UCSC Basic Needs Internships, Job & Volunteer Opportunities

2021 Available Internships

CASFS Remote Internship

This Spring 2021, CASFS is offering a remote survey internship to introduce students to our diverse sites, programs, production practices and ongoing opportunities. Through weekly live sessions, small group discussions, and pre-recorded video content, students will learn about a range of seasonal organic farming and gardening topics and basic production and culinary methods, all set within a larger food system framework.

Topics covered will include principles and practices of greenhouse propagation, hoop house production, perennial fruit crop care, and intensive gardening and cooking with the seasons. The internship includes a “grow-at-home” component where students will be supplied with materials and guidance for growing microgreens. Students living in Santa Cruz will also have access to seedlings from the CASFS Farm to grow at home. Students will connect their work to the broader food system as a whole, and learn how to continue to engage with CASFS throughout their academic careers.

A 2-unit internship requires an average of six hours per week of participation, totaling 60 hrs for the quarter.  The CASFS Internship’s first required meetings begins on Tuesday, April 6th.  

Weekly Format includes:

  1. Synchronous or real-time attendance required once a week in a small group “homeroom” session (30-60 minutes). Choose one of the following optional days and times:
    • Wednesdays 11AM-12PM
    • Wednesdays 1-2PM
    • Thursdays 1-2PM
  2. Synchronous attendance required for a minimum of seven sessions with staff and interns on Tuesdays 10-11AM
  3. Optional smaller group or individual office hours (times vary). See Home Room supervisor for details.
  4. Asynchronous (Not live) activities to complete on your own schedule during the week:
    • Independent work (Times given are ranges as students can select how they distribute modalities week to week)
    • Recorded video content (30-60 minutes)
    • Readings and assignments (30-60 minutes)
    • At-home gardening (30-60 minutes)
    • At-home food preparation (30-60 minutes)
    • Reflection (30-60 minutes)

If you remain interested and able to participate, please complete the CASFS Internship Enrollment Form.

If you have any questions, please contact Damian Parr, dmparr@ucsc.edu.


2020-2021 Job Opportunities

All positions are currently filled - please check back to this site as the quarter progresses for further opportunities.


If you are interested in learning more about internship and volunteer opportunities with the UCSC Basic Needs Team, please email Margaret Bishop, CASFS Basic Needs Coordinator, at mlbishop@ucsc.edu.