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Temp Food Systems Internship: Southeastern NC

North Carolina State University

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This internship is a component of the Visioning Our Food Future program.

Community members in Bladen, Columbus, and Robeson counties are teaming up with a research and facilitation team from NC State University to create a food system assessment and plan for the region. Through this process community members will identify assets and challenges and prioritize actions that will guide future food system development. Taking the time to go through this process that prioritizes equitable outcomes in food system development.

Over eighteen months, community members across the three counties will provide insight, information, and goals for the local food system. The research and facilitation team will attend and host various events and opportunities to engage with the community to gather and report data and information. This team will create documents, maps, and other supporting resources that will be compiled into an assessment and plan for community members to approve.

This process is community-driven; meaning the community identifies the questions, data, and strategies. The research and facilitation team from NC State University will help guide the process and leverage our resources and knowledge to support the community. Our goal is that this process will support deep community relationships and collaboration and prioritize actions for future food system development that can sustain a thriving local food economy, with equitable access to healthy food for all.

For Summer 2023, we are looking for student interns, interested in agriculture, local food supply chains and food systems, to work at the partnering local food intermediaries to support community-based food system assessment, local food pathways implementation, and evaluation of the Visioning Our Food Future project research.

Food systems intern projects may vary by location. Examples include:
  • Farmer and Consumer survey and interview collection
  • Farmer outreach
  • Food service procurement policies data collection
  • Procurement data collection
  • Distribution routes and logistics
  • Social media and website marketing
  • Online order systems

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Internship Duration and Work Environment
All interns have an anticipated start date of May 22, 2023
All Internships will last approximately 9 weeks (not including holiday weeks) for 40 hrs a week
All internships will be at host locations within Bladen, Columbus, and Robeson counties

Working Business Hours
40 hours per week from May 22 through July 28, 2023 Monday through Friday and weekend work when needed

What Specific Skills and Qualifications Are Required for This Position?
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program at any North Carolina university, college, or community college across the state.
  • Enthusiasm for local foods and a respect for farmers and producers from diverse rural communities
  • Must attend an orientation last week of May 2023.
  • Must have access to a personal computer to conduct work on
  • Must hold a drivers license and have access to transportation to the host site.

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Temp Food Systems Internship: Southeastern NC

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40/hrs per week

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Minimum Experience/Education

  • High school degree required, must be currently enrolled in post-secondary education (community college, 4-year college or University, and graduate degree)

Department Required Skills

  • Enthusiasm for local foods and a respect for farmers and producers from diverse rural communities

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

  • Website design and development using user-friendly website builders with mobile compatible sites with no coding required
  • Experience with Social Media platforms
  • Experience with internet-based graphic design platform
  • Good marketing and communication skills
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn about online sales platforms
  • Preferred experience/study in agriculture, food systems, ag business or economics

Required License or Certification

  • Valid driver’s license

Valid NC Driver's License required?


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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.

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