Internship Requirements

Eligibility

All UW-Madison students are eligible to apply. Students are welcome to apply to more than one internship, but will only be accepted for one position. We encourage all students interested in becoming SFUW interns to volunteer with the organization and learn more about the projects and internships prior to/during the application process.

Internship Responsibilities

The specific responsibilities of each internship vary by project and position and can be found in the position description. All interns are expected to participate in SFUW events throughout the semester, and complete the four requirements listed below:

  1. Orientation
    Interns are required to attend the  orientation at the beginning of the semester. The orientation is a great way for you to get to know the organization, your project, and your fellow interns before jumping into your internship. Details about the orientation will be sent before the spring semester but you can look forward to an iron chef competition, lots of socializing, and plenty of eating together, Slow Food style!
  2. Cross-Project Volunteering
    Interns must volunteer for a minimum of 3 events in projects different from their own. This includes volunteering with another internship outside of your project or helping with organization wide events. Volunteer opportunities will be announced in the weekly Intern Blast emails, on the intern Facebook Page, and announced by directors.
  3. Mandatory meetings
    Interns must attend the two mandatory meetings over the course of the semester. These meetings are 2-3 hours each, usually take place on a weekend afternoon, and are usually potluck style. We’re not a big fan of meetings for the sake of meeting, but these casual get-togethers allow interns to keep in touch and share the challenges of successes of their internships.
  4. End of the Semester Presentation
    With so many interns and projects occurring at once, it is easy to miss all the great work Slow Food UW does in the community. To share highlights, and celebrate the success of the semester, each project must present a five minute summary of their internship experience at the last mandatory meeting.

Goals

  • Interns will develop a better understanding of food system & food justice issues on local & global scales.
  • Interns will better understand the food access challenges faced by various Madison communities.
  • Interns will develop strong leadership abilities and organization skills that will aid them in their chosen field.
  • Interns will develop relationships and connections within the Slow Food UW & greater Madison community.

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