2024 Production Intern 

Cheese InternshipLearn how cheese is made at a small farmstead cheesemaking operation. We have one position open for a student of fermentation or food science to work in the creamery this summer.  We are a 226 acre seasonal, grass-based, farmstead cow dairy with a licensed cheesemaking facility and farm store on site. The internship will benefit the farm by providing labor and support to daily operations in the creamery during peak season. The internship will benefit the student by providing hands-on learning opportunities in a small value-added food processing facility whose primary product line is crafting farmstead milk into cheese. The creamery also produces a small line of jams, pickles, and ice cream. On cheesemaking days, the intern would assist the small production crew with all aspects of the job including transfer of milk, pasteurization, milk cooling, culture addition, curd cutting, packing molds, pressing cheese, brining and cellar maintenance. The intern would also assist with breaking down wheels, retail packaging and vacuum sealing, batch tracking, and prepping wholesale orders for distribution. The intern may also assist with processing fruit into preserves and pickling makes. The farm hosts occasional agri-tourism events on the farm such as upick sunflowers, farm tours, etc. and the intern may help with these special events as needed. The primary focus of the internship is cheese production but if the intern has an interest in cows and dairy farming, exposure to milking and cattle management is an option but not required.
Accommodation on the farm is possible but not required. Housing is an RV onsite with a kitchen, bathroom and basic amenities at no cost to the intern. Utilities are provided, no meals are provided as part of this internship. Interns are compensated at $10 an hour for hours worked. If credit is possible through the students academic institution, Looking Glass Creamery, will help with this effort by completing paperwork and providing support as needed to obtain such credit.

Start Date: May 13th
End Date: August 9th
Students will work 4 to 5 days per week and average 30 to 40 hours of work per week. Student should be physically fit and capable of lifting up to 50 lbs occasionally in the form of bags of sugar, salt, cheese wheels, etc. Creamery and dairy work require standing on concrete sometimes for extended periods of time. Specific days and shift hours to be determined closer to the start of the internship. College credit may be possible as a benefit of this internship. Seeking and obtaining credit is fully the responsibility of the student. The student agrees to coordinate with their educational institution and complete any required paperwork during or after the internship. The host farm agrees to support the efforts of the student to complete any necessary documentation and complete any paperwork requested detailing the internship experience for the student’s educational institution.

LOCATION: Looking Glass Farm & Creamery located at 115 Harmon Dairy Lane, Columbus NC 28722

Please email with your interest in the internship as well as a resume. Tell us what your education and experience is as it relates to this opportunity and why you would love to intern with us.