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Fostering Sustainable Agriculture through Research, Education and Policy since 1984

Policy Internships

Many of the movement’s longstanding organizers and policy leaders are approaching retirement, and the movement needs to cultivate new activists of diverse cultural backgrounds and skills.  MFAI’s policy internship program helps prospective leaders gain a foothold in the movement’s varied advocacy positions.  We offer two five-month policy internships every spring with a small stipend of $450 per month.  The internships offer a comprehensive orientation program, work on our federal, state, and local policy initiatives, participation in major conferences in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and a two-week period of work interning with the National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition in their offices in Washington, D.C.  We expect interns to move to Madison, Wisconsin to participate in the program.

Announcement of our Spring Policy Internship is typically made mid-September, and applications are due in late October/early November.  In some years, we consider summer applicants who approach us during the winter or spring.  Our internships are quite competitive.  Successful applicants come from a wide range of backgrounds.  The top selection criterion is a candidate’s clarity of purpose that they seek a career in sustainable agriculture policy, followed by the quality of their writing and communications, and strong recommendations from three references.  We actively encourage applicants of color to apply.

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