Learn and Work with the Student Farm and Sustainable Food Systems Program

Students can engage through paid and for-credit internships, independent studies, class projects and student-led research. If you’re interested in any of these opportunities with the program, please contact Leslie Pillen at studentfarm@psu.edu or 814-863-5116.

Student Farmers: Paid Internships

Student farmers are the ambassadors for the Student Farm and with our community partners. Interviews and selection of each year’s intern crew starts during fall semester. Once selected, new interns complete a 3-credit training course during spring semester. The paid internship then runs from May through the following April, providing each intern with a full season of experience with the farm. Essential roles include ensuring that safety, produce quality, and a fun work environment are maintained among co-workers, volunteers, Student Farm Club members, and the many community members and courses that visit and work on the Student Farm or at partner farms. Student farmers learn about and manage farm production, harvesting, marketing, community engagement, produce donations, volunteer management, event planning, and more. Previous experience in relevant fields is welcome, but not as necessary as the motivation to learn, work hard and contribute to a positive work environment.

For-Credit Internships & Student-Led Research

Students seeking for-credit internships are invited to work with the Student Farm. Students may work on the farm as part of the production team, where you will learn the ins and outs of production, harvest and marketing. Students can also develop a project with the farm tailored to each person’s own interests and area of study. Student interns could trial different production methods on the farm, develop a new market opportunity, start a workshop series, organize a food donations program, or build an app for organizing farm records. The sky is the limit!

Students often apply a 3-credit internship with the farm toward the Sustainability Leadership minor or the Civic and Community Engagement minor.

Class Projects

Do you need a project for one of your classes? Are you an Honors student looking for a thesis topic? Do you need independent study or internship credit? If so, the Sustainable Food Systems Program and Student Farm have many projects that may be a good fit for you.

Ongoing Project Opportunities:

1. Write stories to share on the Student Farm Blog. Did you spend time in a summer internship that related to sustainable food and agriculture systems? Or read an interesting book about food systems that you’d like to share? We would love to include your story in the blog. Deliverable: approx. 400-word personal story and 1-2 photos

2. Give short presentations about the project to classes and clubs. Deliverable: presentation

3. Photograph and/or video events and meetings–get creative with documenting and supporting the planning process. Deliverable: photos and/or videos