Are you a college student in need of an internship? Do you want real-world experience that will benefit the local community while staying safe from COVID-19? The North Carolina Local Food Council (NCLFC) has an opportunity for you!
The Remote Internship to Support Enterprises for Local Foods (RISE for Local Foods) was developed in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Paid student interns will be matched with regional food, farming or seafood organizations and businesses seeking to improve their direct marketing or online presence due to impacts of COVID-19.
Participating food and agriculture businesses need interns skilled in social media, website editing, written communication skills, and online marketing platforms. We will pair each intern’s unique skill set with business needs that host sites require. You will gain impactful experience and hands-on skills related to food systems and supply chains while supporting a local business. All of this while remaining safe, performing work remotely, and making a fair wage.
NCLFC’s RISE for Local Foods is one of our many responses to the rippling effects of COVID-19.
The pandemic has changed the way food is grown, distributed, accessed, prepared and eaten across the state. Prior to the coronavirus, 50% of meals were consumed at restaurants and institutions. Now, almost all meals are being cooked at home, meaning producers and distributors who are equipped to handle bulk items are struggling to adapt to much smaller packaging for home use (Reiley, 2020b). Farms and fisheries of all types and sizes have been impacted. Fisheries have been hit especially hard with seafood sales across the nation decreasing by 95% since March 2020, largely due to restaurant closures. Many producers continue to struggle economically with changing channels of sales and distribution.
The current health crisis has offered a glimpse of more resilient food systems through communities coming together in response, demonstrating resilience and adaptive creativity. Smaller, local supply chains have addressed the needs of their communities; however, not all communities and producers have had the time, capacity, or flexibility to adapt.
Our host sites will include farmers markets, agritourism websites, commodity marketing firms, food pantries and more. Our intention is to keep these projects local, matching the needs of host sites with the unique skills of students in the region who know their local communities and have a stake in their success. Student populations have continuously been at the forefront of change and innovation – and now is no different. Producers and consumers alike need the creativity, skills, and passion that students across North Carolina can bring to our local food systems. If you are ready to rise to the challenge, then RISE for Local Foods will help you succeed.
For information, visit our website at nclocalfoodcouncil.org/rise-for-local-foods or email Daniel Holloman (email@example.com) or Dr. Angel Cruz (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Reiley, L. The Industry Says We Have Enough Food. Here’s Why Some Store Shelves Are Empty Anyway. April 14, 2020b. Washington Post. Available at https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/14/grocery-stores-empty-shelves-shortage/