Roots Rising is seeking two Williams College interns for the Summer of 2019- an Education Intern and
a Media Intern.
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.
Our Farm Crew hires teens to work on farms and in food pantries. And our Market Crew runs the
Downtown Pittsfield Farmers Market, the first teen-run farmers market in the region.
Our Crews are not just jobs. They are an opportunity for teens to engage in meaningful work- work that
needs to be done and that contributes to a larger social good. Meaningful work is transformational. It
leaves youth feeling purposeful, capable, and connected.
The Education and Media Intern will work with Summer Farm Crew ‘19. 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 17th—June 28th, Monday to
Friday, hours TBD. Summer Farm Crew runs from July 1st—August 2nd, 8:30am-4:30pm, with no
work on July 4. A final week of wrap up work will take place from August 5th—August 9th, hours TBD,
and can be completed remotely if needed. An additional two weeks of work is possible depending on
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] The deadline is February 1st, 2019. Hiring
is contingent on the approval of funding. Funding is available through The Alumni Sponsored Internship
Program. More information can be found here: