Internships

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We are now accepting internship applications for 2020 spring semester. Please feel free to apply at any point by emailing intervalefoodhub@intervale.org.

spring 2020 Internship Description 

Please note that interns are expected to fulfill all of their hours, be timely, and work hard to improve the food system with our staff! 

Founded in 2008, the Intervale Food Hub is a social enterprise of the Intervale Center. The Intervale Food Hub offers a direct-to-consumer year-round market, with community drop-off locations in the Burlington area, serving individuals and families, including local college students. Through the hub, we are bringing better food to more people, meeting the needs of local producers, respecting the planet, and building food system resilience. In addition, the Intervale Food Hub has recently initiated wholesale services as an approved vendor to Sodexo at the University of Vermont. Working with nearly 40 Vermont producers using organic, humane and sustainable production methods, the business maintains a commitment to transparency and traceability.

  • Position: Intervale Food Hub Intern

  • Reports to: Assigned IFH staff member

  • Status: Unpaid intern, part-time, 10-12 hours/week. Credit offered.

  • Position Length: January 20 through May 1, 2020 with a break for Spring Recess

  • Position Hours: Flexible around course schedule but must be maintained every week and between 8am and 3pm.

  • Number of positions hired: 4

Internship Description

This 14 week internship will begin with a one week orientation in which all interns will be briefed on general protocol, from cleanliness standards to brand language, as well as typical weekly schedules of the Food Hub, from packing and delivery to customer service and communication.

Interns will be able to work solely within Operations & Logistics or Marketing & Communications fields, or choose to work in both fields. The Operations aspect of the Food Hub will focus on packing, inventory management, facility maintenance, and data entry/analysis. Marketing & Communications will focus on recipe development, content creation, and customer service. Interns will leave the Food Hub with a comprehensive understanding of how our small business functions. “Why” questions are highly encouraged!

Operations & Logistics

  • Packing: Interns will assist our operations team in weekly order fulfillment, packing baskets with fresh local food each week. Quality assurance and produce identification skills will be learned.

  • Inventory Management: Interns will take inventory on fresh, frozen, and shelf-stable items. Accurate record keeping skills will be learned.

  • Facility Maintenance: Interns will ensure the cleanliness of packaging, tools, and facilities. Food safety protocols and standards will be learned.

  • Data Entry/Analysis: Interns will enter and analyze time sheets to monitor efficiency in pack out, cleaning, and delivery. Logistical assessment and standards will be learned.

 

Marketing & Communications

  • Community Outreach: Interns will engage in traditional outreach techniques, ranging from tabling to canvassing to phone surveys, to learn how to best represent the Food Hub in our community.

  • Customer Service: Interns will enter and analyze customer feedback information to monitor errors and queries in a timely manner.

  • Content Creation: Interns will create promotional and educational videos and/or podcasts relating to food and/or farming.

  • Recipe Development: Interns will create and cook weekly recipes using food from our baskets, as well as film and edit cooking instructional videos to be circulated on our digital media platforms.

 

Qualifications

  • Passion and knowledge of fresh, local food

  • Self-motivated, personable, and able to work both independently and as a team

  • Strong organization, communication, and time management skills

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Positive attitude and perseverance under pressure

  • Any relevant experience in the aforementioned description should be included in cover letter

How to apply:

Please send a cover letter, current resume, and three references to reid@intervale.org by December 18, 2019. Applications will be received and processed on a rolling basis. Questions? Call 802-660-0440 x 111

FAQs:

  • Is this internship paid? Interns are currently only able to be compensated with college credit. Interns are given a 20% discount on a Food Hub share of their choosing, and can also use their hours towards a working member discount at City Market.

  • Do I have to go to a specific college? Nope! Folks from all over are encouraged to apply to the Food Hub internships. Although this internship is geared towards college students, you do not have to be currently enrolled in a university to apply.

  • Is housing provided? Housing is not provided by the Intervale Food Hub.

  • Do I need a car? No, but you do need reliable transportation. Whether that’s your own two feet, a bike, carpooling, the bus, or a vehicle, you are expected to arrive at the Food Hub on time to start your shift, no matter the weather.

  • Do I need to fill all of the hours? Interns are expected to stick with their schedule throughout the summer and fulfill all of their hours. If you have expected schedule conflicts, please let us know in your application, as we can be more flexible if we are forewarned.

  • Do I need to have food or farming experience? No, although any fast-paced experience in the food service or agriculture worlds are very useful and should be outlined in your application and/or resume.

  • What if I have another job/internship? That’s fine. Just make sure that you have at least one morning or afternoon free Mon-Fri.

  • Is the Food Hub ADA Compliant? Yes. Our Food Hub and office are handicap accessible and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

  • Who will I be spending my time with? There will be four interns throughout the fall in addition to our three staff members. To learn more about who we are, please visit our staff page.

  • I still have questions. What do I do now? Call us at 802-660-0440 x 111 from 8-4 M-F, or email reid@intervale.org. We want to hear from you!