*Disclaimer: The Career Development in Land and Food Systems course is the updated title of the previously-named Career Development in Land and Food Systems Internship.
Food Skills Intern
Seth Friedman, Practicum Coordinator
What are you studying?
I am in my fourth year, studying food systems in the Global Resource Systems in LFS.
What was your role as an intern?
My role as a Food Skills Intern includes scheduling and facilitating workshops, this includes communicating with workshop presenters about their availability and desires. Other roles includes creating sign-up pages, event listing for the workshops and communicating with the community members attending the workshops.
What did you get out of doing this internship?
From this internship, I gained the opportunity to connect with many people that come from outside UBC. I had the chance to connect with different community members and workshop presenters.
What was the most surprising thing you learned?
One of the most surprising thing I learned is how such seemingly small tasks can balloon into hours worth of work!
Why are you interested in working within the food system?
I was initially attracted to this internship because the workshop programming includes so many forms of creativity, whether that’s cooking or weaving. Usually, creativity within school work exists in such specific confines, having part of my life incorporated with both creativity and the outside world is amazing.
What would you like students to know about the CSFS at UBC Farm?
I would like the students to know that there are so many opportunities to be involved in on the UBC Farm; and even a small connection to someone can expand upon itself in so many ways. It’s these small connections and small interactions which lead to greater achievements or accomplishments. Those connections where you meet someone and you just hit it off, and you communicate well — it can open doors for you.
What is your favourite thing to do at the UBC Farm?
My time at the UBC Farm has been varied, from doing labs as part of classes to volunteering with the BC Seeds Trial research project and doing this internship. One of my favourite things to do at the UBC Farm is to observe the different ways people are experiencing the Farm and all of the different realms it exist in. For example, you can be walking around at the Farm and see a PhD student’s research happening right next to a crop that will be sold at the farmers’ market. While I do love seeing different ways people utilize the UBC Farm, my favourite thing to do has to be attending the workshops.