South Madison Internships

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Interns Involved

2 Teen Cooking Night

2 Teen Snacks interns

3 Garden Club

4 Odyssey (2 teen, 2 junior)

3 WID Snacks with Scientists

4 Market Basket Interns

2 Directors

Open Positions

No positions are available for the Fall semester, but be sure to check back for the Spring semester!

Project Description

Slow Food UW South Madison is a great team of interns who do fun things like have squash curry parties, host Halloween parties for kids in South Madison, and have delicious brunches together but also work hard to be involved in the community surrounding campus.  South Madison internships can be taken for credit and interns are encouraged to attend a bi-weekly class with our lovely advisor where we read and think critically about food justice and the segregation of Madison. Participation is South Madison events and volunteering with other projects is also encouraged!

To Apply

Please email all South Madison internship applications to Libby Schnepf and Clare Aeschbacher, and Please indicate in your email which internship you will be applying for. Descriptions for open positions are detailed below.
In your email, please include a resume and cover letter, which must answer the following questions:

  • What project are you applying for, and why?
  • How did you find out about Slow Food UW?
  • How do you interpret “good, clean, fair food for all”?
  • How do you see food as a player in community engagement projects?
  • South Madison is a rich and diverse community.  How have you experienced diversity in your life? How do you make efforts to be a respectful community member in the context of diversity in racial, class, and other identities?


Garden Club interns

Internship Description

Garden Club is intended to introduce kids to gardening or give them the opportunity to learn more. We do indoor and outdoor planting activities, green house tours (must plan with Boys and Girls Club staff) and educational lessons with the kids about food systems. Like Teen Cooking Night, Garden Club is an after-school program hosted by The Taft Street Boys and Girls Club. It takes place in the evenings on the same day each week.

Average Time Commitment:  3-4 hours per week.

Responsibilities and Expectations:

  • Using public transportation (if no access to car) to get to the Boys and Girls Club once a week
  • Ability to plan simple garden activities (gardening experience helpful but not required)
  • Enjoys working with kids
  • Relaxed, easy-going, and comfortable with chaos


Odyssey Interns

Interns involved: 2 Odyssey Adult interns, 2 Odyssey Teen interns, 2 Odyssey Adventurers (young elementary age)  interns

Internship Description

Slow Food UW hosts monthly community dinners and weekly snacks/side dishes at the UW Madison Partnership Office on South Park Street for the Odyssey program, which allows adults with financial barriers to gain 6 UW Humanities credits. Odyssey interns work with a team of six to plan a menu, source the ingredients, and cook a meal for 100 people once a month.

Average Time Commitment: two hours of planning and about 10 hours of prepping, cooking, and serving the week of. During the weeks with the dinner, usually just the last week of each month, a lot of hours are needed but for the other three weeks, there is a lesser time commitment, roughly half the hours.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Planning a menu based on what produce is available in Growing Power’s garden
  • Planning a prep schedule, preparing a meal for 100 people
  • Cleaning up the kitchen after dinner
  • Communicating with the other interns and faculty involved
  • Confidence and problem-solving skills in the kitchen.

Market Basket Interns

Internship Description   

The market basket program is a partnership with local farmers markets in the South Madison community.

The market basket program consists of weekly deliveries of fresh fruits and vegetables. The majority of the produce typically comes from South Madison Farmers Markets, The Rainbow Farmer’s Cooperative, or small-scale wholesalers. The types of fruits and vegetables vary each week based on seasonal availability.The Market Basket Program is a CSA-style food distribution program developed and managed by Growing Power. It is designed to connect urban consumers with small-scale, regionally local food systems.

We are introducing the idea of using bikes with trailers to deliver market baskets to popular places in the South Madison community.

Average Time Commitment: 3-4 hours per week.

Responsibilities and Expectations

  • Manage the online ordering account through Square
  • Communicate orders with local farmers
  • Communicate with customers
  • Participate in expansion meetings
  • Actively expand the program
  • Confident, safe biker who is willing to bike off campus when the weather is nice (i.e. when the roads aren’t covered in snow, ice, rain, sleet, hail)