Real Time Farms (LLC) is a social enterprise that aims to bring transparency to our food system. (Help make it happen!) Our online local food guide helps consumers learn where their food comes from, whether eating in or eating out.
Food Warriors Summer Internship Program
We are looking for a 2011 cohort of interns from Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, Boulder, and across the state of Michigan.
- Experiential education of our regional food webs, particularly how our food is grown and sourced. By talking to growers and food artisans themselves, interns will gain a deep understanding of food production practices.
- Train future leaders in the growing local food movement.
- Map your local food web (farms, food artisans, farmers markets, and locally-sourcing restaurants).
- Capture excitement and involvement of young people passionate about bringing transparency to our food system.
- Give students a voice in the evolution of Real Time Farms.
- Collect and document growing practices and images from your region’s local farms. Learn about the complexities and nuances of farming practices in your area. This information will be used on Real Time Farms.
- Collect farmer interviews for the site (written, audio, video) and/or blog.
- Document relationships between farms, farmers markets, and restaurants in your region.
- Write regularly for the RTF blog. Interns will have the freedom to write about topics that excite them related to their region’s local food system (e.g. interviews with local farmers, chefs, food system movers and shakers, food artisans, etc.)
- Live in the greater Los Angeles, New York City, Seattle, or Boulder areas, or in the state of Michigan
- Available 15-20 hours per week – this is an unpaid internship with the possibility of receiving college credit
- Currently enrolled college student
- Available mid-May through mid-August (dates flexible)
- Available weekly for a Skype group meeting with cohort and Real Time Farms Intern Director (time and day TBD)
Application Process: Due Feb. 16, 2011
Complete and submit three essay questions below to Real Time Farms Intern Director, Lindsay Partridge, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Why do you want to intern for Real Time Farms?
- Why is it important for you to know about where your food comes from?
- Prepare a sample blog post on a related topic of your choosing (Be creative! Feel free to add photos!)
Any questions? Comments? Feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Notice of acceptance will be sent by March 1, 2010
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Please include Hawaii in this study. Hawaii has a very unique food system that could benefit greatly from a comprehensive food system study/analysis and there are many groups doing very inspiring work around food and agriculture that are eager to engage.
Thanks for the suggestion Cherub, we’ll consider that for the next round of Food Warrior Interns, we’d love to have more coverage of Hawaii! Real Time Farms is crowd-sourced, so everyone can contribute photos and add or edit profiles for farms, food artisans and farmers markets near them!
Just found out about realtimefarms.com and this internship program interested me as a faculty member at the University of Illinois. We have many students majoring in agricultural communications who would love a chance to participate in this internship program. I’ll keep a watch on your Facebook for next year’s announcement and hoping you can soon incorporate our state. In the meantime, I’ll inform my students about this site and the opportunity to contribute content. This is an interesting and unique endeavor!
Thanks so much for your interest in the Food Warriors Internship Program! It’s great to know there would be interest in Illinois if we have the resources to host interns there in the future. If students would like more information on how to contribute to this online food guide without being a formal intern, I would be happy to answer their questions and offer some guidance. Feel free to pass along my email address to interested students. Thank you!