Student Internship Positions

The Cornell Small Farms Program offers full-time student positions in the summer, with additional opportunities into the academic school year. They are based on Cornell University's Ithaca campus, and are currently hiring students for the 2023-2024 academic year.

About the Cornell Small Farms Program: We envision a future where diverse and vibrant urban and rural farms build human capacity, revitalize communities, supply regional food systems, and foster ecological resilience in a changing world.  We do this by supporting and developing small farms-focused research and extension programs and fostering state-wide collaborations in support of farmers. Learn more at:

Hours and Pay Rate: School year positions are 10 hours per week, with start and end dates based on semester schedules. The summer positions run from mid-May to mid-August at 39 hours per week, but exact dates are flexible. Hourly rates start at $14.25+ based on experience.

Job Description: Our student positions offer an opportunity to gain experience in communications, educational programming, and applied research serving small farms in New York and the Northeast.

Responsibilities are split between hands-on, research and outreach/extension efforts and can vary depending on the unique strengths and interests of candidates. Project details and current activities can be found at:

Student work and responsibilities will fall within staff-directed projects, such as:

  • Communications and outreach for small farms — Develop your writing, editing and content curation skills by supporting our program's ongoing communications efforts. This includes daily social media and news posts, production of a twice-monthly newsletter and quarterly magazine, plus other marketing materials as needed.
  • Educating military veterans in agriculture — Help plan, promote and tell stories about our Farm Ops project for military veterans interested in farming and other agricultural careers.
  • Workforce development and management training — Support the Futuro project with interviews, data collection, and storytelling to serve LatinX farm employees. This work can also include support of our Spanish-first resource development and translation.
  • Support of urban agriculture resource creation — Work with educators to create curriculum and resources that highlight the important considerations to farm in an urban environment, as well as share examples of successful urban farms.


  • Some familiarity with farming or agriculture and enthusiasm for learning more about small farms in NY
  • Interest in agricultural research and ability to conduct physical work in a field setting
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to work well independently and in a team
  • Ability to work with and organize data in Excel for analysis
  • Must be comfortable learning to use programs such as WordPress, email management platforms, Google Drive and Google Analytics
  • Work-study students preferred but not required
  • Fluency or proficiency in Spanish preferred but not required


How to Apply: Send a detailed resume and cover letter to Kacey Deamer at Include in your cover letter whether you are eligible for work-study.


Deadline: Applications are now open for full-time and part-time positions for the summer and 2023-2024 school year. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.