March 31, 2021

Internships at Forager: Summer 2021

Join us this summer! You will learn a lot of valuable skills, and will help contribute to making a more healthy, resilient and sustainable food system.

Julia Nelson

Spring is in the air, the sun is shining, the grass is growing and you're wondering what to do with your summer. Why not join us?  

We're a committed group of food industry professionals, chefs, gardeners, and food enthusiasts in beautiful Portland, ME. Our mission is to rebuild the food system and make locally sourced food more widely available to everyone.   Watch this video to meet our summer interns from last year and learn more about why they chose to work at Forager. Then see the job description and application instructions below.

Summer Startup Intern 2021

We are an early-stage tech startup with the mission of making local food more widely available for everyone. We are looking for motivated and thoughtful individuals with a passion for the local food economy to join our Maine-based team remotely for the late spring and summer.

About Forager: Forager is a digital B2B procurement platform for local food, designed to simplify the sourcing process for wholesale buyers and local food suppliers. Our mission is to make locally sourced food more widely available for everyone, which we believe is only possible when it becomes just as easy to buy from independent local farms as it is from broadline distributors. Our solution streamlines every step of the sourcing process for local food from procurement to payment and it also provides ways to make new connections and receive valuable data about your purchasing trends.  We save time and cost in local sourcing, so buyers and farmers can focus on what they love most: sharing and growing local food.

Since launching its beta in June 2016, Forager has enabled millions of dollars of local sourcing, while cutting costs for buyers and increasing sales for suppliers. We work with more than 35 buyers and 400 suppliers in 10 states across the US. 

About the Position: The Startup Intern will have the opportunity to explore various aspects of an early stage tech startup, participate in internal strategic meetings and operations, and take ownership of their own projects. There are many opportunities for engagement with our different projects but the bulk of the interns’ responsibilities will likely relate to one or more of the following initiatives:

  • Sales and Marketing:  Generating a target list of prospective customers; developing new sales materials and ideas; constructing and executing outreach campaigns;  working with our team to expand the pipeline; devising new strategies, original content, and targeted ads to strengthen our online presence.
  • Customer Success: Engaging first-hand with our user onboarding and account management process, tracking customer feedback and user behavior on the platform, generating reports to assist in marketing and product development decisions, researching and recruiting new suppliers to join the platform in new geographies
  • Data Analysis: Analyzing data generated from platform activities to get actionable insights into user behavior, product pricing, and crop planning; assisting with crafting illustrative data visualizations for internal and external uses; maintaining and streamlining existing databases used for sales, marketing, and customer success.
  • Digital Content Creation & Design: Working on updating our website and creating new marketing and sales content; Researching and gathering content and assets about our suppliers and buyers for these sites. 

About You

  • Self-starter who takes ownership of their projects and takes on new initiatives
  • Fast learner who can quickly learn new skills and contribute new ideas
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills
  • Ability to work well independently and remotely 
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in working with farmers or distributors, digital marketing and analytics, CRM is a plus

This position is unpaid and can be for course credit. Hours and location can be flexible and we anticipate this internship to be fully remote due to social distancing guidelines during COVID-19. Please tell us about your strengths and interests in the cover letter, and send it along with your résumé to