POSITION TITLE: Intern, Sustainable and Equitable Food Systems
LOCATION: Arlington, VA
UNIT: Wallace Center
REPORTS TO: Program Officer
The Wallace Center has been a key organization in fostering a more sustainable food and agricultural system in the U.S. since 1983. Today, the Wallace Center is focused on expanding and accelerating the expansion of sustainable and regional food systems throughout the U.S., with a vision for a healthy small and mid-size farm sector and regional food system the offers more good food—healthy, green, fair, affordable food—to more people. Wallace Center is achieving this through regional partnerships, developing new knowledge, building capacity and networking in order to “scale up” the good food value chain beyond the direct marketing realm to retail and institutional markets and other wholesale markets.
Wallace Center is looking for an intern that will support the following program:
The Wallace Center’s Strengthening Sustainable Farming and Food Hub Development project’s purpose is to support more sustainable agriculture and expand opportunities for small farmers by building the capacity of food hubs to be successful. The program’s specific objectives include: building food hubs’ capacity to overcome current challenges and position them for long-term success through technical assistance and a re-granting program; building small farm capacity and that of their food hub partners to increase and diversity production quantity and quality; and expanding the capacity of the National Good Food Network and its Food Hub Collaboration to assist food hubs and small farm and inform stakeholders of their status and impact.
This six month internship is focused on supporting the Strengthening Sustainable Farming and Food Hub Development initiative described above. The Intern will provide support for outreach activities including technical assistance provision, research, conferences, events, meetings, and communications. This position offers the successful candidate a diverse and meaningful experience in the area of food systems with a dynamic and leading organization in the field.
- Provide support on management of grantees, consultants, and contractors
- Provide support to Wallace Center events and meetings
- Help collect data on project evaluation and draft reports for funders
- Draft monthly newsletters
- Provide staff support for travel
- Provide support at meetings, including coordinating schedules and taking notes
- Assist in the maintenance of Wallace Center project files, websites and social media
- Communicate with a wide range of stakeholders working in food systems and market-based change
- Provide research support as needed
- Assist with targeted outreach to local, state, and national organizations and research institutions to identify relevant materials and contacts
- Other duties as assigned
QUALIFICATIONS AND BACKGROUND:
Education: Minimum of a BA/BS degree in food systems, business, journalism, communications, policy, research, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
Experience: Past coursework, internship, work, or volunteer experience in food systems and food research, program development or communications. Experience or interest working with those with limited food access and/or disadvantaged populations.
- Detail-oriented and organized, with ability to create and track large numbers of files and contacts.
- Confident and effective working independently and being managed remotely
- Fast and accurate research skills gained from past coursework, internship, volunteer, or work experience. Research may be conducted online, in person, over the phone, or via electronic database(s).
- Excellent writing skills, including ability to understand, organize, and distill information from a variety of sources into concise content tailored to the reader. Ability to take accurate notes at meetings.
- Excellent communication skills; able to communicate with diplomacy and tact to motivate and get positive results from people.
- Knowledge of and comfort with Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, and digital images.
- Demonstrated cross-cultural skills and cultural adaptability in order to be productive in diverse cultural settings. Ability to communicate in a culturally appropriate and sensitive manner, to effectively bring out the best in people of varying backgrounds. Ability to connect people of different socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and help them find common ground.
- Interest in or knowledge of sustainable agriculture, local food/food systems or community development demonstrated by past coursework, internship, volunteer or work experience.
This internship is paid, with compensation depending upon experience. Must not require sponsorship to work in the U.S.