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Temporary Food Systems Internship: Farm to Senior Services

North Carolina State University

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The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) and North Carolina Cooperative Extension are collaborating on a Farm to Senior Services (F2SS) project to pilot models in three counties (McDowell, Scotland, and Warren) that will increase local food procurement in county-based senior food services. Senior food services vary but may include home food delivery (such as Meals on Wheels), congregate meals sites, or produce box delivery programs. These services provide healthy, fresh foods to a growing older adult population that often experiences high levels of food insecurity and diet-related chronic diseases (such as diabetes). McDowell, Scotland, and Warren counties were selected as pilots for this project based on their geographic variation, existence of established food councils, existence of area local food intermediaries and USDA designation as low income/low access areas. The local food pathway models and best practices established in these counties will be shared across the state and nationwide.

For Summer 2023, we are looking for student interns, interested in agriculture, local food supply chains, and food systems, to work at local food intermediaries (food hubs) or other county partners to support the testing, implementation, and evaluation of the F2SS local food pathways.

Internship activities will vary by location. Examples of food systems intern projects include:
  • Farmer preparedness survey
  • Farmer outreach
  • Senior food service requirements and procurement practices
  • Procurement data collection
  • Distribution routes and logistics
  • Recipe and cost analysis for senior meals
  • Senior food box program development
  • Online order systems

Working Business Hours
May 22 through July 28, Monday through Friday and weekend work when needed, 40 hours per week some later evenings. Hours will be scheduled directly with the mentor and the intern coordinator during their normal hours of business.

Internship Duration and Work Environment
All interns have an anticipated start date of May 22, 2023
All Internships will last 10 weeks (not including unpaid holidays) for 40 hrs a week
All internships will be based at host locations with some travel for orientation and professional development

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What Specific Skills and Qualification Are Required for This Position?
  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate, graduate, or professional degree program at any North Carolina university, college, or community college across the state.
  • Enthusiasm for local foods and a respect for farmers and producers from diverse rural communities
  • Must attend an orientation last week of May 2023.
  • Must have access to a personal computer to conduct work on
  • Must hold a drivers license and have access to transportation to the host site.

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Temporary Food Systems Internship: Farm to Senior Services

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40/hrs per week

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Minimum Experience/Education

  • High school degree required, must be currently enrolled in post-secondary education (community college, 4-year college or University, and graduate degree)

Department Required Skills

  • Must be able to provide their own transportation to work

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

  • Community engagement experience
  • Effective, respectful communication with diverse community members
  • Experience or willingness to engage in racial equity training and work
  • Social media experience
  • Preferred experience/study in agriculture, food systems, agricultural business or economics
  • Preference given to students who live or attend school in communities in close proximity to the host organization of their choice

Required License or Certification

  • Valid driver’s license

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NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process are welcome to contact 919-515-3148 to speak with a representative at the Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or workatncstate@ncsu.edu.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

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