Food Inspired Resilience & Equity Internship
Photo above: Spring 2022 FIRE interns and food council hosts at their final celebration.
Food councils and students working together on local food, community, and equity work.
We’re looking for five food council mentor host sites and five students to join the 2022-2023 FIRE internship program.
To receive and host an intern, food councils can complete this form by 12pm on June 24th.
To be an intern, students can complete this interest form to receive notification of job opening. The official job will be posted in July once we have finalized the food council host sites.
Eligibility: Students currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program at any North Carolina university, college, or community college across the state, or students that have recently graduated from one (within the last 6 months).
These interns will support local food councils across the state with projects like research, meeting facilitation, logistical support, and communications.
2022-2023 FIRE Internship Overview
- This program will host up to five student or recently graduated student interns, during 2022-2023 academic year (September to May), to support local food councils’ community and equity work. These interns will support local food councils across the state with projects like research, meeting facilitation, logistical support, and communications.
The student interns may assist the councils with projects that support food council work, such as:
- Researching issues, policies, communications, and practices around local food and health equity work
- Coordinating food council meetings with agendas, communication, and facilitation
- Establishing/increasing an online or social media presence and using analytics to maintain an online presence
- Writing educational and promotional materials for community distribution
- Assisting with program coordination and logistics
- Researching and supporting funder/donor opportunities
- Developing and maintaining community partnerships
- Interns will be paid $15/hr for approximately up to 15 hrs/wk from September 2022 to May 2023, with an end of the year break. Interns must be able to commit to working at least 12 hours per week.
- Potential for internship extension based on grant and intern fit.
- Opportunity to connect with and learn from community leaders across the state.
- Ability to support grassroots food initiatives working to uplift their community assets.
Food Council Host Site Responsibilities:
- Must be engaged in the NC Food Council Network
- Create a scope of work for the intern
- Participate in intern candidate interviews
- Provide a supervisor or mentor for the intern for guidance, accountability, and support
- Complete an evaluation of the program for future improvements
Center for Environmental Farming Systems Responsibilities:
- Will manage the intern administration, including hiring, tracking hours, and payment
- Will hold bi-weekly check-ins with each intern and offer bi-weekly cohort calls for group learning and professional development
- Applications open July, 2022
- Applications due August 24, 2022
- Interviews in late August
- Proposed start date September 26, 2022
- End date May 1, 2023
- Enthusiasm for local foods and a respect for health equity work in diverse communities
- Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program at any North Carolina university, college, or community college across the state, or have recently graduated in the past six months
- The interns will be chosen based on the communities and local food councils they will serve, as well as student interest and experiences.
Student Preferences: (Specific skills necessary will differ based on internship placement.)
- Must be passionate about local food systems (e.g. food, agriculture, health), are hard-working, self-motivated, and have a positive attitude.
- Ability to take direction, show initiative, and work well in a team as well as independently
- Excellent communication and organizational skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to be flexible – to adapt to a changing work environment responding to community needs.
- Must be flexible and open to working with multiple mentors (Food Council leaders, CEFS staff, Community Food Strategies staff)
- Experience/study in agriculture or food systems related field, including Biology, Agriculture, Agriculture Business, Public Administration, Recreation, Social Work, Political Science, Health, or Criminal Justice
- Students who:
- Live or attend school in communities in close proximity to the host site organization of their choice
- Are from underrepresented communities
Community Food Strategies works to inspire connections and amplify collective action so that community voices are heard and food policy shifts toward more equitable outcomes.
Our ultimate purpose is to help build an equitable, community driven food system that improves the quality of life for all people. Learn more here.
North Carolina Local Food Council serves as a collaborative network across various organizations, agencies, and groups whose statewide work supports vibrant farmers and fisheries, healthy people, strong communities, thriving local economies, and resilient ecosystems through a common aim: NC’s local food system. Learn more here.
This internship program is financially supported by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
CEFS envisions a future of vibrant farms, resilient ecosystems, strong communities, healthy people, and thriving local economies. CEFS is one of the nation’s most important centers for research, extension, and education in sustainable agriculture and community-based food systems. It is recognized as a national and international leader in the local foods movement, and celebrated for its work in building consensus around policies, programs, and actions that facilitate a vibrant local food economy.
CEFS was born from the shared conviction that a land-grant-university-based research, education, and extension program focused on organic and sustainable agriculture could have a significant and essential impact in North Carolina.