Storytelling Internship

Location: 
Massachusetts
Publication Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013 (All day)

Storytelling Intern-Mass Farmers Markets

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About Mass Farmers Markets: Mission, vision, and key organizational goals        

 

The Federation of Mass Farmers Markets (MFM) is a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1978 to foster, enhance and sustain Massachusetts farmers markets; we work to ensure shoppers, farmers, and communities are connected to each other. Among the many positive benefits farmers markets provide are longevity of local farmers, good nutrition for residents, and local economic and social development. Above all, we want to achieve a future where local communities are flourishing economically and socially, residents are healthy and have a connection to their food, and food security is continuously fortified.

 

About You

 

You believe storytelling is a powerful communication tool and understand the importance of farmers markets in today’s society.

 

When you join our team, you’ll be capturing compelling stories from farmers, shoppers, vendors, market managers, restaurateurs, and volunteers from Massachusetts, specific to their interactions with our organization. The stories you capture will then be used for MFM’s Outreach programs and help us engage the outside world with the important work we do on a daily basis.  

 

Skills

  • Possess an understanding of how to form a creative story that captivates your audience
  • Experienced writer (consistently create blog content, taken courses in creative writing, etc.)
  • Organized, detail-oriented, and personable
  • Outgoing and able to have meaningful conversations with strangers
  • Knack for reading between the lines and bringing out the story behind a story
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Understanding or experience with nonprofit organizations a plus

 

Duties

  • Work independently with support from the Outreach and Volunteer Manager to set up in person interviews.
  • Conduct short interviews at MFM’s three managed markets (Central, Davis, and Copley Squares) with regular shoppers from the community.
  • Travel to MFM’s office at least once every two weeks to connect with staff and download finished stories onto our database.
  • Maintain excellent communication with Outreach and Volunteer Manager about your work.

 

In Return

 

You will gain knowledge in nonprofit organizing, local agriculture and farmers markets, as well as refine your skills as a storyteller. Mass Farmers Markets will work with you to obtain course credit. This is an unpaid internship with room to expand into other areas of our organization’s work.

 

Commitment

 

The amount of hours and days per week are dependent on the schedule you create for yourself and can last as long as you wish to be involved with Mass Farmers Markets; ideally at least until the end of the market season in November.

 

Please send your resume, cover letter, and two short writing samples to:

Alison Dagger, Outreach and Volunteer Manager, alison@massfarmersmarkets.org