During the summer and throughout the year, we take on interns who get involved and help with a wide range of activities, projects, campaigns and administrative duties to support our goals and gain experience in a sustainability-focussed environment.
Cambridge Sustainable Food is seeking motivated and flexible interns. Internships are for a minimum of eight weeks, for four days a week, though flexibility with this can be discussed. The interns would report to the CSF coordinator, but would also assist other workers on specific projects. We take interns at any time of year if we have a vacancy.
Organised and reliable.
Able to prioritise tasks.
Should also be able to self-motivate and work independently.
Good communication skills, both written and interpersonal, are essential.
Some experience in events planning and organisation would be an advantage.
Interested in sustainability and environmental issues, but detailed experience of these sectors is not necessary and there will be an opportunity for on-the-job learning.
Interns will not necessarily be expected to take on all responsibilities listed below – these are indicative of the kind of tasks required.
Publicise and promote our projects, campaigns and events through press releases, photos, social media and the creation of posters/flyers.
Help at our free family cookery workshops.
Research and create website content and promote related events.
Organise and run events, such as public engagement stalls at fairs. Depending on the time of year, you would also help to organise our Cambridge Pumpkin Festival (focusing on food waste), coordinating venues and materials for this.
Recruit and coordinate volunteers.
Provide admin support to our sustainable business project work.
Assist with bids for funding and report on ongoing projects.
Update our Sustainable Food Directory.
Help with administrative tasks such as updating membership lists and taking minutes at meetings.
Other tasks depending on the demands of current projects. There are many different needs and work could be tailored to your interests to help build your experience and interests depending on current needs.
This role is unpaid. However, on work days the interns will receive a free lunch, and a contribution may be made towards travel expenses. Interns would work in central Cambridge and flexible home working is sometimes possible. Travel is reimbursed for those who live within 15 miles of Cambridge.
Florence, undergraduate Geography student at the University of Cambridge:
“I was involved with CSF completing an internship in 2016. The type of tasks I worked on range from completing small research projects and creating website content, to volunteering at Cookery Workshops and organising and promoting the Pumpkin Festival! It was incredibly interesting to learn about the different work CSF does, and has confirmed my interest in this sector. I definitely learned a lot of new skills and enjoyed all of the projects I was involved in. In addition, the friendliness and dedication of everyone I worked with has made the experience even more enjoyable!”
Laura, undergraduate Archaeology and Anthropology student at Cambridge:
“I have really enjoyed working with CSF in 2016, each day learning a little more about how it is possible to tackle food sustainability on the ground in the local community. I devised a ‘meat’ campaign to raise awareness at stalls or via the website, helped plan a local Pumpkin festival including event organisation, worked on website design and social media communication. I have also helped to devise a creative way to get more student volunteers involved, written blog articles and had the chance to help at family cookery workshops in the local community which included a fun day trip to an organic farm.”
How to apply
Please email a CV and Cover Letter to firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest.
We are grateful to Environment Job, who regularly allows us to advertise for volunteer interns for free on their website, which we have also used successfully for recruiting paid workers. We heartily recommend them.