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Temp Food-Inspired Resilience & Equity (FIRE) Internship

Job Description

Posting Number

PG192843TM

Position Number

11ASO1992

Position Type

Temporary

Essential Job Duties

Brief Program Overview
The Center for Environmental Farming Systems (CEFS) in partnership with the North Carolina Local Food Council (NCLFC) and Community Food Strategies, is seeking highly-motivated students or recently graduated student interns from a variety of backgrounds to participate in a primarily remote internship program. Intern appointments are for approximately 30 weeks (September 2022-May 2023). During the 30 weeks, the intern will have the opportunity to support local food councils’ community and equity work through projects based on council needs, like research, meeting facilitation, logistical support, and communications. Food council host sites have outlined their intern projects and responsibilities below. The internship will be primarily remote with opportunities for site visitations dependent on the food council host and the intern. The internship also offers regular virtual professional development and educational opportunities for interns through CEFS’ agriculture education programming. See descriptions below for specific information on each host site. We encourage you to reach out to Dallas Goodnight (dlgoodni@ncsu.edu) to hear more about the internship and to ask any questions you may have to decide if this is a good fit for you.

What is a food council?
Food councils are groups of cross-sector organizations that help promote more resilient food systems. They identify and strengthen connections between food, health, natural resource protection, economic development, and production agriculture. Using this cross-sector approach, food councils solve broad food system issues and give communities more control over the food they consume.

Responsibilities in general are to:
  • Offer organization support (i.e. research, facilitation, communications, etc)
  • Create marketing materials for food councils
  • Behave in a professional and courteous manner towards food councils, CEFS staff, community stakeholders, and anyone else involved with this internship
Regular professional development workshops and training will be provided

Internship Duration and Work Environment
  • All interns have an anticipated start date of 09/26/2022
  • All interns will be expected to work up to 15 hours per week
  • All internships will last until the end of Spring semester 2023 (approximately May 1st, 2023), with the possibility of extending into summer at some sites.

Below are the specific projects and host sites that are available, you can also find them at https://cefs.ncsu.edu/academics-and-education/internships/fire/host-sites/

1 – Capital Area Food Network (CAFN) – Serves Wake County
Internship type:
Open to both in-person and virtual. Virtual is preferred.

Intern’s scope of work? Description of the food council project(s) or tasks the intern would be responsible for.
  • Communications with website updating and monthly emails to all CAFN membership, some social media
  • Research, data collection, project outreach support for Living Wage certification program, BIPOC farmer and food business outreach
  • Documentation, materials preparation, creative writing (e.g. articles, stories, etc)
What we hope the intern brings to CAFN:
  • Excellent communicator with proven online writing skills, familiarity with web and email platforms
  • Examples of research in food systems or related areas of research
  • Evidence of outreach, compassion and empathy to diverse communities
  • Possible grant-writing. Must be a self-starter, comfortable with working independently and reporting appropriately. Must have demonstrated skills in Microsoft office applications, and preferably experience working with a creative graphics program (e.g. Canva, Adobe, etc)

What we hope the intern gains from CAFN
  • Comprehensive knowledge of LOCAL food system dynamics
  • Connection to a wide variety of partners and supporters in the food system space
  • Interaction with elected officials
  • Document and raise awareness about the impact of racial inequities on BIPOC low-wealth communities and propose strategies to address barriers to achieving equity.

2 – Rutherford County Food Network – Serves Rutherford County
Internship Type:
Open to both in-person and virtual.
The Rutherford County Food Network is currently undergoing a strategic visioning and planning process. We are a relatively new council that is multi-organizational and we are working through our missioning and visioning process in 2021. For 2022, we are looking to focus on community engagement and educational outreach about the food system through activities such as listening sessions, surveys and educational presentations across Rutherford County. Throughout and from this process, we hope to determine our strategic priorities for our council, create subsequent working groups and formalize the structure of our council as we engage with our community and determine our priorities for 2022 and beyond. We currently have two co-facilitators whom the intern would be working with on these efforts.
This intern will assist the council primarily with monthly council meetings and associated administrative tasks, the coordination and facilitation of community engagement activities (mentioned above), and identifying and applying for grant funding to further the outreach and impact of the council’s efforts for 2022. This position would ideally be in-person, but we are open to remote and hybrid interns as well.

