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Community Based Food Systems Intern  

About the Organization Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.
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Category Internship  

POSITION TITLE: Community Based Food Systems Intern

LOCATION: Little Rock, AR or Arlington, VA

GROUP: Agriculture and Enterprise

UNIT: Wallace Center

REPORTS TO: Program Officer, Community-Based Food Systems


The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To achieve this vision, the Center builds and strengthens linkages in the emerging chain of organizations, businesses and civic efforts focused on making good food-healthy, green, fair, and affordable food-an everyday reality in every community. The Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture Group of Winrock International and works across the United States on national level initiatives as well as regionally in partnership with other organizations.

Through its Community-Based Food Systems initiative area, the Wallace Center supports and builds the capacity of community-based organizations who are developing equitable health, wealth, connection and capacity through local food systems. To achieve this, the team designs targeted training and technical assistance to partner organizations delivered through a number of modalities, including webinars, conference calls, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, peer and expert site visits, group trainings, web resources, workshops, and one-on-one support. In late January 2018, the team will launch the Food Systems Leadership Network, a new national Community of Practice (CoP) which aims to support leaders and staff of community-based, non-profit organizations working on food systems change in communities across the country. This Network will build capacity, foster linkages and relationships, share best practices and lessons learned, and solve challenges resulting in more viable local food systems and healthier communities.


As part of the Community-Based Food Systems team, the Intern will play a key role in supporting the new national Community of Practice (CoP) and provide day-to-day administrative support for the team. In particular, the Intern will provide back-of-the-house coordination support for the Organizational Capacity Building Mini-Grants and Professional Development Scholarships programs, as well as administrative support for the Community Food Systems Mentorship program of the Food Systems Leadership Network. This provides a great opportunity to learn about grantmaking and general program coordination. The Intern will also contribute to the preparation for and production of the National Good Food Network Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in March, and a food systems leadership retreat in New Orleans. The Intern will work with other members of the Wallace Center team in support of these projects as well as independently to achieve project and initiative goals.

This position offers the successful candidate a diverse and meaningful experience with a dynamic and leading organization in the field. While primarily office based, this position will offer the successful candidate a high level of engagement with critical issues and strategies in the expansion of sustainable and equitable food systems and with those leading this work across the US. The ideal candidate will be passionate about supporting community-based food systems organizations and be excited about and fluent in utilizing technology and social media to engage and connect people for purpose. They will have excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills, be committed to racial equity and inclusion, be an energetic hard worker and have a positive outlook and attitude.This is a full-time, 6-month internship opportunity anticipated to begin Monday Feb. 12, 2018.


  • Assist with coordination of the Professional Development Scholarship and Organizational Capacity Building Mini-Grants programs of the Food Systems Leadership Network, including organizing applications, preparing for review sessions, preparing communications with grantees, processing awards, and organizing reports;
  • Assist with the Community Food Systems Mentorship program by organizing applications, tracking/monitoring engagement on the online portal, and providing other support as needed;
  • Support data entry for project management and program monitoring and evaluation, in particular the Organizational Capacity Assessment Tool that will be used in the program;
  • Providw administrative support at meetings, including coordinating schedules and taking notes;
  • Assist with travel preparations and logistics;
  • Curat content/stories for the online digital platform, social media, etc.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Education: Minimum of a BA/BS degree in food systems, community development, business, journalism, communications, policy, research, or related field.

Experience: Past coursework, internship, work, or volunteer experience in food systems, community-based organizations, program development, social entrepreneurship, community development, grantmaking, marketing or communications. Experience or interest working with those with limited food access and historically excluded groups.


Detail-oriented and organized, with ability to create and track large numbers of files and contacts.

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.

Demonstrated cross-cultural skills and cultural adaptability in order to be productive in diverse cultural settings.

Other: Interest in or knowledge of sustainable agriculture, local food/food systems or community development demonstrated by past coursework, internship, volunteer or work experience.

Must not require sponsorship to work in the U.S.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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