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.

Summer 2024 Internship Applications Now Open!


All internships are open to undergraduate, graduate students, as well as recent grads (within 1 year of graduation)  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. 

To apply, please complete this application.

Position Overview:

The ACA is seeking a temporary remote intern to work an average of 10-15 hours per week for 10 weeks during the Summer 2024 semester (target start date July 1). This opportunity is intended to support historically underserved and underrepresented students who are interested in exploring career pathways in the organic industry through paid internships.

This intern will be supporting our team’s work on improving access to government resources by operations that are certified organic or transitioning to organic. This work may include developing a user-friendly government resource hub for certified and transitioning operations. It may also include refining existing certification materials (such as organic systems plans) to be more accessible and inclusive for all operations. This is part of an overall effort and strategy to identify opportunities for consolidation, streamlining, and increased consistency in written materials used by all certifiers.

View the full description here.  –  APPLICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION IS NOW CLOSED.

Position Overview:

  • Create original promotional materials for ASAN events
  • Social media coordination to increase event turnout and online engagements 
  • Advise on overall communications strategy to increase membership and support for Alabama farmers
  • Support with email, text communications, and potentially CRM recordkeeping

Desired Skills, Qualities, And Experience:  

  • Strong commitment to and enthusiasm for ASAN’s mission, vision, and core beliefs 
  • Experience creating unique images 
  • Experience with online promotion through Facebook, Instagram and email
  • Familiarity with agriculture and growing
  • Experience with increasing engagement and followers through social media
  • Strong self-organizational skills 
  • Attention to detail

View the full description here.

Position Overview:

FOG is seeking a dynamic and motivated Educational Resources Intern to join our team  remotely for an average of 10-15 hours per week for ten weeks during the Summer or Fall of  2024. This internship offers an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in gaining hands on experience in nonprofit or agriculture education and contributing to meaningful projects. 

Goal: Provide applicable and relevant information to consumers and organizations about the  benefits of organic foods and farming practices. Develop informative resources that increase knowledge about organic and sustainable systems. 

Activities may include: 

  • Assist in conducting outreach with 4H and Future Farmers of America programs in Florida and the Southeast to promote organic and sustainable agriculture
  • Developing content for consumers that promotes organic products and farming

  Help create educational content for growing crops and growing conditions in the Southeast

Must reside in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.

View the full description here.

Position Overview:

FOG is seeking a dynamic and motivated Research and Outreach Intern to join our team  remotely for an average of 10-15 hours per week for ten weeks during the Summer or Fall of  2024. This internship offers an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in gaining hands on experience in nonprofit or agriculture communications and contributing to meaningful  projects. 

Goal: Provide applicable and relevant information to farmers about the benefits of organic foods and farming practices. Promote existing resources developed by other organizations such as Organic Farmers Association, Rodale Institute, National Center for Appropriate Technology and others.

Activities may include: 

  • Connecting with non-organic producers to determine their perceptions on organic
  • Performing outreach to obtain information on needs of organic farmers in Florida and the Southeast
  • Assist in the development and implementation of tools to evaluate potential new courses for the Organic Integrity Learning Center

Must reside in Florida, Georgia, Iowa, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South
Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, or Wisconsin.

View the full description here.

The ISU Organic Program is looking for students interested in assisting  with various demonstration projects devoted to organic agriculture and  production as well as the Transitioning to Organic Partnership  Program(TOPP). Students will engage in field work, collecting data, and writing up reports. If internship credits are desired (1-3 credits,  depending on report requirements), please let Dr. Delate know to get signed up.

View the full description here.

This internship focuses on current and future resources needed to support diverse farmers interested in transitioning their farming operations to certified organic. In addition to organic certification guidance, resources may also include information on access to conservation practices relevant for organic production and those transitioning to organic production systems. 

This opportunity is available to Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) participants. This position reports to the Communications Manager.

