NewsFebruary 25, 2016

Summer 2016 Internship with Farm Commons

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Are you a law student who wants to help shape the local and sustainable food system? Well, you are in luck! Farm Commons is currently accepting applications for a summer 2016 intern. Please see below for more information and how to apply, and feel free to pass on to anyone who might be interested! 



Farm Commons, a Minnesota-based nonprofit legal services organization, is seeking an intern for the Summer of 2016. The intern will have the exciting opportunity to contribute to the development of a nonprofit that provides the proactive legal resources that sustainable farmers need to become the stable resilient foundation of a community-based food system. We accomplish our mission by delivering high-quality legal education and transactional legal assistance to sustainable farmers. The Farm Commons team meets remotely via Google Hangout for regular meetings. Although staff work from home, our work is highly collaborative and we communicate on an almost-daily basis.


The intern will be involved both in legal research and writing, as well as the outreach activities of the organization. Specific duties will vary depending on the projects active over the summer. Applicants can expect to gain skills in detailed regulatory research, writing memos for supervising attorneys, and in drafting legal education text for non-attorneys. The intern will also participate in general research on food system issues as a whole, potentially including incubator farms, food safety, and business practices for farmers.         


Position details and submission procedures are below.



Candidates must be passionate about sustainable agriculture and local food system development. Clear communication, ability to organize and present research, and strong writing skills are also essential. Candidates must be self-directed and able to work without close supervision at their own location. The ability to manage a project independently is essential. Candidates should have experience with social media, strong online research abilities, be familiar with basic marketing concepts.


Timeframe: Ideally, candidates will be available June 1- August 15. Each position requires 15-20 hours per week although a precise schedule is very flexible. Although Farm Commons is based in Duluth, Minnesota no office space will be provided and internships are served remotely via online meetings.


Compensation: As an early-stage nonprofit with limited funds, Farm Commons will provide a $600 stipend for each position.


Application Process: Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position and their personal goals in working with Farm Commons by March 31. Offers will be extended by April 15. Please send application materials as a single pdf document to

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