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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 $14/hour. Are you intern ready? We have a handy checklist for you to see how you stack up.
Winter Hill Farm, Freeport, ME, Summer 2017; photo by Greta Rybus
Internship Host Sites to Date
- Big Tree Hospitality
- Congresswoman Chellie Pingree's Office
- Cooperative Extension in Cumberland County
- Cultivating Community
- Cumberland County Food Security Council
- Farmers' Gate Market
- Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine
- Greater Portland Council of Governments
- Maine Campus Compact
- Maine Farmland Trust
- Maine Federation of Farmers' Markets
- Maine Hunger Initiative
- New Roots Cooperative Farm
- Portland Food Co-op
- Portland Public Schools' Central Kitchen
- Preble Street Resource Center
- Quality Control Collaboratory at the University of Southern Maine
- St. Mary's Nutrition Center
- Sanford Farmers' Market
- The Locker Project
- Wolfe's Neck Farm
- non-profit organizations
- food-based businesses
- government agency offices (i.e., Department of Agriculture, Conservation, and Forestry)
- food-related advocacy organizations
- community kitchens
- food policy think-tanks
- food banks
- institutional food service entities
- agritourism companies
- ... you choose!
Interested in applying? Click on the appropriate internship application.
- Roles and Responsibilties of the Student Intern
- How to Write a Great Learning Agreement
- Biweekly Journal Instructions and Template and Biweekly Journal Sample
- Internship Workplan: Word version, PDF version
- Internship Presentation Instructions
- Internship Presentation Prep
- University of Southern Maine's Photo, Video, and Testimonial Release Form
(submit to Lisa Marie Lindenschmidt, Food Studies Program Administrative Specialist)
- Student Internship Evaluation Form