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Food Systems Internship Program

The Food Systems Internship Program places UVM students in high quality food system internships where they can make a meaningful contribution to Vermont businesses and organizations while building essential knowledge and career skills for their future.

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This episode of Across the Fence goes to Boundbrook Farm where two students learned about the interdependence between rice and ducks in an agricultural model unusual for Vermont.

Examples of past internships

  • Garden Education Intern at the Vermont Community Garden Network
  • Farmer & Educator Intern at Common Roots Growing Gardens
  • Outreach and Events Intern at the Intervale Center
  • Agronomy Research Field Intern at UVM Extension
  • Permaculture Farm Business Research Intern at Bright Blue Design
  • Direct Marketing & Community Food Security Intern at NOFA-VT
  • Ag Development Intern at the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets
  • Statehouse Advocacy Intern at Rural Vermont

Scroll through the stories below to read about some intern experiences...

  • Ducks swim among the rice at Boundbrook FarmInterns: Bella Maidoff, junior Environmental Studies major and Food Systems minor; Elise Schumacher, sophomore Food Systems major and Soil Science minor

    Host: Boundbrook Farm

    Boundbrook Farm is not your average Vermont farm. Yes, there are rolling hills, barns, and tractors, but the livestock (ducks) and main crop (rice) are unusual.

    “Rice and ducks have been managed together in various ways going back about 3,000 years,” says Boundbrook owner Erik Andrus. “This is a modern version.” After struggling to grow other grains on his Ferrisburgh property, he learned about Japanese farmers who were growing rice in climates similar to Vermont. He planted his first rice paddy in 2010 and hasn’t looked back.

    Bella Maidoff and Elise Schumacher spent their summer internship learning the ins and outs of rice paddy management, from planting rice seedlings and caring for ducklings to basic carpentry. “Usually, we would work directly with Erik, feeding the ducklings in the morning then doing manual labor throughout the day,” says Bella. “One week, we worked for several hours on constructing duck hutches; another we were training and then riding on the Japanese transplanting machines.”

     

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Read more about Food Systems Internships:
Taste-Testing a Career
A Summer of Food Entrepreneurship

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Contact

Matt Myers, Program Coordinator
Matthew.Myers@uvm.edu
802.656.0304, 866.622.2990

For Students: How to Get an Internship

The Food Systems Intern Program is happy to assist students in finding high quality internship experiences. In accordance with the UVM Internship Policy, students can do internships for credit, not for credit, for pay, not for pay, or any combination of these.  Yet, if a student seeks to do an internship credit, or to fulfill a particular departmental requirement, they should consult their department directly for how best to arrange for credit.

If you are a UVM student interested in gaining experience in the field of food systems, contact Matt Myers or stop by the Career + Experience Hub on the first floor of the Davis Center.

As part of your application process, you will complete a brief interest and experience survey so we understand your specific food system interests, experience, skills, and knowledge. You will then meet with Matt to examine possible internship placements with an eye towards crafting the best match between intern and work site. Students from any program or discipline are eligible to apply.

Note for NFS and DNFS students: Any internships that you want to count toward major requirements MUST go through the NFS Internship advisor, Marcia Bristow (Marcia.Bristow@uvm.edu).

For Host Sites: How to Get an Intern

Prior to the placement of an intern, the UVM Food Systems Intern Coordinator will reach out to work sites to help them identify and define projects and tasks that will be helpful to meet work site objectives and valuable for UVM student intern learning. If you are interested in being considered as a host site, please contact Matt Myers.