American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres and helped thousands of farm families make a go of it (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
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What You’ll be Working On
The Farmland Protection Policy Research Intern will conduct research and collect resources relating to state and local farmland protection programs, laws, and policies. Specific tasks include:
Interns are expected to attend regular check-in meetings with the project team (by phone or in person) to report on progress and ask questions. Typically, internships involve 10-15 hours of work per week for 12 weeks. The project team is based in American Farmland Trust’s (AFT) Northampton, Massachusetts, office. Interns have worked on site and remotely.
Interns will have the opportunity to:
Relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent education and experience; graduate-level coursework in planning or legal education preferred. Interest in public policy, agricultural conservation, and familiarity with land use issues helpful. Strong communication skills, research ability and knowledge of spreadsheets (Excel) required.
Why you should apply