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Last updated: 2/12/18

Food Access internships

We’re looking for interns to help us during the spring and summer.

We are no longer accepting applications for 2018. We'll update this page with information on future internships later in the year.

The Mayor’s Office of Food Access and the Boston Food Access Council are both seeking interns for 2018. We have more information about what we’re looking for in our interns at the bottom of this page. To apply, please complete the City’s online internship application. Make sure to write "Mayor’s Office of Food Access" as the specific department you want to work with. You can also mention in your cover letter which position you’re interested in.

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Available internships

Available internships

We’re looking for a graduate student to fill the roll of Boston Food Access Council intern. You’ll be working with the Food Access Office’s Food Security Fellow. You’ll help the council with communication and logistical support. Activities include:

Setting up our quarterly meetings

We need you to communicate with council members, as needed. We need help reserving space and other logistics for our meetings. We’ll also need you to post our meeting information online, in accordance with Open Meeting Law.

You’ll prepare the meeting agenda, slides, and other materials. You’ll take meeting minutes and post documents online after our meetings. We also need you to promote our meetings through social media and other media.

Working group meetings

You’ll help the working group chair set up our working group meetings. We’ll need you to communicate with group members. You will also reserve space and perform other logistics for our meetings. You’ll also need to:

  • prepare meeting agendas, slides, and other materials
  • take meeting minutes, and
  • follow-up after meetings, as needed.
Research

We need help researching policy and program ideas. You’ll help us create documents for the City of Boston administration and public, including:

  • policy and program analyses
  • briefings, and
  • other materials.
Preferred Skills

We’re looking for candidates with strong writing and communications skills. You should be able to prepare reports, presentations, and briefings. We’re also looking for candidates with experience performing research and literature reviews.

You should have the ability to work by yourself, but know when to ask for help. We’re looking for candidates with a background in food policy, public policy and administration, or another related field. You should also be familiar with the concepts of:

  • food insecurity
  • food justice
  • food equity
  • health equity, and
  • other food-related issues.
Internship timeline

Your work will take place during spring and summer 2018. Your weekly schedule can be flexible and based on your availability. But, you must attend Boston Food Access Council meetings. These meetings take place on Thursday evenings (most likely on March 8 and June 14). You’ll need to work between 8 - 12 hours each week. You may have to work more hours in the weeks leading up to and council meetings.

Compensation

This internship will be unpaid. We also give priority to students seeking to fulfill a course requirement through this internship, such as a practicum.

Want to apply?

Please complete the City’s online internship application. Make sure to write "Mayor’s Office of Food Access" as the specific department you want to work with. You can also mention in your cover letter that you’re interested in the Boston Food Access Council internship.

The deadline to apply is Friday, December 29, 2017.

We’re looking for a graduate or undergraduate student to help with our City of Boston Food Resource Map. The map is shows locations where people can find free, low-cost, and emergency food resources.

Background

We created and handed out the first version of this map in fall 2017. We want to make sure this continues to stay updated. We plan to make future versions of the map available at the start of each summer. Farmers markets start up around that time. Also, when summer begins, some children lose access to valuable free school meals.

In this role, you will help us update our food resource list and map. Some of your responsibilities include:

  • managing the updates to our printed and online map
  • meeting with the groups that helped hand out our map for community feedback
  • setting up the printing of the map
  • coordinating how we distribute the map to our partners inside and outside of the City
  • working with our partners to promote the map, and
  • evaluating how much the map is helping community organizations.

You will work with many of our partners inside and outside of the City. You’ll get exposure to the work of food insecurity happening across Boston. If the timing works out, we also plan to allow you to work on other projects in the Mayor’s Office of Food Access.

Preferred Skills

We want candidates with with a strong attention to detail. You should be able to handle many tasks at once while working by yourself. We also want someone who can be effective while communicating with our community partners. You should also be familiar with the concepts of:

  • food insecurity
  • food justice
  • food equity
  • health equity, and
  • other food-related issues.
  • Internship timeline

You’ll work over the course of your spring 2018 semester. We expect the project will end in May 2018. We’d like you to start no later than January, but we’re flexible. Your weekly schedule can also be flexible, based on student’s availability. We expect you to work 5 - 10 hours each week.

Compensation

This internship is unpaid.

Want to apply?

Please complete the City’s online internship application. Make sure to write "Mayor’s Office of Food Access" as the specific department you want to work with. You can also mention in your cover letter that you’re interested in the Food Resources internship.

The deadline to apply is Friday, December 29, 2017.

About us

Food Access

The Mayor's Office of Food Access wants everyone to have access to nutritious food. That food should be affordable, easy to find, and reflect the many cultures of our City.

Our goal is to create a more food secure community with a vibrant, inclusive food culture. We want to reflect the diversity of the residents of Boston.

Boston Food Access Council

The network of local leaders addresses food insecurity and related issues in Boston. The council’s goal is to create a unified, strategic plan to help City residents get access to the food they need and want. This plan will guide the work of the Mayor’s Office of Food Access and partner agencies.

The Office of Food Access started the council in June 2017.