Every spring, MEVO welcomes individuals interested in learning to farm and developing transferable leadership skills to apply for our spring internship program. Our seasonal program runs from early March to the start of May. Interns work 9:00a.m-5:00 p.m on two days of their choosing out of three that we offer. Spring interns are in the unique position of helping to “wake up” our farms as we begin to usher in the new production season. Therefore, tasks these interns participate in include, starting seeds in our greenhouse, preparing and uncovering our raised beds for planting, planting, and managing an influx volunteers that begin to come out of the weather warms. Additionally, spring interns will become well versed in volunteer management due to the groups both large and small that come to our farm to volunteer. Often, volunteers who arrive at our farm have never experienced working with soil and other organic materials and are not versed in physical labor. Due to this, our spring interns also act as educators for the volunteers who arrive at their farm, they will assist in leading farm tours and on-site educational instruction. At MEVO, we train and treat our interns as members of our staff and as such we equip them with the skills necessary to help the day operations of MEVO run smoothly.
*The spring internship may be particularly attractive to those that have a vested interest or curiosity in farming and how to start one, as in the spring they learn how the farm begins anew, hence experiencing some of the most vital tasks that must be done on a farm to ensure success for the growing season.
MEVO’s most extensive, intensive, and noteworthy program is our annual summer internship. Each year we interview and accept college-age students into our two and a half month long environmental empowerment internship program, which runs from late May to Mid-August. The summer is designed to give students both professional and actionable hands-on experience in the environmental field to empower them as they prepare for their future career and to offer them a diverse first-time “field experience.” Our summer interns are intentionally made vital to the workflow of our summer season not only to help assist with the season’s rush but more importantly to give them a thorough understanding of how a not-for-profit runs its day to day operations. The summer internship is crafted for individuals looking to hold a career in the environmental field and for anyone desiring an enriching summer experience that offers extensive time outdoors while developing professional skills such as public speaking, volunteer management, and teaching to large groups.
The interns we accept each year are divided into Farm Crew, Trail Crew, and Earth Crew. Each crew is led by a trained MEVO staff member and provides interns with an intensive experience into various sectors of the environmental field such as pollution cleanup, remediation and policy work, small-scale farming, and trail building. By focusing our crews on specialized work, our interns can end their summer knowledgeable and accomplished in their area.
The summer initiates with two weeks of training. The first week includes team building, public speaking practice, and group reflections. During that week the interns, are introduced to MEVO as an organization while also helping to run our largest volunteer day of the year. We also bring in local environmental activists to give our interns an example of careers they can hold after their internship ends. The second week of training is crew specific and each crew spends a week together learning important skills for the summer and taking small trips to observe others doing the work they will be performing. After training, our interns work three days a week. Additionally, we take them on two trips one to our good friends and partner not-for-profit Merck Forest and Farmland Center in Rupert, Vermont where we camp, work, and spend time together immersed in their 3,300 acre property. The second is to Maine where we spend half a week camping and working at a developing 40 acre homestead, on old logging land, and the other half working and exploring in Acadia National Park. The trips are indispensable to our program as they give variety to the work experience our interns are getting and allow them time to bond with staff and fellow crew members.
Our interns end our summer by presenting a project of their choosing which conveys the impact the summer has had on them. They leave the program with a heightened sense of accomplishment as well as a network of their fellow interns, MEVO Staff, and friends of our organization.
Every fall, MEVO welcomes individuals looking to receive hands-on environmental work and leadership development to apply for our fall internship. Our seasonal crew runs from early September to early December, and interns select two days out of three we provide to work with us from 9:00am-5: 00 pm. The fall crew provides our interns with the unique experience of working at our farms both at the height of production in early fall and the end of production season in December. Tasks that the fall crew participate in include but are not limited to helping maintain our current crops, assisting in assembling the shares for our weekly CSA, building structures on our farm such as compost cages, wash stations, etc, and preparing the farm for winterization. Additionally, fall interns will become well versed in volunteer management due to the groups both large and small that come to our farm to volunteer. Often, volunteers who arrive at our farm have never experienced working with soil and other organic materials and are not versed in physical labor. Due to this, our fall interns also act as educators for the volunteers who arrive at their farm, they will assist in leading farm tours and on-site educational instruction. At MEVO, we train and treat our interns as members of our staff and as such we equip them with the skills necessary to help the day operations of MEVO run smoothly.