management, making calls to local farms and businesses, content and design support, and distribution.
- Appalachian Grown™ Branding and Certification Program – support ASAP’s branding program for local farms and businesses and learn how a local food brand can help identifies products in the marketplace as truly local. Help manage new farm and business applications, conduct product inventories, support outreach and educational initiatives, and assist with material distribution. Learn more about the Appalachian Grown program.
- Asheville City Farmers Market – get involved with ASAP’s weekly farmers market located in downtown and south Asheville. Assist with market operations, special events, and promotions. Learn more about how farmers markets operate and connect with community. Learn more about our Asheville City Market.
- ASAP’s Business of Farming Conference – support ASAP’s annual business and marketing conference for professional farmers held the last weekend of February. Learn more about the Business of Farming Conference.
- ASAP’s Farm Tour – assist with ASAP’s biggest community event of the year that brings 1,500 people to regional farms for a weekend of education and local food connections. Duties may include material assembly and distribution, assistance at farmer trainings, outreach and communications support, weekend of support, and evaluation. Learn more about ASAP’s Farm Tour.
- General program support: responsibilities may include research and administrative tasks, tabling at community events and farmers markets, assisting with ASAP events such as the CSA Fair and Local Food Experience, supporting initiatives at regional farmer’s markets, and assisting with general organizational operations
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Detail oriented and organized
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive
- Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation
- Preferred office or administrative experience
- Interest in local food and agriculture
- Photography skills a plus
Local Food Research Center Intern
We do not have current research openings available. Contact us for more information about getting involved with our Local Food Research Center.