Areas of Responsibility

Organic Transition Resources

  • Assess Marbleseed created resources for relevance (content and active links/references)
  • Identify needs for additional resources and gaps in current information provided
  • Assist in the development of additional resources as needs are identified via stakeholder input and/or assessment of transition resources Marbleseed currently has; may include translation or interpretation.
  • Occasionally conduct research, and offer support as needed to other teams

Communications and Promotion Support

  • Work with the communications manager to update the Marbleseed website related to Transition to Organic Partnership Program and the Organic Transition Initiative
  • Work with the Communications Manager and TOPP Manager to promote TOPP events as resources including sending them to the National Organic Program website
  • Ensure that MARBLESEED team members leading and attending events have needed resources and materials

View the full description here.

Position Overview
The OFA is seeking a dynamic and motivated Communications Intern to join our team remotely for an average of 10-15 hours per week for 10 weeks during the Summer 2024 semester. This opportunity is intended to support historically underserved and represented students who are interested in exploring career pathways in the organic industry through paid internships. This internship offers an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in gaining hands-on experience in nonprofit or agriculture communications and contributing to meaningful projects.

Goal: Improve outreach to U.S. certified organic farmers about the Organic Farmers Association to increase OFA membership and to build engagement of current OFA members to better participate in the national grassroots policy process and increase knowledge of policy issues.

Activities:

  • Interview organic farmer members and help create written and video content to share organic stories   
  • Create various content for different organic farmer focused audiences and mediums 
  • Help create a management process/system for OFA’s CRM and update member records 
  • Work with cross-functional teams to gather information, stories, and updates for communication materials
  • Help create farmer education content and other OFA TOPP content as assigned 
  • Work on additional outreach to members and potential members to increase membership and engagement among new and transitioning organic farmers

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Position Overview

OFRF is seeking a temporary remote Graduate intern to work an average of 10-15 hours per week for 10 weeks during the Summer 2024 semester (target start date July 1). This opportunity is intended to support historically underserved and underrepresented students that are interested in exploring career pathways in the organic industry through paid internships.

The R&E Intern will support the development of research and educational materials for organic and transitioning-to-organic farmers; support the development of a new online research hub for organic farmers through identifying peer-reviewed relevant research, cataloging existing resources, and reviewing, organizing, and developing resources and outreach materials; and provide assistance on other research and education program work, such as the Farmer-Led Trials Program, as needed. The R&E Intern reports to the R&E Senior Scientist.

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Position Overview

The Organic Farming Research Foundation is seeking a temporary remote intern to work an average of 10-15 hours per week for 10 weeks during the Summer 2024 semester (target start date July 1). This opportunity is intended to support historically underserved and underrepresented students who are interested in exploring career pathways in the organic industry through paid internships.

The Outreach & Engagement Intern will support communications and outreach efforts related to organic farming research and the Transition to Organic Partnership Program; catalog upcoming field days nationwide and create engaging outreach materials to promote these events; support identifying, developing, and disseminating farmer-researcher success stories; research and report on regional activities; and help coordinate a researcher/extension affinity group. This internship may be altered depending on the candidate’s background and interests. The Outreach & Engagement Intern reports to the Communications Director.

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Position Overview

Think Regeneration is seeking an intern to support a regional program in one of the  key markets we serve. The Regional Program Intern will primarily support the active program in  the region in which they live, but may also provide light support on programs in other regions.  The intern should be located in or near one of the following cities for the duration of the internship.  

  • Tucson/Phoenix, Arizona 
  • Denver/Boulder, Colorado 
  • Chicago/Peoria, Illinois 
  • Tulsa/Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 
  • Nashville, Tennessee 
  • Spokane, Washington 

All of our programs support farmers using sustainable agriculture and include mentorship,  workforce development, strategic planning, and economic development. We are seeking someone who is organized, good with details and deadlines, and able to work closely with a variety of partners and stakeholders.

View the full description here.

Responsibilities:

  1. Media Asset Management (wordpress, youtube, etc): (60% Time)
    • Organize, categorize, and maintain media assets including photos, videos, and graphics.
    • Prepare media assets for use in various publications, ensuring they meet quality and format requirements.
    • Collaborate with the communications team to source and manage content.
  2. Event Planning Support: (30% Time)
    • Assist in planning and preparing for regional and smaller technical events.
    • Coordinate event logistics such as venue setup, participant registration, and material distribution.
    • Support the execution of event-related activities, ensuring smooth operations.
  3. General Staff Support (10% Time)

Qualifications:

  • Strong organizational skills with an attention to detail.
  • Proficiency in using media management software and tools.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Interest in organic agriculture and familiarity with NOFA-NY’s mission and programs is a plus.
  • Experience in event planning or media production is preferred but not required.

