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  • Donation Station – Tuscarawas Summer Internship 2022
  • Internship Advisor: Johna Metcalf /
  • Internship Site: New Philadelphia, Ohio

Project Overview: This internship is for anyone who has an interest in gaining real-world experience in a farmers market setting. Throughout the required hours for this position, an intern will engage with customers, collect donations, visit vendor stands to make purchases, organize produce and other foods, and assist with distribution to receiving organizations.

Project Duration: The internship will span 85 hours of work over 10 weeks from June to August. Each of the weeks will consist of one hour of setup for the market, four hours of market time, one hour of tear down and loading after the market, and a one-hour office check-in. Additionally, five hours of coaching and training time are included in the total amount of hours. The Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market operates from 3-7 pm on Wednesdays. All necessary supplies and training will be provided.

Project Stipend: Upon the successful completion of the internship, the intern will receive a $1,000 cash stipend. The recipient is responsible for any applicable taxes or withholdings.

Description of Services: The intern will assist weekly by staffing a donation station at the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market. The intern will be responsible for booth set-up and tear-down. They will interact with market patrons throughout the day.

At the completion of the day, they will assist with purchasing produce from vendors or other food using the funds donated for the day. Finally, they will assist with loading donated and purchased produce onto receiving organization’s vehicles. In addition to weekly Farmers Market responsibilities, the intern will also participate in regular check-ins with Rural Action service members and staff and may participate in other office projects as wanted and possible.

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate will possess excellent social skills, have the ability to communicate clearly, and have impeccable organization skills. They will be able to adapt and solve problems as they arise, work well with others, and be comfortable handling money and doing basic record keeping. They can lift up to 40 pounds regularly and have at least a high school diploma. Most of all, they will be excited about community development work and will be earnest in their engagements with community members while discussing how access to nutritious and affordable food is a cornerstone of strong, vibrant economies and communities.


  • Weekly staffing of a booth at the Tuscarawas Valley Farmers Market between 2-7:30pm
  • Weekly record keeping and accounting of both cash donations and physical donation (including weighing and recording produce and food donations)
  • Email communication with supervisors on a weekly basis reviewing activities and plan for donation distribution

The Intern Agrees to: comply with the organization’s policies and procedures; follow protocols for dress, appropriate behavior, correspondence and workspace maintenance; complete any necessary training prior to the internship; attend the internship site during scheduled work dates/times, notifying internship advisor of absence or late arrival with sufficient notice prior to start time; meet school requirements to receive academic credit (if applicable); perform responsibilities timely and satisfactorily; and inform intern supervisor of any problems or concerns.

The Supervisor and Organization Agree to: adhere to all state and federal labor laws; provide a safe work zone; conduct appropriate training for the Intern; establish a set work schedule for the Intern; and provide the Intern with periodic feedback and constructive criticism.

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