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Food Security Intern

Start date: January 31, 2022
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Background: The mission of the IRC is to help people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. The IRC’s New Roots program has developed services and infrastructure aimed at engaging low-income families in urban agriculture, nutrition education, and healthy food access navigation. New Roots builds on the agricultural experience of many new refugee and immigrant families by providing access to land, materials, and education for program participants to grow healthy foods. New Roots Program Services include: Increasing Food Access, Fostering Income Generation, Improving Nutrition, Building Community, Developing Leadership and Skills.

Scope of Intern Work: The Food Security Intern will be responsible for engaging with participants in the Refugee Senior program by facilitating at least three activities per month, including coordinating monthly fresh produce delivery and distribution of emergency hygiene supplies (e.g. masks, sanitizer, etc.) as requested by participants. This is a hybrid role - with many activities to be held virtually and may include Zoom field trips, cooking workshops, movie viewings, or bringing on guest speakers. In-person activities are optional, dependent on the public health situation.  The Intern will also provide general support for other New Roots program areas, including but not limited to Community Gardens, Emergency Food Pantry, other food distribution projects as they arise, and administrative tasks. This is a great position for someone who is creative, caring, and passionate about community building, food justice, and the importance of food and culture.

Location: This is a hybrid positon, with remote and in-person opportunity. 

Time Commitment: 10-15 hours/week during IRC office hours (M-F, 9am-5pm). Flexible schedule with attendance to weekly team meetings. Position begins January, 2021 with commitment of 3-6 months.

Essential Position Functions:

  • Schedule and facilitate a variety of virtual activities to engage program participants with varying English proficiency levels
  • Coordinate monthly fresh produce delivery to client homes
  • Call program participants for enrollment, surveys or program updates as needed
  • Record all participant activity in IRC’s client database, and report any recurring concerns from clients to Program Staff
  • Work with interpreters to convey information in client’s language (training provided)
  • Help with data-entry projects as requested
  • Recommend and contribute to social media and blog post content, highlighting program activities


  • This internship is open to current undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates who are less than six months out of an education program
  • Passion for food justice and food access in local communities
  • Deep commitment to IRC’s core values and the ability to model and communicate those values in relationships with IRC staff, clients and partners
  • Strong organizational skills with focus on details
  • Comfortable leading group conversation and demonstrated ability to adjust communication styles to be clear with different audiences
  • Must be able to work productively in a team environment, as well as under minimal supervision, taking the initiative to ask questions as needed
  • Confidence in basic computer skills; must be able to work effectively with MS Word, Excel, email, and internet applications
  • Must have a computer and cell phone
  • Willingness to adhere to IRC workplace policies 
  • Fluency or advanced proficiency in a second language predominant among the community we serve (Dari, Farsi, Arabic, Swahili, Kinyarwanda, Burmese, Russian, Ukrainian) preferred
  • Experience working with interpreters preferred
  • Experience working in multicultural environments preferred
  • Experience with the video conferencing platform Zoom preferred

Please note, all interns are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. This is an unpaid internship.


1. Please email VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org (subject: Food%20Security%20Intern)  with a resume and cover letter

2. Please fill in an internship/volunteer application