Student Internship and Volunteer Opportunities


    Fall 2022 Student Internship Opportunities


The Center for Agroecology is welcoming interns - *in-person* fall 2022.

Please fill out this sign-up form and join us for a 2- or 5-unit internship (you will select specific days/times in the form; available days/times are listed below) working with:

Center for Agroecology internships are run through the UCSC Environmental Studies Department’s Internship Office. Please read the Internship Office instructions for internship programing carefully, as the Internship Office is the entity that manages all the official enrollment requirements and evaluations.

IF YOU WANT CREDIT FOR THE INTERNSHIP, YOU NEED TO CONTACT THE INTERNSHIP OFFICE AND COMPLETE THEIR REQUIRED STEPS IN ADDITION TO FILLING OUT OUR SIGN-UP FORM.

The Center for Agroecology serves as the Agency Sponsor for internships. You will need to approach an ENVS faculty member to serve as your Faculty Sponsor. The available professors for fall 2022 are: Weixin Cheng, Pallab Sarker, Elliott Campbell, and Brent Haddad.

To learn more about the Center for Agroecology and our mission, please visit our About page.

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Internship descriptions

Chadwick Garden

Located just below Merrill College. Learn basic skills related to organic growing superimposed on the care, shepherding, upkeep of the Chadwick garden. Basic activities revolve around intensive gardening, using raised beds we will look at and engage in a wide range of activities; soil and tillage, direct sowing and transplanting of fall vegetables and flowers, basic fruit tree care, watering, weed, control, crop culture, greenhouse propagation, fertility - compost, cover crops and use of organic fertilizers in an 'idyllic setting'- a biodiverse mixed intensive garden.

Cowell Coffee Shop

Located at Cowell College. A non-transactional student-run cafe in the Basic Needs program, the Cowell Coffee Shop is designed to increase access to healthy, seasonal, and culturally-relevant foods. Interns can work in the kitchen preparing salads, soups, frittatas, tamales, and more from the produce grown on the UCSC farm and by local farmers. Interns may also work downstairs in the cafe serving students, helping with events, creating good vibes, and keeping the place running.

Produce Pop-up

Produce Pop-Up is a twice-weekly, low-cost organic farmstand on campus run by UCSC students and open to the entire community. Interns will assist in all aspects of the farmstand, including sourcing produce from the UCSC farm and the Santa Cruz Farmers' Market, bringing it directly to central locations on campus, marketing and selling the produce, creating and sharing seasonal recipes, and building community through good food. Produce Pop-Ups take place on Wednesdays from 11am-3pm at Quarry Plaza and 1-4pm on Fridays at Porter Quad.

Multi-site

For students interested in interning across multiple sites in a single quarter. Multi-site interns will rotate between the Field, Farm Garden, and Chadwick Garden. Interns may also sign up to support one event led by the Cowell Coffee Shop. Multi-site interns will have the opportunity to engage with crops all the way from planting and harvesting to distribution. The multi-site offering is intended for students that want broader exposure to operational sites and their relative contexts in the campus food system.

  • Field: Located at the base of campus between the Hay Barn and the Village. Interns at the Field will be engaged in a diversified tractor scale production system. This includes seed propagation, transplanting, harvesting, weeding, irrigation, orchard care, and research activities. During the fall internship, time will be spent harvesting produce for our Basic Needs program as well as tending a diversity of summer and fall vegetable crops. You will join a team of farm student staff to keep the field running!
  • Farm Garden: Located at the base of campus between the Hay Barn and the Village. Interns at the Farm Garden will be engaged in caring for a dynamic garden ecosystem with a diverse range of food and flower crops, while exploring food growing and land stewardship practices that support the building of a more equitable food system. Fall activities will include planting overwintering bulbs and transitioning the garden to fall/winter cover crop, weeding, seed saving and processing, pruning and care of perennial crops, while working side by side with our student staff team and professional site managers.
  • Chadwick: Please see description above.