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Internship Program

Summer Intern Program 

Our summer internship program is designed for college students/graduates who are interested in sustainable agriculture.  We’ve had interns from a variety of college majors including geology, environmental science, culinary arts,  horticulture and related fields and some of our interns have been musicians, writers, artists - the commonality is a commitment to learning how to produce fresh local, organically grown food and healthy living.

2018 season open for applications

Pennypack Farm & Education Center is a non-profit, 360+ member CSA operating in the suburbs of Philadelphia in Horsham, PA. We are seeking 3 interns for the 2018 Summer season.  Our internship program is designed for people interested in gaining experience working on a medium scale organic farm. During the 12 week internship interns will be engaged in farming tasks including planting, harvesting, weeding, trellising, and irrigation. Candidates must be comfortable working on their feet doing physical work for long periods of time. We do not require interns to have any previous experience; as an education center we are excited to share our knowledge about farming and provide our interns with a fulfilling experience that will be useful to them regardless of future career path.

In this internship, we anticipate our interns will come to appreciate:

  • the work involved in producing sustainable local food
  • how sustainable agricultural practices support environmentally sound land stewardship;
  • the importance of farm-based education; and
  • the social/community-building value of CSA farming.

Basic understandings of our internship:

  • we require interns to have housing in our area and reliable transportation to and from the farm;
  • intern hours will vary. Most days begin at 8am;
  • interns are expected to work 40 hours a week for 12 weeks; start/end date depends on individual schedule, usually mid-May to late-August;
  • the internship stipend is $2,000 for the entire summer;
  •  interns are responsible for providing current and satisfactory child abuse and criminal background reports (PFEC will reimburse interns for the cost of obtaining the required background reports); and
  • interns must be physically able to lift 50 pounds, and able to work under adverse conditions such as rain, heat, humidity and cold.
  • selected interns will be requested to sign an offer letter, setting forth the terms of the internship (as presented in this Application).

Please submit an email addressing the following questions to Diane Diffenderfer at diane@pennypackfarm.org and please title the document with your first and last name and include the following information:

  • Your name, your local address, your school address (if applicable), email, phone number;
  • Name of college/university (if applicable);
  • Expected month and year of graduation (if applicable); and
  • Major/minor (if applicable).
  1. Why has sustainable agriculture piqued your interest?
  2. What attracted you to Pennypack Farm’s internship?
  3. We offer internships that are primarily farming oriented; however, interns may also have some exposure to children’s education, farmers’ markets, and non-profit  marketing/development and administration. If you are interested in either farm-based education or non-profits, please let us know.
  4. Tell us about any relevant experience.
  5. Would you describe yourself as a “people person”? Why or why not?
  6. How do you think spending a summer at Pennypack Farm will affect your future?
  7. Anything more we should know about you?

Get more information on our summer internships!

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