D.C. Free Summer Meals Program Planning and Promotion Intern

Employer
Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
Location
Washington, DC
Posted
Jan 31, 2017
Closes
Aug 31, 2017
Industry
Nonprofit
Hours
Full Time

Position
D.C. Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to join D.C. Hunger Solutions as a Summer Meals Program Planning and Promotion intern. Through advocacy, research, coalition-building, outreach, technical assistance, public education and program monitoring, the intern will work with DCHS staff to assist in the implementation, access, and quality of the D.C. Free Summer Meals Program. This internship will be located in Washington, D.C. with some travel around the District required.

Organizational Background

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve and implement effective public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, technical assistance, information dissemination, policy analysis and advocacy, coalition-building, and an array of communications strategies. FRAC works in partnership with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger and food insecurity, and poverty as their root cause.

As the hub of anti-hunger advocacy, outreach, research, and public education work in the District of Columbia, D.C. Hunger Solutions plays a key leadership role in improving public anti-hunger programs and developing and promoting stronger solutions proposed by anti-hunger and anti-poverty groups and coalitions throughout the city. D.C. Hunger Solutions carries out its mission to reduce hunger and poverty and improve nutrition by: maximizing participation in the federal nutrition programs (SNAP/food stamps; WIC; school meals; and summer, afterschool, and child care meals); improving public policies to end hunger, reduce poverty, improve nutrition, and curb obesity; and increasing access to healthy, affordable food in low-income District of Columbia neighborhoods.

D.C. Hunger Solutions works to alert the public and policymakers about the extent of hunger and its adverse effects on health, learning, productivity, and well-being; to forge and implement workable solutions; and to engage a network of partners to make the federal nutrition programs accessible to all those who are in need.

Responsibilities

  • Increase the capacity and sustainability of the Summer Food Service Program to serve more children.
  • Assist in the planning, site recruitment, and site retention of over 200 sites across the District
  • Work with key partners to coordinate promotion and outreach activities.
  • Create or enhance curriculum and enrichment activities for SFSP-participating youth and/or teens.
  • Recruit volunteers to assist in the implementation and maintenance of the program.
  • Support day-to-day operations of Summer Meals Program.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years college education.
  • Good oral and written communications skills. Ability to present and speak in public.
  • Detail-oriented planning and implementation skills.
  • Willingness to work varied hours.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Self-starter and ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills snf team orientation.
  • Evidence of commitment to social justice; experience with Federal Child Nutrition programs a plus.
  • Unquestioned integrity, a high level of energy, and a sense of humor.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite products with ability to use Excel for data collection.
  • Ability to travel around the city for meetings and events.
  • Basic knowledge of social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
  • Conversant in Spanish, a plus.

BenefitsThis internship may be done either to meet course/program requirements or as a volunteer. If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500.

Start Date
The ideal candidate will be available to start in March for at least an 8 week internship. Interns would be expected to work at least 20-25 hours per week.