Internships and Other Student Opportunities

    2021-2022 Center for Agroecology Internships

  • Fall 2021 internships are wrapping up and winter 2022 internships will be launching shortly! Check back here for updates and an active internship application link coming soon!  

    Welcome to the Center for Agroecology's Farm, Gardens, Pantries and Kitchens...nourishing our campus food system. Come intern with us!

    The Center manages and supports UCSC campus programs and facilities that focus on hands-on experiential learning in production, distribution and nutritional and culinary operations, as well as research in organic farming and agroecological production practices. All of our work advances our mission of advancing agroecology and equitable food systems through experiential education, participatory research, agricultural extension, and public service. We envision an equitable food system that empowers local communities, builds relationships, and nourishes all people and the environment, and are committed to fostering diversity throughout the Center and equity in access to food, resources, and knowledge.

    We offer in-person, hands-on internships that focus on introductory fieldwork and food systems experiences across our campus sites, prioritizing students’ basic needs for food access. Internship fieldwork focuses on land-based agricultural and horticultural production and post-harvest handling to food distribution through Produce Pop-Ups, and nutritional and culinary preparation and services in the Cowell Coffee Shop. Our sites include the Field, Down Garden, Black Lives Matter Garden, Alan Chadwick Garden (i.e. Up Garden), Pop-Up Produce Markets at Baytree Plaza and Porter College, as well as the Cowell Coffee Shop and the Demeter Seed Library at Oakes College. Students will primariley focus their fieldwork at one of these sites with opportunities to work across sites further outlined in the live application link for each quarter. 

    Come be part of making these operations, which are focused on serving and supporting students, actually work for students, and for you! When you intern with us, you will join a team of students who are all working and learning together and from each other, as well as learning from the land and our Center student staff and professional staff. 

    Our internships are run through the Environmental Studies Department’s “Internship Office” the Center for Agroecology serves as the “Agency Supervisor” for both lower division two and five unit internships. Two unit internships require a total of six hours a week of fieldwork. Five unit internships require a total of 12 hours a week of fieldwork. Our internship fieldwork schedule is offered Monday through Friday (varying each quarter). Depending on class schedules, we can make some accommodations for students who need to leave somewhat early to make a class however, all interns need to be able to start their fieldwork at the scheduled start time, so that the fieldwork introductions can happen together, as a team. 

    The Center for Agroecology is committed to serving underrepresented students and hiring students who are in need of financial support through our educational and employment programs. If you are unable to intern with us this quarter, due to time constraints or scheduling conflicts, please consider volunteering and getting to know the place, people and programming. 

    Student Volunteering: If you want to Volunteer, please fill out the sign-up form and indicate that you want to volunteer. Volunteer days and times are the same as the internship schedule. 

    Student Employment: The Center for Agroecology employs students in leadership positions and pays a minimum of $17/hour, with 25 cent increases, per quarter worked. The Center recruits student staff from internship and volunteer programming, so if you are interested in paid work with us, please come and inform yourself about this work and let the staff get to know you.