Communications Program Winter Intern
Maryland Hunger Solutions, an initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, seeks a highly motivated and skilled individual to join Maryland Hunger Solutions as a Winter intern. Through the use of traditional and social media, the communications intern will help to advance the advocacy, research, outreach, technical assistance, and public education of Maryland Hunger Solutions. The intern will work with MDHS staff to design, execute, and collaborate on communications projects. This internship will be located in Baltimore, Maryland with some travel around the state as required.
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.
Formed in 2007, Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) is the leading Maryland non-profit working to reduce hunger and improve nutrition in the State of Maryland by improving participation and benefits in public nutrition and related programs. MDHS's focus is on using federal programs (e.g., food stamps, called the Food Supplement Program in Maryland, school breakfast and lunch, summer and afterschool nutrition programs, WIC and other programs) to reduce hunger and its adverse effects; to improve economic security, health and nutrition; and to strengthen community institutions.
The intern will support MDHS' work in Maryland by writing, creating, and researching communications tools for the organization. The intern will be in contact with communications media and will coordinate with FRAC's Communication's Department to execute communications plans and projects and to respond to media inquiries. The intern will also help to update and build our media list.
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; ability to work independently.
- Excellent interpersonal skills; team orientation.
- Evidence of commitment to social justice; experience with SNAP/food stamp program a plus.
- Experience with Microsoft Office Suite products with ability to use Excel for data collection.
- Conversant in Spanish, a plus.
- Ability to travel around the state for meetings and events. (Must have own transportation; mileage will be reimbursed.)
This 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.
The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, however, the ideal candidate will be available for a 10 week internship. Interns are expected to work at least 20 - 25 hours per week.