Intern’s scope of work? Description of the food council project(s) or tasks the intern would be responsible for.
  • Assisting with council meetings i.e. communications, agenda prep, facilitation.
  • Data analysis from focus groups and surveys collected throughout the spring and summer of 2022. From this data, priorities and projects will be determined and working groups created for the council to engage with.
  • Website maintenance and local foods programming highlights/success stories.
  • Community outreach through newsletters, listservs and website updates.
  • Support for the food pantries and other emergency food relief providers.
  • Work with Ruff’ton Roots and community gardens to increase their reach through grant funding and support if possible.
  • Continued support and facilitation assistance with food system projects that are determined by the data analysis of focus groups and community surveys.
  • Program evaluation and feedback for process improvement of food council projects such as our farm to pantry work and our farmers market donation stations.
  • Assistance at the programs such as donation stations if in person.
  • Member recruitment for projects and working groups as they are constructed.
  • Assistance with planning and outreach in the community for our November racial equity in the food system community workshop.

What we hope the intern brings to Rutherford County Food Network:
  • An interest in food system work, social justice, and community building in rural communities
  • Ability to participate in in-person community engagement events and council meetings as much as possible
  • Self-motivated individual comfortable completing projects on their own as well as with a team; good communication skills
  • Ability to craft messages and tell the stories of food system work and projects
  • Ability to research and apply for relevant grant funding opportunities

What we hope the intern gains from Rutherford County Food Network:
  • An understanding of rural food systems and how to create change within them
  • Awareness of local food policy and systems that advance/create barriers to food access, food security
  • Relationships with community members and organizations that contribute to the local food system
  • Experience with coalition facilitation and community engagement events (planning/facilitation assistance)

3 – Island CultureZ – Serves Forsyth County
Internship Type:
Open to both in-person and virtual.

Intern’s scope of work? Description of the food council project(s) or tasks the intern would be responsible for.
  • Help us consolidate/track all funds on our Open Collective platform. We’re moving to a open accounting model for better transparency and accountability. (https://opencollective.com/community)
  • Help develop the foundations for a donor program. Help identify what types of funds we accept (from whom and which kinds of organizations), how we respond to supporters (thank yous and other shows of gratitude and revolutionary movement messaging), and help determine how to we track and cultivate new donors.
  • Admin help for the Grassroots Growers coop (meeting minutes & reminders)
  • Updates to the UA ordinance: begin compiling points to update the existing WSNC urban ag ordinance.
  • Some grant writing

What we hope the intern brings to Island CultureZ:
  • Good communication skills
  • Organized
  • Motivated
  • Interested in food and/or community development
  • Solid character, gets along well with people

What we hope the intern gains from Island CultureZ:
  • Exposure to equitable food system development
  • Ways to run a transparent organization, alternate economic models, and exposure to grassroots/community-led efforts.
  • Hopefully a deeper appreciation for the diversity of justice-oriented social movements.

4 - Joint Fort Bragg Cumberland County Food Policy Council – Serves Cumberland County
Internship Type:
Open to both in-person and virtual, but with a strong need for some in-person work.

Intern’s scope of work? Description of the food council project(s) or tasks the intern would be responsible for.
  • Serve as liaison between the food policy council and the interns’ supervisor (grant manager) at the health department to meet the needs of the food policy council requests (memos, social media, webpage updates)
  • Assist the council in developing and or executing action plan for ad-hoc committees (WIC/EBT, Transportation, Communications).
  • Assist secretary/serve as secretary to record minutes for food policy council meetings and ad-hoc committee minutes as needed.
  • Assist food policy council members in updating/revising bylaws as needed.
  • Complete monthly reports to capture the activity completion of the council
  • Participate in community meetings and represent the food policy council as needed.
  • Other duties as assigned that the food policy council or supervisor (grant manager) see fit as beneficial in enhancing knowledge, skills and abilities of the intern in regard to food systems change.

