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A Local Internship

by Lauren Hoffman, Communications Intern for ASAP

As a 29-year-old intern with ASAP, people are often curious about what I hope to gain from an internship at this point in my career. It seems risky to spend any amount of time working without pay. My answer is two-fold: Yes, it is risky, and, yes, my work is meaningful!

So far, my internship at ASAP has been exciting. My goal is to interact with as many farmers and artisan food makers as possible and I was immediately put in the right place to do just that.  I was asked within the first week to carry out a few projects and to attend a “Taste of Local” event at Ingles Markets, which is a gathering of local farmers and producers to offer a taste of their local product to the shoppers.  My favorite project so far: calling local farmers to see if they have Thanksgiving turkeys for sale and writing a blog post about the specifics of pre-ordering for the big day.

Working with ASAP is the next step in what has been an unconventional and somewhat scary path towards a fulfilling career. I anticipate that the ASAP staff will be eager to challenge me with projects that play to my strengths and strengthen my weaknesses. I hope to leave this internship program with not only a notch on my resume but a plethora of knowledge, expertise and relevant experience to pursue my career as an English Major turned farmer turned local food access expert.

As for the risk I take in working without pay… it is equally matched by my passion to support local farms and strengthen my community through connections to local food!

Want to Intern with ASAP?

Interning with ASAP is a great way to gain professional experience and become a part of our region’s local food movement. We are currently accepting applications for Spring interns (January-May, 2015) for the following positions: research, photography, media and communications, non-profit operations, and more.

There’s more information about the internship program on ASAP’s website or contact us at

Applications are due Monday, November 10, 2014.

Stay tuned! Meet our Fall Intern Crew next week to learn what they have been up to for the last two months!


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