Local First Arizona

Local First Arizona Foundation (LFAF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization building opportunity in Arizona. LFAF is an award-winning organization focused on community and economic development throughout the state in order to build self-sufficient, healthy and prosperous communities. We are creating a movement that has proven results across a wide variety of measurables including youth retention, job creation, and economic gains: creating prosperity for all Arizonans.

They are looking for candidates who love Arizona to help spread the message about the importance of this local businesses, especially local food production. This is an extraordinary opportunity for someone who would like to develop communications and event planning skills to directly benefit local producers and strengthen Arizona’s community food network. This unpaid internship can provide school credit, resume and portfolio building experience, and a flexible schedule. Candidates must be energetic, creative, results-oriented team players and self-starters, and ultimately dedicated to the achievement of personal as well as team goals.

About the Program

Arizona agriculture has a $23.3 billion impact on our state’s economy. In the winter months, Yuma supplies over 90% of the country’s leafy greens and vegetables. Despite this tremendous productivity, 15% of households in Arizona are food insecure, meaning that they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Local First Arizona Foundation’s Healthy Local Foods initiative works to connect Arizona’s producers to local markets, and support small scale food producers as they build their customer base. A major component of these efforts is telling the stories of Arizona’s farmers and food producers, as well as the innovative supply chain actors that are improving local food production, distribution, and access.

About the Internship

This intern position will work under the umbrella of the Local Foods Initiative to support the development and execution of at least 3 events, as well as provide additional outreach support where needed. From general event planning to communications, from registrant management to flyer distribution, this intern will be our right-hand (wo)man for the semester’s producer- and consumer-focused events that highlight local food production.

Under the supervision of the Food & Farm Initiatives Manager, the Local Food Events Intern will be tasked with reporting projects and blog posts, language development, general outreach at farmers markets, and provide support executing at least 4 events over the course of the semester. Depending on the needs of the events that he/she will be involved in, the Local Food Events Intern can expect to be involved in a variety of tasks, with supervised leadership over one particular campaign depending on the intern’s performance.

In Fall of 2019, the Local Foods Events Intern will support 4 main events and campaigns:

  1. Devour Culinary Classic
  2. Community Banking Month
  3. Food & Farm Forum
  4. Good Food EXPO

This internship will provide the opportunity to expand personal networks of business professionals, provides community outreach experience, writing and publishing credit, and exposure to economic systems.

Overall, the intern can expect to:
  • Coordinate and plan a communications campaign to highlight local food producers
  • Support event promotional efforts through communications channels
  • Develop tools for utilizing LFAF food resources
  • Conduct research projects and create surveys to help with target marketing and event follow-up
  • Consistently work with team to evaluate for sponsor obligations and any responsibilities needing completed due to possible grant fulfillment
  • Create and implement a marketing plan for assigned event project that coincides with overall LFA event plan that reaches any personal networks.
  • Contribute a minimum of five relevant blog posts to the Good Food Finder blog platform.
  • Table at at least 3 Farmers Markets in the Phoenix Metro Area (flexible).
  • Basic understanding of or passion for local food purchasing and its influence on sustainability, health, or economic well-being
  • A passion for the farming & food production in Arizona
  • Strong experience with social media platforms and page management
  • Experience with blog writing and/or press releases
  • Strong verbal communication and written skills
  • Ability to process and implement creative feedback
  • Reliable transportation at least twice per week
  • Ability to be highly organized and efficient
  • Self-motivation and accountability
  • Strong time management skills
Preferred, but not necessary:
  • Active social media user
  • Photography skills: an eye for bright, visually appealing scenes
  • Leadership role in event planning process of any size
  • Basic graphic design skills (familiarity with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop & InDesign)
  • Experience working with Wordpress and/or Squarespace
  • Experience in the non-profit sector
Gained experiences:
  • Experience working in the non-profit sector
  • Your name on online published site
  • Community outreach strategies
  • Economic systems, particularly within the area of local food systems
  • Research skills and database management
  • Interpersonal communication
  • Project management experience; including how to meet daily, weekly and long-term deadlines
  • Experience using InfusionSoft, Wordpress, Squarespace, Google Drive, and more
  • Exposure to many locally owned businesses, non-profits, and organizations in Arizona
  • Education on the several program and initiatives LFA implements to work toward our mission of creating a sustainable local economy
Total hours: 125

Hours & Compensation:  The intern will work approximately 10-15 hours per week for the Fall or Spring Semester. Typically this comes out to approximately 125 total hours for the semester (may vary based on student’s internship requirements). The intern will establish at least two regular office days per week, and when fully trained may work remotely one of those days to complete projects. This is an unpaid internship with many professional development opportunities. Upon satisfactory completion of the internship, the intern will receive a letter of recommendation and course credit, if applicable.

Length of Term: Internship program is 1 semester long, with opportunity for second semester upon satisfactory completion of internship.

To Apply: Email your cover letter, resume, and a brief writing sample (of your choice) to Kate at kate@localfirstaz.com