Organic Career Network

Organic Career Network

On a broad level, entry into the agriculture industry often begins with post-secondary education, where future producers, traders, and leaders are created. Research has shown that Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students are severely underrepresented in agriculture and agricultural education (Hartmann & Martin, 2021). While diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) continues to be a topic of conversation across the workforce, the development of support throughout the career pipeline has been slow and inconsistent.

A critical piece to increasing diversity in the organic sector includes supporting the exploration of career opportunities in the industry. In order to support these efforts, OFA has created the Organic Career Network (OCN) which connects organic organizations to historically underserved and represented students who are interested in exploring career pathways in the organic industry. The OCN aims to provide students with the opportunity to get hands-on experience with organic certification, inspection, and farmer education organizations and agencies.

In recognition that navigating higher education and career exploration can be an isolating experience for students new to the process, OCN is designed as a cohort model to foster a sense of community among students across their internship placements. The cohort will meet monthly with OFA project lead, Ryann Monteiro.

Spring 2024 Internship Hosts


All internships are open to undergraduate and graduate students unless otherwise noted.

Please review each internship description linked below for full details (including whether it is a remote or hybrid opportunity) and application instructions.

Across all internships, starting pay is $15 per hour for undergraduate interns and $18 for graduate interns, not to exceed a total of $2,250/undergraduate or $2,700/graduate per semester. Interns are not eligible for benefits. 

The Land Connection is currently seeking one (1) part-time intern for the Spring 2024 semester to work 10-15 hours per week, not to exceed 150 hours.

Position Overview:

The Farmer Training Intern is a position at The Land Connection designed to assist the Farmer Training Coordinators in the planning, execution, and outreach of IDEA Farm Network events during 2024. This position will specifically support programmatic work related to organic curious, organic transitioning, and newly certified organic farmers.

This is a part time internship with an expected time commitment of 10-15 hours per week, not to exceed 150 hours.

View the full description here: Farmer Training Intern

 Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association

OEFFA is currently seeking one (1) part-time intern for the Spring 2024 semester to work 10-15 hours per week, not to exceed 150 hours.

Position Overview:

Our intern will be assisting our Sustainable Ag Educators and Program Director in managing the TOPP mentorship program. They will be interfacing with mentor/mentee pairs, helping to guide them to the proper training resources, inputting data into our CRM system, and assisting with event planning for farm tours and field days. 

View the full description here: TOPP Membership Intern

QCS is currently seeking one (1) remote intern for the Spring 2024 semester:

To support the initiatives of The Organic Farmers Association, this opportunity is available to Black, Indigenous, and BIPOC participants.

To Apply 

Please indicate on your application if you are attending a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), or 1994 Land Grant Institution. Enrollment in one of these institution types is not required.

Send a cover letter and resume to meredith@qcsinfo.org by January 31, 2024.

OFRF is currently seeking one (1) remote intern for the Spring 2024 semester:

To Apply 

Submit your complete packet with “Partnerships & Comms Intern” in the subject line via email to jobs@ofrf.org. Applications will be accepted u

ntil the position is filled.

  • A one-page cover letter stating your interest and qualifications 
  • A resume outlining your skills and experience

Please visit www.ofrf.org to learn more.

OFA is currently seeking three (3) part-time interns for the Spring 2024 semester to work 10-15 hours per week, not to exceed 150 hours.

 

 

To Apply: Please refer to the full internship descriptions for specific application instructions for each internship.

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