Intern at The Plant!
Plant Chicago, NFP is currently accepting internship applications for all of our non-profit programs.
Internship positions are filled on a rolling basis, and applications will be reviewed until the positions are filled. To apply, please send a completed Internship Application in an email to email@example.com with the subject line “Plant Chicago Internship.”
Please note: all internships are unpaid. Please see the Note about Funding, below.
Aquaponics/Indoor Farming Internship
Plant Chicago is testing indoor, closed-loop food production through aquaponic farming, where we raise fish to use their waste as fertilizer for leafy green plants, ranging from arugula to basil to chard. These plants are grown directly in water that circulates from the fish tanks to the growing beds and back again. The major tasks involved are planning crop schedules based on season and demand, seeding crops and transplanting seedlings, monitoring the health of the plants through visual inspection and chemical testing, implementing organic pest control as needed, feeding and monitoring the fish, and harvesting, preparing, and selling produce at markets and grocery stores.
Outdoor Farming Internship
(This is currently a seasonal position which runs from March to November)
This position will work with our Farm Manager and Outdoor Garden Coordinator to develop the outdoor gardens in The Plant’s yard. Plant Chicago outdoor space is relatively small, but has big plans to expand in the coming years. The outdoor farm uses intensive and organic production methods to grow a wide variety of fruits and vegetables to sell at market. Major tasks are planning crop schedules based on season and demand, seeding crops and transplanting seedlings, monitoring the health of the plants through visual inspection, implementing organic pest control as needed, and harvesting, preparing, selling produce at markets and grocery stores.
Mycology/Mushroom Farming Internship
The Plant Chicago mushroom farm raises specialty mushrooms indoors and outdoors. Successful production requires lab work and sterilization, shredding and pasteurizing straw, making straw production logs and inoculating them, and harvesting and preparing mushrooms for distribution and sale.
Microgreens Farm Internship
Plant Chicago’s microgreens farm is an indoor growing operation where we seed and grow a wide variety of healthy greens for harvest at very early stages of their growth for sale to restaurants. This project’s major tasks include planning crop schedules based on demand, cleaning and preparing production trays, seeding greens, and harvesting, preparing, and transporting the greens to restaurants.
Education and Marketing Programs Internship
The education program at Plant Chicago focuses on education to the public and to organizations
like schools, community groups, and nonprofits in the form of tours of The Plant, workshops, and
special events. Major tasks include serving as a tour guide, event coordination, volunteer
coordination, social media engagement, marketing, and fundraising.