Child Nutrition Summer Intern - School Nutrition Programs
The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC), a nonprofit public policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to end hunger in the U.S., is seeking a summer intern to work with FRAC's child nutrition team, focusing primarily on the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. The intern will work with members of the school nutrition team to develop resources targeted for a variety of stakeholders including state child nutrition agencies, anti-hunger and education advocates, and school districts to expand participation in the school nutrition programs, and will provide research support on emerging issues effecting the programs. This position will include exposure to policy making processes and interaction (conference calls, meetings, etc.) with leaders in the anti-hunger and nutrition policy community.
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.
FRAC's child nutrition work focuses on increasing children's access to the federal nutrition programs. The National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs play a crucial role in reducing childhood hunger and improving children's health and educational achievement. This position will provide valuable experience working with key stakeholders and advocates to increase school meal participation by low-income children, with a special focus on encouraging schools to adopt in-classroom breakfast programs and universal free meal programs.
Skills and Qualifications
- Very strong writing and research skills; data analysis experience preferred.
- Experience and/or demonstrated interest in child health, education, poverty, social justice, and/or nutrition-related issues.
- Understanding of hunger and poverty and their impact upon communities, families, and individuals.
- Knowledge of the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, and other government programs for low-income children preferred.
- Commitment to working for social justice.
- Experience working with schools, public agencies, and nonprofits a plus.
- Assist with development and collection of data and surveys for FRAC's reports related to the School Breakfast Program.
- Assist with development of technical assistance resources for state agencies and school districts to implement the Community Eligibility Provision (the newest federal option for serving free school meals in high poverty schools) and breakfast in the classroom.
- Create monthly newsletter to inform key stakeholders of news and updates affecting the School Breakfast Program.
- Track and update database of national, state, and local school nutrition program expansion efforts, including state legislation and available grant funding opportunities for schools.
- Research emerging issues related to education reform and potential intersection with school meals programs.
This internship may be done either on a volunteer basis or to meet course / program requirements. FRAC will reimburse commuting costs for mileage or public transportation up to $500.00. Summer interns are expected to work at least 32 hours per week.
The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, however the ideal candidate will be available for a 10 week summer internship.