Food for People's goal is to provide individuals and households with the emergency and supplemental food they need, while working to address the root causes of hunger in our county. Food is distributed countywide through a variety of hunger relief programs, such as the Pantry Network, the Senior Brown Bag & Homebound Delivery programs, Child Nutrition Programs, and more.
Internship programs for the fall and spring are designed to last the entire semester, and they require a minimum of 10 hours per week. The availability of internships changes every semester in order to meet the needs of our various programs. Ask about a current list of available internships before applying to better understand program placement options. See below for additional information about summer internship opportunities.
Who Can Apply?
Anyone can apply, however accepted applications are typically undergraduate or graduate students in any degree, or those who have completed their degrees in the past 24 months. For most internships, experience with direct client service and/or experience in fields related to other Food for People programs is a plus but is not mandatory.
While the specifics of your internship will depend on the program, most semester interns at Food for People will have a special project to complete by the end of their service. The special project will be designed in collaboration with your supervisor during the first few weeks of your internship. The project should represent the values and mission of Food for People, and it will be just one of the many ways you make an impact with the organization. Projects in the past have included the restructuring of volunteer duties in the pantry, outreach to Humboldt State University students struggling with hunger, or a program-specific survey or report.
Local Food Resources Summer Internship
Each summer our Local Food Resources program seeks an intern to work 10 hours per week, primarily within our Gleaning program and Locally Delicious project, as well as some Food Drive program support. Duties include outreach efforts, farm visits and harvests, collection of local food donations, and donor recognition. A $500.00 stipend is awarded at the successful completion of the Local Food Resources Internship. The intern will gain skills in the areas of local food system and food security, program management, building community partnerships, conducting program outreach, and writing about the program. Experience with gardening and harvesting produce is a plus. Click here to see the full internship duties, qualifications, and application instructions.
During your internship, you will gain experience serving Food for People clients directly, working with volunteers and staff, learning about program management and development, and will represent Food for People to the community. Applicants will be screened by our Direct Services Manager and staff coordinators representing the programs for which you might intern with.
To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to our Direct Services Manager: firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of recommendation are not required, but they can help your application.