Summer Internship with Food for All

by | Feb 5, 2019

At Trellis for Tomorrow we are crazy about this world. Bonkers. Nuts. And not just about this planet, but everybody who lives on it, too. We want to see it last, and even get better, which is why we are working hard to get people to think about—or rethink— their relationship with the environment and with each other, and to shift the focus toward fresh, innovative and creative solutions for our most pressing challenges.

We are working to flip the script on the unsustainable practices and systems in our society which are contributing toward a damaged environment and limited possibilities for growth, to breathe fresh life into the conversation about our future, and we need your help!

Trellis for Tomorrow is now accepting applications for our 2019 summer internship program. Space is limited and reserved for daring, enthusiastic, creative, forward-thinking, bold, hopeful, passionate community-minded individuals who aren’t afraid to go the extra mile, get their hands dirty and/or lead by example. It also helps if you believe: a) this world is worth saving, b) it can be saved and c) you might have unrealized superpowers to help save it (just kidding….or are we?).

This internship will provide selected applicants with valuable exposure to many of our programs, and meaningful opportunities for hands-on work in support of Food for All (FFA), an innovative community program to address food insecurity in our region. Join in the decision-making process and implementation of new solutions for a more localized food system for the 21st century! Inspire and mentor the next generation of leaders, policy-makers, home-gardeners, farmers and educated consumers of nutrient-dense foods! Apply today!

Specific projects and responsibilities will be dictated by the skills and interests of the candidates accepted into the program, but some of the opportunities could include the following:

• Developing promotional materials to cultivate and support program partnerships
• Assisting in the curation of online content to promote the FFA program and activities
• Attending high-level meetings with program partners
• Working together with FFA program director in garden builds, plantings and site visits to provide guidance for continued success within the program
• Delivering curriculum to young program participants on a working organic farm
• Preparing and distributing program surveys and evaluations to measure program impact
• Assist with the scheduling and installation of new raised beds on location
• Providing guidance to any volunteers or other participants supporting the program

In addition to the above listed responsibilities, each FFA intern will be assigned a special project to develop and manage to completion over the course of their internship.

Why apply for an internship with Trellis?
We strive to provide a diversified, engaging and rewarding summer experience for our interns. 2019 summer interns will:

• Experience hands-on work in program delivery and partner-client development,
• Receive valuable education and growth opportunities in community engagement, leadership development,
• Learn best practices in high-yield organic gardening and farming,
• Gain experience in youth mentorship, entrepreneurship, sustainability and corporate social responsibility.

There will be ample opportunity to collaborate and share information, tactics, etc. with other interns and members of the Trellis team throughout the internship

Applicants will be expected to be able to work independently based on direction and weekly feedback sessions. A good work ethic, excellent communication and organizational skills, and attention to detail, are required. Priority will be given to rising juniors and above. Majors or minors in Public Health, Environmental Studies, Nutrition, Sustainability Studies or some experience with farming, gardening, or food systems is a plus. We also have a unique internship opportunity for applicants with a major/minor in Communications/Marketing.

Location and Hours
The Trellis FFA internship program runs from May through August, and interns are expected to commit to a regular weekly schedule. Most internships are unpaid, but a local transportation stipend will be provided. Part-time internships require a minimum commitment of 20 workdays over the course of the program. Please do not apply for short-term internship of only a few weeks. The Trellis for Tomorrow office is currently based in Exton, PA, but will potentially be moving to Phoenixville prior to or during the summer. Some work will be office-based, but a majority will be in the field. Interns should provide their own transportation and will be reimbursed for mileage.

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume to by 5 p.m. on February 28, 2019.

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