American Farmland Trust is the only national organization that takes a holistic approach to agriculture, focusing on the land itself, the agricultural practices used on that land, and the farmers and ranchers who do the work. Since our founding in 1980, AFT has helped permanently protect over 6.5 million acres of agricultural lands, advanced environmentally-sound farming practices on millions of additional acres, and helped thousands of farm families (primarily through programs that increase farm viability and/or enhance farmland access). Long a pioneering leader, AFT is now riding a new wave of growth, driven by agriculture’s most pressing needs and opportunities.
The Farmland Information Center Policy Research Intern will conduct research and collect resources relating to state and local farmland protection programs and laws, policies, and programs that encourage the implementation of conservation practices. Interns are expected to attend regular check-in meetings with the project team (by phone or video call) to report on progress and ask questions. Typically, internships involve 10-15 hours of work per week for 10 to 12 weeks (depending on the start date). The project team is based in American Farmland Trust’s (AFT) Northampton, Massachusetts, office. Interns have worked on site and remotely. The internship start date will be in September.