Grocery/Urban Ag Research Internship – Philadelphia, PA

posted April 26, 2009

There are plenty of opportunities out there for Urban Agriculture types…

Click here to download a full position posting: urbane-dev-internship-grocery-and-agriculture

AGENCY DESCRIPTION:
Urbane Development is a community and economic development firm, located in Philadelphia, PA, working with urban communities to strengthen their asset base – businesses, real estate, and human capital – to catalyze a truly comprehensive and sustainable revitalization process. Urbane engages clients through three core service components: retail attraction and retention program design for municipalities and other economic development entities; small business operational technical assistance, and sustainable design and development of commercial and mixed-use real estate. Urbane’s client base includes municipalities, economic development agencies, financial institutions, real estate developers, and small businesses throughout the US.

INTERN RESPONSIBILITIES:
Under the supervision of the Urbane Development management team, the intern will participate in research and project development for grocery/food retail strategies and small-scale commercial urban agriculture ventures in target areas in Philadelphia. The intern will also be responsible for assisting with research for development/fundraising for projects in target area:

Develop case studies for current projects grocery/food retail projects
Research model urban agriculture programs
Assist in developing urban agriculture strategy
Research and compile various food industry resources (food retail, produce, dairy, et al)
Research RMA standards for various industries
Research on municipal, state, and federal economic development programs and incentives
Research on municipal, state, and federal green/sustainable programs and incentives
Research federal stimulus opportunities relevant to target area initiatives
Research foundation resources relevant to target area initiatives

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND:
Bachelor’s Degree or commensurate work experience. Recent graduate or Master’s candidate with relevant coursework or focus of study preferred.

SKILLS REQUIRED:
Strong web and archive research skills
Fluency with Microsoft Office programs
Ability to prepare written reports based on data analysis, including tables and graphs
Excellent oral and written communication skills, with ability to communicate with diverse populations
Well organized with attention to detail
Ability to meet deadlines
Professional demeanor

EXPERIENCE OR SPECIAL SKILLS DESIRED:
Experience with grocery/food retail industry, agricultural, or other food-based industry or enterprise a plus
Experience with green/sustainable building, systems, materials, or policy advocacy
Familiarity with public and private community agencies in Philadelphia
Experience with fundraising or organizational development

SCHEDULE: Minimum of 10 weeks beginning May or June 2008. Flexible Schedule 10-15 hours per week, some tasks may be able to be performed remotely. Please advise if available beyond 10 week period.

COMPENSATION: $10-12/hr

CONTACT: Please contact Urbane Development at info@urbane-dev.com with a resume and cover letter.