Sustainable Food Systems Communication Intern

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Campus City:
University Park, PA
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Vice President of Research
Sustainable Food Systems Program (SFSP) and Student Farm


The Sustainable Food Systems Program (SFSP) and Student Farm is seeking a Communications Intern to support the communications, marketing and outreach goals of the program. Visit to learn more about the program. This person will work closely with the Program Director and Graphic Design Intern to initiate, coordinate and manage digital, print and creative media for the program. Hours are approximately 8-10 hours per week, with some fluctuation based on project load throughout the year. The position may include summer work, and has a good possibility of continuation for multiple semesters. Pay is $11.00/hour. Responsibilities include: Regularly update and edit the Student Farm website, including overall site structure and blog entries written by other Student Farm interns; create and post social media content and news stories for Student Farm accounts across multiple platforms; design and conduct outreach to diverse audiences across Penn State to promote opportunities and events for the SFSP and Student Farm Club; serve as the primary media contact for the SFSP and communicate with local media to promote events and other opportunities; assist with creative marketing campaigns; maintain good communications between partners including the Sustainability Institute, Housing and Food Services, key colleges and student clubs; track data relevant to program objectives, and perform recordkeeping duties; occasionally work on the Student Farm with other interns to learn about production and harvest. Qualifications are: Current Penn State student with at least a 3.0 GPA; superb written, interpersonal and oral communication skills; ability to learn quickly, prioritize multiple projects, meet deadlines and enjoy a fast-paced work environment; proficient understanding of AP style writing, adding content to websites, and social media platforms; ability to work with diverse groups or individuals in indoor and outdoor settings; ability to work with minimal supervision and manage schedule independently; an interest in and knowledge about food systems issues and concepts is strongly preferred; valid driver’s license, own transportation, computer and internet access. To apply, upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for two references. Deadline to apply is February 28, 2018.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088