Agroecology Internship


Job Description

The intern will be a member of PAN’s Agroecology Campaign team and will lead the Agroecology Storytelling project. The intern will interview leading farmers practicing agroecology in the U.S., with a focus on women, youth and farmers of color. S/he will develop inspiring "stories from the field" profiling the work of these farmers; the stories will be posted to PANNA's Agroecology Stories web page and highlighted in PAN publications.

PAN's Agroecology Campaign seeks to build public recognition of and enthusiastic support for agroecology as the 21st century solution to converging climate, water, soil, food and energy crises, and as a robust approach to building equitable and sustainable food and farming systems. 

The intern works closely with one of PAN’s Senior Scientists. The intern may also have opportunity to represent PAN at local tabling events and may communicate with PAN North America affiliate organizations on behalf of the program work in which s/he is involved.


  • Strong writing, editing and verbal communication skills
  • Research (internet, library), able to compile and synthesize material from a broad range of sources
  • Computer skills (Word, Excel, internet)
  • Strong interest in agroecology, sustainable agriculture, food systems, justice
  • Ability to work both independently and as an active group participant
  • Ability to keep work organized in order for it to be interpreted by future interns or PAN staff

Time requirement: A minimum commitment of 15 hours per week is required. Hours are flexible, but there will be some meetings and required in-office hours during PAN’s regular Monday through Friday, 9:00-4:30 work week. In some instances, off-site internships can be approved.

Timeframe: Dates are flexible.

Location: The PAN office in Oakland, near the 19th Street BART station. It is also possible to conduct some portion of the work from home or libraries (if intern has a personal computer).

Supervisor: Marcia Ishii-Eiteman, Senior Scientist and/or other members of the Agroecology campaign team.


There is no stipend associated with intern positions at PAN, however, we do reimburse any local commuting costs.

Benefits include:

  • Excellent springboard for those seeking career in environmental policy
  • Strengthened research, writing and advocacy skills
  • Connections to individuals within the field, including national and international networks of social justice/sustainable agriculture activists
  • Increased understanding of pesticide, sustainable agriculture, environmental science, social and climate justice, and food and agricultural policy issues
  • Experience in an established non-profit structure.
  • Increased understanding of effective routes to progressive reform
  • Reimbursement for transportation to and from the office

How to Apply

Submit the following to

  • A cover letter indicating that you wish to apply for the Agroecology Internship. Include why you want to work with PAN and what experience/skills you hope to gain, your available dates, number of hours per week you wish to work. Please include where you learned of the position.
  • A current resume highlighting the experience and/or coursework relevant to the position
  • A brief writing sample (no more than five pages)
  • Contact information for two references (name, phone, email, relationship)