Roots Rising Internships

Agriculture internship empowering teens in Pittsfield MA @ Roots Rising.
(Own transportation is necessary for this position)

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
The Internship
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 Logistics
The internship begins with two weeks of preparation work from June 1st—July 2nd, Monday to Friday,
hours TBD. Summer Farm Crew runs from July 5th—August 6th, 8:30am-4:30pm. A final week of wrap
up work will take place from August 9th—August 13th, hours TBD, and can be completed remotely if
needed. An additional two weeks of work is possible depending on funding.
The Impact
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.
To Apply
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
( or the
Environmental Studies Department (
Please refer to those sites for their funding deadlines.