Cambridge Sustainable Food is seeking motivated and flexible interns to help with a wide range of activities, projects and campaigns. 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.
We expect candidates to be organised, reliable, and able to prioritise tasks. Candidates 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. The candidate should be 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 and/or accommodation expenses. Interns would work in central Cambridge and flexible home working is sometimes possible. As accommodation costs are very high in Cambridge so we are unable to do more than make a small contribution to rent. Travel is reimbursed for those who live within 15 miles of Cambridge.
My name is Florence Best and I’m an undergraduate student studying Geography at the University of Cambridge. I was involved with CSF for 5 weeks 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!
I wanted to work with CSF to learn more about organisations who work on sustainability issues. It was incredibly interesting to learn about the different work CSF does, and has confirmed my interest in this sector.
The best parts were being able to spend time on a meaningful project that is helpful for the organisation, doing work that is actually being put to use. 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!
My name is Laura Schubert and I did a 6-week internship during the summer of 2016 after my second year of university, studying Archaeology and Anthropology at Cambridge. I have really enjoyed working with the people at CSF and doing work for the organisation, each day learning a little more about how it is possible to tackle food sustainability on the ground in the local community through awareness raising, cookery workshops but also working with local, independent businesses and promoting the local food economy.
I have been involved in a range of tasks working 7 hours, 4 days a week, often from my laptop. This has included devising a ‘meat’ campaign to raise awareness at stalls or via the website, helping to plan a local Pumpkin festival including event organisation, website design and social media communication. I have also helped to devise a creative way to get more student volunteer 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
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