Come work with us!
VCGN interns get direct work experience and play an important role in supporting the state’s network of community and school gardens, teaching people how to grow their own food, and reducing hunger. We have several internship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students throughout the year, ranging from hands-on garden education in the Community Teaching Garden to outreach and communications to statewide network development. Students from accredited academic institutions will receive academic credit. Some positions include a stipend. All are based in our Burlington office.
Spring 2017 Internship Opportunities:
- Network Development (January 27, 2017 application deadline)
Summer 2017 Internship Opportunities:
- Garden Education (March 1, 2017 application deadline)
Here’s what some of our past interns had to say about their experiences with VCGN:
“Working at VCGN was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve had and I feel like I learned so much this summer, not only about gardening, but about teaching and community building.” – Liz Berman, UVM Dietetics, Nutrition and Food Sciences ’14
“My work with the Vermont Community Garden Network greatly enhanced my skills in public speaking, organizing, research, effective communication, outreach…the list goes on. However the reason that I gained so much from the internship is that I was forced to utilize concepts that I had learned in a classroom setting in the real world. My motivation was not a grade or anything of the sort – instead it was to help the Burlington community. Consequently I found the experience to be enjoyable and satisfying as well.” – Dylan Marcus, UVM Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources ’13
“My internship with VCGN allowed me to focus on developing important communications skills I hadn’t been exposed to in school such as basic HTML code, professional outreach, online networking and newsletter writing and editing. Being able to develop those skills while working for an organization whose mission spoke directly to my personal and professional goals has been invaluable to me, and the experience has helped greatly in my employability. Additionally, I have maintained an excellent relationship with the wonderful VCGN staff after my internship ended, I feel that I can always go to them for advice or even just to catch up, and that is a very unique experience.” – Hannah Aitken, CSA Manager, Bella Farm UVM Environmental Studies ’11
“Spending a summer with the Vermont Community Garden Network as an intern not only provided me with professional experience and gardening knowledge from the passionate staff at the VCGN, but also helped me gain a sense of direction for my future education and career plans. VCGN allowed me to incorporate my interests in sustainability, community, photography, and writing into my internship, which helped me steer my future job path toward communications and sustainability.” – Erin Anderson, Acadia University Environmental and Sustainability Studies, ’15
“My semester with VCGN was an incredible learning experience. I improved my writing skills, made many valuable connections, and learned how a nonprofit functions, all while contributing to a cause I am passionate about.” – Jocelyn Morin, UVM Community and International Development, ’14