Food Studies Program

Internships: For Students

Interested in applying for a Food Studies Internship? Click on the appropriate internship application.

Student Intern Resources

Food Studies Program Internship Overview

The USM Food Studies Internship Program is an intentionally-designed learning experience that integrates knowledge and theory learned in the classroom with practical application and skills development in a food-based professional setting with a host community partner. The Food Studies Internship Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to develop and practice skills such as leadership, entrepreneurship, marketing and finance, policy analysis, advocacy and organizing, and oral and written communication. It also gives students the opportunity to make connections in food-based professional fields being considered for career paths, while giving employers the opportunity to guide and evaluate talent.

All Food Studies internships must take place in Maine and require a minimum of 150 hours worked. Undergraduate interns will earn 3 credits for their internships. Food Studies Program interns are employees of the University of Southern Maine and are paid $18/hour. Are you intern ready? We have a handy checklist for you to see how you stack up.

Winter Hill

Winter Hill Farm, Freeport, ME, Summer 2017; photo by Greta Rybus


Internship Host Sites

"The Food Studies Program has connections to over 50 host sites, and more are added regularly. Contact Lindsey Freeman at to learn more!"


Internship Possibilities

  • non-profit organizations
  • food-based businesses
  • government agency offices (i.e., Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry)
  • food-related advocacy organizations
  • farms
  • community kitchens
  • food policy think-tanks
  • food banks
  • institutional food service entities
  • agritourism companies
  • ... you choose!