CASFS Internship Opportunities


    2021 CASFS Internship Program

  • CASFS offers a remote survey internship to introduce students to the Center's diverse sites, programs, production practices and ongoing opportunities. Through weekly live sessions, small group discussions, and pre-recorded video content, students will learn about a range of seasonal organic farming and gardening topics and basic production and culinary methods, all set within a larger food system framework. The many topics covered will include principles and practices of greenhouse propagation, winter hoop house production, perennial fruit crop care, and intensive gardening and cooking with the seasons. The internship includes a “grow-at-home” component where students will be supplied with materials and guidance for growing microgreens. Students living in Santa Cruz will also have access to seedlings from the CASFS Farm to grow at home. Students will connect their work to the broader food system as a whole, and learn how to continue to engage with CASFS throughout their academic careers.

    A 2 unit internship requires an average of 6 hours per week of participation, totaling 60 hrs for the quarter.

    The CASFS Internship Weekly Format includes:
    1. Synchronous, or real-time attendance is required once a week in a Small group “homeroom” session (30-60 minutes)

    2. Live/synchronous attendance is highly recommended but not required for the following:
    - Live/synchronous sessions with staff and all interns Tuesdays (60 min)
    - Smaller group or individual Office Hours (times vary)

    3. Asynchronous (not live) activities to complete on your own schedule during the week, include the following:
    - Independent work (times given are ranges, as students can select how they distribute modalities week to week)
    - Recorded video content (30-60 minutes)
    - Readings and assignments (30-60 minutes)
    - At-home gardening (30-60 minutes)
    - At-home food preparation (30-60 minutes)
    - Reflection (30-60 minutes)

    Please be sure to study the ENVS Internship Office materials for ALL of your enrollment requirements. You can find all your ENVS Internship Office enrollment requirements at envs.ucsc.edu/internships/.

    Do you have questions? For more information please contact Damian Parr, dmparr@ucsc.edu.