Want to intern with Food For Free this summer?

Food For Free is looking for one or two interns to help us out this spring and summer. Interested? Read more about this (unpaid) position below, and then send your resume and a short cover email to development@foodforfree.org

2015 Internship Guidelines & Expectations

Food For Free generally accepts one or two unpaid interns each summer. Interns have the opportunity to participate in a variety of Food For Free’s programs, and to gain a sense of the organization’s role in the emergency food system.

* Internships at Food For Free are unpaid.
* Internships may be from 10 to 12 weeks in length.
* Internships generally start after May 1 and are completed by October 1.
* Interns typically work 15-18 hrs most weeks, with some weeks of up to 25 hrs.
* Interns are expected to work at least 140 hours over the course of their internship.
* Interns must :
→ be 18 years of age or older
→ be able to lift 50 lbs repeatedly and safely
→ be able to get in and out of a variety of trucks safely
→ be able to engage in farm work, including but not limited to planting, weeding, and harvesting crops
→ be willing to work outside in all types of weather
→ have reliable transportation (of any kind) to both our office at 11 Inman Street Cambridge and Field of Greens, in Lincoln.

Responsibilities

Food Rescue & Distribution (about 7 hours/week)
Our food rescue programs form the backbone of Food For Free’s work. Interns may be assigned either to shifts on one of our weekday truck routes, or to evening shifts collecting food from university dining halls or from local farmers’ markets. Interns will assist our drivers in the collection and delivery of food, help drivers pack and sort boxes, load and unload Food For Free’s trucks, and maintain positive relationships with food donors and food recipients.

Shifts are weekly; times vary.

Field of Greens (5 hours/week)
Field of Greens is a small farm program hosted by Lindentree Farm. Interns assist our Farm Manager in growing, maintaining and harvesting crops and help to direct the work of volunteers. Over the course of the season, interns will gain experience representing Food For Free to our volunteers.

Shifts are weekly, on Wednesday mornings from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Administration/Fundraising (2-3 hours/week)
Interns will assist the Executive Director, Development Director, Operations Director and the Events Coordinator with tasks related to the administration of Food For Free’s programs and fundraising. Tasks may include (but are not limited to) filing, data entry, online research, making phone calls to recipients, or assembling mailings.

Shifts are weekly on one of these afternoons: Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday.

Home Delivery (about 8 hours/month)
Food For Free’s Home Delivery program brings food directly to seniors and people with disabilities who are unable to access food pantries. Interns will assist other staff with packing boxes for delivery, loading the truck, and possibly accompanying the driver on deliveries.

Home Delivery typically occurs two Saturdays, one Sunday, and one Monday each month. Interns may be asked to work any of these shifts, as well as the Friday evenings prior to deliveries.

Special Events (4-8 hours/month)
Food For Free occasionally holds events to raise funds for our programs. Food For Free also participates in community events to raise awareness of our programs. Interns will be asked to work 2-4 such events over the course of their internship. Responsibilities will include setting up displays, talking about Food For Free’s work, accepting donations, and selling merchandise such as t-shirts.

A pdf version of this internship description is here:2015 Internship Description

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