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Male intern planting on a Mercer County NJ farm during his Agrihood internship

OEA’s 2024 Agrihood Internship Application is available now!

The Outdoor Equity Alliance Agrihood Internship Program is sponsored by:
Northeast Organic Farming Association New Jersey

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Advocating for organic farming, local food systems, and ecological restoration.

Work with Peers and Experts

15 Mercer County high school students will be selected to work with experts in the field of agriculture to learn about its past, present, and future implications. All OEA internships feature extensive training in developing collaboration and teamwork skills among diverse groups of people. Expert partners may offer full time work or “externships” to graduates.

Paid Internship

Your paid time will be spent on field trips, hands-on project work, and classroom-style instructions. The basics of agriculture and its role in science, community, history, society, health, and medicine will all be topics of discussion. There will be some required reading in preparation for each session. You will learn marketable skills that contribute to college and career readiness while engaging in service learning.

Learn About Farming and Yourself

The Agrihood Internship has a dual function. We teach interns the importance of the agricultural sector and its various vocations, along with food systems and farming in the context of food insecurity and the food deserts where emerging communities exist. At the same time, we impart and help them develop lifelong skills that will aid our interns in addressing those needs and others in the future in a diverse group of people and situations.


Clothes and shoes that can get muddy and dirty. Farming work includes digging, planting, watering, and harvesting. Textbook “Farming While Black” by Leah Penniman will be provided. Interns will be responsible for their own transportation and are required to commit to the full program. Transportation to the various farms will be provided from: Mercer County Community College – James Kerney Campus only (102 N. Broad St. Trenton). **Transportation from personal residence is not available.**

Agrihood intersn workin during the 2023 program

Field Trip Sites May Include:

  • Chickadee Creek Farm
  • Gravity Hill
  • Howell Living History Farm
  • Hungry Work Farm
  • Lamberton Street Garden
  • Martenette Farms
  • Mercer County Community College – James Kerney Campus Garden
  • Morganics Family Farm
  • Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum
  • Wildflower Farm

For more information email Renata Barnes, rbarnes@njoea.org.


FoHVOS/OEA 2022 Careers in Conservation Internship

Work with Peers and Experts – 20 High School students were selected from various Mercer County neighborhoods to work with community experts. Collaboration and teamwork among diverse groups is featured in all FoHVOS-OEA internships. Expert partners may offer fulltime or summer work to graduates.

20 Students • 20 Hours • $250* Upon Completion (*choose pay or service hours)

Paid Internship – Your paid time is spent on zoom trainings, field and project work. Learn marketable skills that contribute to college and career readiness while engaging in service learning. Gain experience for your resume or college application!


  • Internet access: This can be over desktop, laptop or phone.
  • Half of our sessions are over ZOOM.
  • Clothes and shoes that can get muddy and dirty.
  • Transportation is provided.
  • Applicants are required to commit to the full program.

For more information, contact Renata Barnes, Associate Directer using our contact page.

OEA/MCCC TRIO Upward Bound Program Internship

The Upward Bound Program Internship is a condensed version of our Agrihood internship, run in partnership with the Upward Bound Program at Mercer County Community College.

Similarly to our regular 10-12-week spring internships, this program runs over just 5 weeks long and consists of 4 ZOOM sessions, 1 orientation session, and 2 field trips.

Upward Bound was a great candidate for this smaller internship because it was already structured and we were able to nicely blend into the MCCC’s mission and curriculum. The interns from Upward Bound are motivated and committed to learning and generates significant ongoing interest our upcoming Spring Agrihood Internships.

Alex Rivera and Upward Bound participants
Upward Bound Internship participant in the field

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