Empower youth. Build community. Be the change.
Roots Rising Internships Available
Roots Rising is seeking two Williams College interns this summer- an Education Intern and a Media
Roots Rising empowers youth and builds community through food and farming. Our vision is to lift up
teenagers as community changemakers and strengthen the local food system
through the transformational power of meaningful work.
We have two main initiatives: our Pittsfield Farmers Market, which was founded with the belief that
everyone should have access to healthy food, and our Youth Crews, where we hire Pittsfield teens to
work on farms, in food pantries and at our own farmers market. These Crews are more than just jobs.
They’re an opportunity to engage in meaningful work, leaving youth feeling purposeful,
capable and connected.
The Education and Media Intern will work with Summer Farm Crew. They will be responsible for
leading and being a mentor for our Crew of twelve teens. The Education Intern will
take a direct role in implementing the youth development components of our Crew,
including facilitating check-in circles, games, and teaching workshops (based on skills and
experience). The Media Intern will be responsible for sharing the story of Summer Farm Crew through
photos and video. Both Interns will work alongside our Crew in the farm fields and food pantries,
an amazing opportunity to forge close relationships with the teens and model a strong work ethic.
The internship begins with two weeks of preparation work from June 22nd—July 3rd, Monday to Friday,
hours TBD. Summer Farm Crew runs from July 6th—August 7th, 8:30am-4:30pm. A final week of wrap up
work will take place from August 10th—August 14th, hours TBD, and can be completed remotely if
needed. An additional two weeks of work is possible depending on funding.
An internship with Roots Rising is transformational. As Hattie, our 2018 Education Intern said, “At
Roots Rising we lean into everything: the dirt, the rain, the hard conversations. As we care for
the earth, we also learn to care for each other. Working for Roots Rising was life changing.”
We are looking for candidates who love working with teens and who are passionate about
strengthening the local food system and empowering youth as changemakers. A sense of humor, a
can-do spirit, and a willingness to roll up your sleeves and get dirty is a must.
Send a resume and letter of interest to [email protected] Hiring is contingent on the approval
of funding. Funding is available through The Alumni Sponsored Internship Program
(https://careers.williams.edu/jobs-internships/alumni-sponsored-internship-program/) or the
Environmental Studies Department
(https://ces.williams.edu/student-opportunities/funding-research/). Please refer to those sites for
their funding deadlines.