Thank you for your interest in a farming internship with Urban Growers Collective! Please note that while we are still accepting applications, our internship program is on hold until spring of 2021.

This is an unpaid internship that requires a 6-day workweek at 40 hours per week. It is intensive and requires at least a 10-week commitment.

The goal of this internship is to provide a realistic experience as an urban farmer. Interns will work alongside UGC staff learning tangible skills and play a key role in our day-to-day operations. Because this is an unpaid internship, interns can create their own schedule. We do ask that the schedule be consistent in order to provide the best experience possible. We are looking for interns who want to become farmers. If this is not your interest, we ask that you look for another internship that will better fit your needs.

Essential Duties

  • Assisting Urban Growers Collective staff in all aspects of community food systems, urban agriculture, small farmer outreach, and youth development via innovative and sustainable approaches
  • Maintaining urban agriculture sites, including bed preparation, planting, watering, pest management, and weekly fertility applications via worm castings and compost tea
  • Harvesting and processing of produce, herbs and flowers.
  • Delivering orders to markets and accounts and delivering weekly donations to area social service agencies
  • Record keeping and data entry of harvested produce (harvest quantities, sales, donations, and waste)
  • Assisting with farm tours and garden meals
  • Operating farm stands, farmers’ market tables, and the Fresh Moves Mobile Market

Expectations of Interns

  • To maintain appropriate dress, hygiene, and conduct and to represent UGC in a positive manner
  • To bring a positive attitude, the ability to receive constructive criticism, and a strong work ethic. This is mandatory due to the nature of the work and the communities we serve
  • To demonstrate flexibility in work assignments as needed. Interns have a high level of responsibility and will be expected work as a member of the team
  • To communicate effectively with diverse audiences, staff, and management
  • To be able to multi-task, solve problems and make sound decisions

Physical Demands

Applicants with physical limitations are encouraged to propose enabling methods or less physically-demanding opportunities.

  • The ability to perform physical farm labor, which includes crouching, kneeling, squatting, bending over, and standing for long periods of time
  • The ability to handle objects and tools and to reach with hands and arms
  • The ability to lift heavy objects–upwards of 75 lbs–from different locations, use wheelbarrows, wagons, etc.
  • The ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions, including heat, cold, rain, snow, wind, etc.
  • The ability to work near apiaries and wild bee populations

What We Provide

  • Supervision from experienced UGC staff, intensive hands-on training, and skillset acquisition with the opportunity to conduct and implement independent projects
  • Continued mentoring support post-internship
  • Extensive working experience in urban agriculture working with diverse community sites and partners
  • Participation in workshops and Farmers for Chicago trainings
  • School credit, if applicable

To Apply:

Please complete the below application and send it along with your resume and three professional references to:


Urban Growers Collective
1200 W 35th St #118
Chicago, IL 60609.

While we are still accepting applications, please note that our internship program is on hold until spring of 2021. Once our program resumes, applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all positions are filled.


Please contact or call (773) 376-8882 with any questions.