Food-Related Internships

Gain real-world experience while earning UA credit.

Student intern working in school garden

We encourage you to seek out and apply for internships that interest you! Tucson is home to a vibrant food scene, with numerous opportunities to get involved with non-profit organizations and local businesses. 

Searching for Internships

You can search for internships, on-campus jobs, and employment opportunities through UA Career Services Handshake website. As a UA student you can sign in with your NetID and password to start your search.

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences also has a list of internship opportunities.

Food-Related Internships

UA Garden Kitchen

The Garden Kitchen, located in the heart of South Tucson, is a seed-to-table nutrition education program of the University of Arizona’s Pima County Cooperative Extension. 

UA Garden Kitchen Internships

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Iskashitaa Refugee Network creates opportunities to integrate UN refugees into the Southern Arizona community while educating the public, strengthening the local food system, reducing local food waste, and increasing food security. 

Iskashitaa Refugee Network

Las Miplitas Community Farm

Las Milpitas de Cottonwood is a six-acre community farm, located on the banks of the Santa Cruz River, that provides materials and support for local residents to grow food for themselves, making healthy, local food more accessible to low-income families. 

Las Miplitas Community Farm

Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona Foundation (LFA) is a non-profit organization that is building opportunities in Arizona. LFA is an award-winning organization focused on community and economic development throughout the state in order to build self-sufficient, healthy, and prosperous communities.

Local First

Mission Gardens

Mission Garden is an ancient agricultural site, farmed continuously for more than 4,000 years. Today it is an agricultural heritage museum interpreting and celebrating the multicultural history of Tucson through a series of Timeline Gardens.

Mission Gardens

Pivot Produce

Pivot is a produce distribution/warehousing company which sources produce from southern Arizona small scale farms, distributing to over 25 restaurants. Now in its 4th year, Pivot is experiencing rapid growth in sales and expansion of services.

Pivot Produce

San Xavier Coop Farm

The San Xavier Cooperative Association is committed to healthy farming practices and growing traditional crops to support the cultural and environmental values, as well as support economic development within the community.

San Xavier Coop Farm

Tucson Community Supported Agriculture

A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a partnership of mutual commitment between a farm and a community of members who pledge their support to the farm operation so that the farmland becomes the community’s farm, with the farmers and consumers providing mutual support and sharing the risks and benefits of food production.

Tucson Community Supported Agriculture

Other Internship Opportunities

How to Enroll

Before you can enroll in Food 393, complete the following steps:

  1. Determine whether you are eligible. Contact Dr. Allison Ewing-Cooper to determine your eligibility for Food393 Internship (
  2. Find and secure an internship. Check out our list of internship opportunities listed above. The University of Arizona’s Career Services also offers tips for finding an internship.
  3. Download and complete the internship application

*Note: No internships can be approved until after 1 July UNLESS the host site has made a 100% WFH (work from home) arrangement possible. No internship with face-to-face interactions will be approved.

Funding Support for FOOD Internships

CALL FOR FUNDING REQUESTS: Dr. Leo J. Shapiro Food Studies Award

The Dr. Leo J. Shapiro Food Studies Award offers up to 5 awards of $500 each to support any undergraduate student at the University of Arizona to complete FOOD393 Internship credits during Summer 2020. Awards are intended for students who have identified an internship opportunity for Summer 2020 and have completed the FOOD393 work plan. Applications due May 20th, 2020.  Please open and review the below Call for Applications document for further information and remember to include the Internship Work Plan when submitting application. 




The 100% Engagement Summer Impact Award is designed to help you get the most out of your experience while providing financial support to do it. If eligible, you can receive $2500 awarded to your Bursar's account. In addition, you’ll receive access to on-demand, online content, live workshops and other resources to help you be successful in your new position. Apply here.


Occasionally, Food Studies has access to additional funds to help support students to undertake an unpaid internship for course credit. The internship must form part of the coursework to complete a major or minor in the BA for Food Studies. Please contact Dr. Laurel Bellante directly for more information at


If you have questions about finding internships or how to get internship credit, contact:

Allison Ewing-Cooper
Assistant Director, Academic Advising