Middlebury FoodWorks: Louisville is a new, nine-week PAID internship program—with FREE housing—that focuses on the local food economy in Louisville, KY. The program includes four-day/week internships with a company or organization working on developing the local food economy in Louisville, and also offers profound personal engagement among interns, members of the local food sector, Middlebury alumni, and the Greater Louisville community. There are 12 exciting positions now available in city government, microenterprise and economic development, health and nutrition, retail, publishing, with non-profits, AND yes, on farms and in restaurants.
While there are several internships with a traditional focus on food & agriculture and energy & the environment, I’ve chosen to highlight a number of awesome opportunities for those interested in the following career fields: Retail & Merchandising, Communications & Media, Education, Research, Science & Technology, Architecture & Planning, Non-profit, Consulting, and Social Enterprise. If you are interested in this outstanding internship program, head over to MOJO to learn more and apply today—the deadline is March 2!
Food and Farming Microlending Intern at Seed Capital
This Intern will focus on an entrepreneurial approach to developing Louisville’s local food economy by supporting the development of a microlending system between farmers and food entrepreneurs. The intern will help Seed Capital Kentucky define the microlending model to directly connect funding from organizations and individuals to farmers and food entrepreneurs. The intern will also be involved in many other activities related to this startup nonprofit, including planning a TEDx event and developing a local food heroes trading card program for raising awareness of the local food system.
Childhood Obesity and Local Food Access Intern at Louisville Metro Government
This intern will work directly with youth advocates to help them become entrepreneurial agents within their own communities who, through urban agriculture, can increase access to fresh produce in under-served neighborhoods and work to prevent childhood obesity. This health initiative will empower youth and sustain Louisville’s urban agriculture community, while creating opportunities for increased physical activity and healthy eating among Louisville Metro residents.
Food and Agriculture Assistant Educator & Community Organizer at Sustainable Agriculture
As a camp counselor at Sustainable Agriculture’s gardening day camp, this intern will be an instructor in cooking and food, food processing, ecological and agricultural education to Louisville’s diverse urban communities. Additionally, the intern will work with various community partners to support local collective and urban agricultural endeavors—particularly in refugee communities—and provide communications and media assistance to the organization.
Food Hub Development Intern at Seed Capital
The Food Hub Development Intern will be a part of an entrepreneurial approach to developing the city’s local food economy through the establishment of a neighborhood “food hub”—an initiative to showcase local goods and manage food produced regionally for local businesses. Specifically, the intern will coordinate these efforts by working with local government representatives and marketing the local “food hub” to the greater Louisville area.
Magazine Production Intern at Edible Louisville
Dedicated to the local, seasonal food and food traditions in Louisville, Edible Louisville is looking for an intern interested in a career in publishing or writing. The intern will work directly with publisher Steve Makela (a Midd parent) to develop his or her own writing under the guidance of Edible Louisville’s Editor, as well as take the lead on a special project of your choice!
Sustainable Community Garden Design Intern at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
This opportunity focuses on the growing national trend of farmers markets and the increased use and promotion of locally produced foods. The intern will fulfill a variety of research and design opportunities: compiling findings on sustainable solutions for energy and water conservation and soil development, getting hands-on with edible landscape and garden design, and working to develop “hands on workshops” and course curriculum in the fundamentals of sustainable gardening that inspire families, students, and adults to apply the basics of sustainability.