Yale Sustainable Food Program

The Lazarus Summer Internship


Lazarus Summer Internship in Food and Agriculture

Since 2003, the Yale Sustainable Food Program has awarded Yale College students an
opportunity to engage directly in food and agriculture through hands-on learning at the Yale Farm and in the broader community. Each summer, a select group of Lazarus Summer Interns:

  • Learn how to cultivate our one-acre urban plot at hand-scale, using organic methods including seeding, pest management, crop rotation, and irrigation
  • Become familiar with agricultural economics
  • Learn the critical thinking skills necessary to manage complex agricultural systems
  • Hone teaching and public speaking skills while hosting groups and volunteers each week
  • Gain a unique understanding of food security issues in New Haven
  • Learn how to market vegetables to urban consumers
  • Participate in classes on food, agriculture, and the environment
  • Take a series of field trips to farms and organizations across Connecticut and New England

The Yale Sustainable Food Program is dedicated to educating the next generation of food literate leaders. The Lazarus Summer Internship can act as a springboard for students who are looking to incorporate tenets of sustainable food and agriculture into their course of study at Yale and their subsequent careers. The Internship is made possible thanks to the George & Shelly Lazarus Fund in Sustainable Food and Agriculture. 


We are now accepting applications to the 2017 Lazarus Summer Internship!

Read an overview of the 2017 Internship HERE.

Application deadline is Saturday, February 4, 2017, 11:00 p.m.

To apply:

Sign into Symplicity, run by the Yale Office of Career Strategy and search for “Lazarus Summer Internship in Sustainable Food and Agriculture.”

NOTE: This opportunity is only open to Yale undergraduates only.

Meet Lazarus Summer Interns from years past

Bernardo Bárzana PC ‘16 is pursuing a degree in Philosophy. Lately he has become interested in the problem of modern nihilism: in an age where political and religious institutions no longer have the power and authority they once did, what can we turn to in order to make our lives seem meaningful? Bernardo is interested in how sustainability as an ideology can be a solution to the problem of nihilism. Other than ponder heavy questions, Bernardo likes to play soccer, read Russian literature and play the guitar. At Yale he has written for the multicultural magazine Accent, sung for the African chorus Asempa, and been vice-president of the Yale Mexican Student Organization. He hopes that the Lazarus Internship will give him the opportunity to understand the meaning and relevance of sustainability more thoroughly as well as a chance to spend time outside.

Tasnim Elboute BK ’17 is pursuing a degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Food & Agriculture. Tasnim was introduced to the academic study of food at the Chewonki Semester School where she also first worked on a farm. Since graduating from the School, Tasnim has been interested in urban food production. She is especially interested in the community building and cultural exchange that occur in urban gardens. Tasnim hopes that the Internship will give her an understanding of the inner workings of an urban farm, as well as how it compares to other food production models. Beyond the Farm, Tasnim works with the Yale Women’s Center, Women’s Leadership Initiative, and as a student journalist. 

Hannah Hauptman JE ‘18 is planning to double major in Environmental Studies and History, with a particular focus on the intersections between cultural and environmental history. Through the Farm Internship, amongst other projects, she hopes to balance her academic interests with tangible projects that combine environmental sustainability and improving public health. Off the Farm, Hannah is also involved with the Yale Undergraduate Prison Project, the YHHAP VITA program and plays with Ramona, the women’s Ultimate Frisbee team.

Michael Lebwohl PC ‘17 is pursuing a major in Chemistry. Michael has been interested in sustainable agriculture since reading Jonathan Safran Foer’s Eating Animals in his sophomore year of high school, and is especially interested in animal agriculture . During the academic year, Michael works at the Yale College Writing Center and mentors in New Haven public schools through the Jones-Zimmerman Academic Mentoring Program, and is on the board of the Yale Student Environmental Coalition.

Alma Alegria SM ‘15 is pursuing a degree in American Studies. Much of Alma’s undergraduate work has focused on issues of poverty: immigration, multiculturalism, incarceration, feminism, interventionist theatre, and journalism. Alma has become increasingly interested in issues of food justice and access, as well as environmental sustainability. She hopes that the Internship will help her better approach food problems faced by her community in South Central Los Angeles and also delve deeper into issues of food justice and security. Alma has worked as the Undergraduate Outreach Coordinator for the Black Feminist Reading Group, helped created a financial aid coalition with other undergraduates, and served as a member of the Feminist Majority Foundation.

Sarah Gross PC ‘17 is undecided about her major. During the academic year, Sarah spends many hours a week volunteering on the Yale Farm and is committed to promoting a more sustainable food system. Sarah spent a semester at the Mountain School of Milton Academy in high school, and led an initiative her senior year to turn an empty terrace area at her own high school into a roof garden and outdoor learning laboratory. Beyond the Farm, Sarah acts as the YSEC Food Action Committee’s Garden Liason, and is a member of the New Haven Land Trust’s Gardens Committee.

Rhoni Gericke BR ‘17 is too curious about everything around her, and so still isn’t quite sure of what she wants to do (engineering, environmental studies, economics or theater?!). As a child she collected plants from all-over to brew cough-syrup extracts for her sick sister (based on solid research in botanical gardens and books, of course). Today she loves the outdoors and is interested in agriculture and the issues related to healthy eating for all, nutrition and health diseases, taking our amazing planet into consideration. She is also fascinated by the role agriculture plays in beauty care products. But these enormous industries are each led by giant profit-making corporations and their domestic scientists and technicians…yet here science and calories don’t always add up. What next?

Ryan Mera Evans ES ‘17 is pursing a degree in American Studies with a concentration in Urban Studies. Ryan came to the Internship with an interest in exploring contemporary issues in environmental education and justice in poor, urban communities. Ryan participated in the Harvest pre-orientation program as an incoming freshman, and during the academic year, Ryan is also involved with WYBCx Yale Radio, Ezra Stiles Class Council, the People’s Art Collective, and New Haven Free Skool.

Yetunde Meroe, MC ‘16 is pursuing a degree in Chemical Engineering. Yetunde has worked at the Transformative Materials and Design Laboratory as an undergraduate researcher, and is excited to bridge the gap between engineering and agriculture. Yetunde’s other activities at Yale include playing women’s rugby, volunteering for YHHAP, working as a Bulldog Sustainability Research Assistant, and serving as the student manager for the Afro-American Cultural Center.

Margaret Shultz ES ‘16 is pursuing a degree in English Literature with a concentration in Creative Writing. Margaret has spent summers working on ZJ Farm in Solon, Iowa, and is working to find a way to combine her love of poetry and farm work. Margaret is a regular volunteer at the Farm during the school year, and you can usually find her making candied ginger or some kind of delicious pickle from the Farm’s produce. Beyond the Farm, Margaret works at the Yale Library, founded the Arcades Poetry Zine, and has acted as both staff and Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Literary Magazine.

Ryan Simpson JE ‘17 is pursuing a degree in Global Affairs. Since the beginning of his freshman year, Ryan has been working on an entrepreneurial venture focusing on agriculture and irrigation in Sub-Saharan Africa, entitled “Irrigation: Africa.” Ryan hopes to implement a small scale pilot at the West Campus Farm, and use what he learns on the Yale Farm to inform his irrigation venture as it continues to grow. Beyond the Farm, Ryan plays on the Yale Men’s Soccer team, is involved with the Yale Model United Nations, and is pursuing fluency in Arabic and Chinese.