View full description here.

The intern will work directly with the OSA Educational Specialist , assisting with coordination and hosting of events, both in person and online. This opportunity is intended to support historically underserved and represented students who are interested in exploring career pathways in the organic industry through paid internships.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Support Educational Specialist with outreach, design, implementation and delivery of up to 2 workshop in Organic Seed Production in the Oregon – Washington area preferably for Spanish speakers farmers and farmworkers

Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate student working in social or natural sciences degree interested in organic farming and organic seed production
  • Bilingual in Spanish and English desirable
  • Connections with farming communities 
  • Clear communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and detail oriented 
  • Able to manage work based on goals and deliverables
  • Need to be a resident of Washington State

Compensation: Starting pay is $20 per hour, not to exceed a total of $3,000. Interns are not eligible for benefits. This internship is hybrid, so a reliable internet connection is required when doing remote work. 

View full description here.

The intern will work directly with the OSA Information & Events Associate, assisting with coordination and hosting of events, both in person and online.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
● Assisting with planning sessions for several events focused on organic systems, including:

  • Varietal Showcase hosted by Culinary Breeding Network
  • 50th Tilth Celebration Conference hosted by Oregon Tilth and Tilth Alliance of
    Washington
  • Sagra del Radicchio and Winter Radish hosted by Culinary Breeding Network
  • Organicology hosted by Organically Grown Company

Qualifications
Strong interpersonal skills in email communications, in person and over the phone.
Interest in community building and event coordination
Familiarity with organic farming and USDA’s Organic Standards.
Familiarity with Google workspace tools and Zoom.

Need to be a resident of Washington State.

Compensation: Starting pay is $20 per hour, not to exceed a total of $3,000. Interns are not
eligible for benefits. This internship is hybrid, so a reliable internet connection is required when
doing remote work.

View full description here.

Position Overview
The Intern will work alongside our Service and Support team to help educate potential clients about the application process for organic certification and the other certification services that QCS provides. They will learn to provide technical and administrative assistance to prospective QCS clients to ensure a positive experience throughout the entire certification process. They will keep clients informed of standards updates, changes to certification programs, and opportunities for public comment and will assist in growing QCS client base through sales leads. We are seeking a candidate with great customer service, active listening, and verbal/written communication skills. Intern will facilitate all aspects of the application process for potential and new applicants.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Answer potential client questions about certification requirements, the certification process and status of their applications
  • First point of contact with potential QCS clients
  • Provide application materials to potential clients and first-time applicants
  • Follow up with potential clients through application process 
  • Develop and distribute client notifications regarding regulatory updates, opportunities for public comment, certification program changes, and other topics
  • Link clients with technical resources related to certification
  • Assist Marketing Specialist with organizing organic certification trainings for clients and the general public
  • Collaborate with Marketing Specialists in creation of materials targeting potential clients.
  • Obtain customer service feedback from clients
  • Advise QCS Management regarding client care concerns and innovative ideas for improvement of client care
  • Expand QCS client base through sales leads
  • Answer incoming calls, obtain caller information, document conversation, and direct to appropriate staff.
  • Other duties as required by the manager.

Qualifications:

  • Strong customer service orientation, interpersonal skills and relationship building required.
  • Requires exceptional verbal and written communication and outstanding presentation and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to understand, interpret, and communicate technical aspects of organic processes, regulations, and standards.
  • Ability to research information for multiple sources and identify, collect, and organize data for decision making.
  • Adapts to changing business needs, conditions, and work responsibilities and works with a variety of situations, individuals, groups and varying customer needs.
  • Prioritizes tasks by importance and deadlines and adjusts priorities as situations change.
  • Proficient in MS Office applications and ability to utilize other software programs as needed.

View full description here.

Fall 2024 Internship Applications To Be Announced in July!