What we hope the intern brings to Joint Fort Bragg Cumberland County Food Policy Council:
  • Student pursuing a bachelor’s in public health, health education or a human service field. Pursuing a Master’s degree is preferred.
  • Strong consideration if the intern has an interest or experience in food policy work, nutrition, WIC or military work/partnerships.
  • Comfortable with public speaking both in person and on virtual platforms
  • Strong organizational skills and familiarity with Microsoft office.
  • Willing and able to follow our county standard of PRIDE: professionalism, respect, integrity, diversity, and excellent customer service.
What we hope the intern gains from Joint Fort Bragg Cumberland County Food Policy Council:
  • Increase knowledge and skills in working in the field of public health, specifically in local health departments
  • Ability to apply textbook knowledge to realistic on-the-ground work in the public health field.
  • Enhance skills and abilities to implement population level interventions that lead towards policy, systems, and environmental change.
  • Considerable knowledge of program planning, implementation and evaluation.
  • Thorough knowledge of community organizations and resources.
  • Ability to work independently on projects and convene with others and build consensus to meet the needs of the food policy council.
  • Ability to establish a good working relationship with individuals and community groups.

5 – Men and Women United for Youth and Families (MWUYF) – Serves Columbus and Bladen County
Internship Type:
Open to both in-person and virtual. In-person is preferred.

Men and Women United for Youth & Families (MWUYF) is a registered 501 © 3 nonprofit organization that has been in existence since 2006. Located in Delco NC, MWUYF provides support services to families who reside in Bladen, Brunswick and Columbus Counties. The mission is Empowering People and Strengthening Families through community cooperation.
The project intern will work with MWYUF staff and collaborative partner Communities Connected 4 Success (CC4S) Collective in the goal of creating a multi-county non-profit organization which will address the social drivers of health in Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus and surrounding counties. The project intern will also work closely with the Youth Led Food Policy Council and staff in identifying policy issues, providing support to the CC4S Collective, coordinating outreach to youth and families, creating public speaking opportunities and advocating for youth as a CC4S partner.
Intern’s scope of work? Description of the food council project(s) or tasks the intern would be responsible for.
Scope of work will include, but not be limited to:
  • Networking with other Food Councils, with farmers
  • Some youth interaction
  • Social media coordination
  • Representing MWUYF at collaborative events
  • Other administrative duties.

What we hope the intern brings to Men and Women United for Youth and Families (MWUYF):
  • Social Media
  • Great Public Speaking Skills
  • High Self-Esteem and Confidence
  • Knowledge of MWUYF’s Organization
  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook, Google Docs
  • Great Networking Skills.

What we hope the intern gains from Men and Women United for Youth and Families (MWUYF):
  • Professional development
  • Gain more confidence in their skills and talents
  • Gain the ability to perform productively and efficiently without being micro-managed by supervisors
  • Be able to render accurate reports of program status and success
  • Be able to operate in a professional workplace setting in a professional manner
  • Develop a deeper sense of responsibility, dedication, leadership, and self awareness of his/her abilities.
  • Become a better person personally and professionally.

6 - Davidson County Local Food Network – Serves Davidson County
Internship Type:
Open to both in-person and virtual. In-person is preferred.

Intern’s scope of work? Description of the food council project(s) or tasks the intern would be responsible for.
  • Coordinating food council meetings
  • Assisting with social media with our local foods marketing team
  • Assisting with program coordination and logistics (more specifically with a pilot food hub project)
  • Assisting in looking at food policies that affect our county.

What we hope the intern brings to the Davidson County Local Food Network:
  • We would prefer an intern that had some agriculture experience whether that be on the farm or at a farmers market.
  • We would like someone who can effectively communicate through social media (FB, Instagram and ideally TikTok).
  • We hope the intern has an interest in food policy because it is an area that we have not really engaged in.
  • Of course, we hope the intern brings energy and a willingness to learn and give us a perspective on how to engage younger audiences.

What we hope the intern gains from the Davidson County Local Food Network:
  • Learns and understands the need for relationship building when building a local food system. We heavily rely on our relationships with various stakeholders which provides us with their unique perspectives of their community/client needs, logistics and challenges with fresh food access and lastly, how to communicate clearly our council objectives, as well as being patient when facilitating new projects and building new stakeholder relationships.

7 – North Carolina Local Food Council – Serves the State of NC (2 positions available)
Internship Type:
Virtual

As the statewide food council, North Carolina Local Food Council (NCLFC) works to support vibrant farms and fisheries, healthy people, strong communities, thriving local economies, and resilient ecosystems. We work collaboratively among our member organizations with a common aim: to support North Carolina’s local food economies.
We do this by providing:
  • Interaction between members to foster coordinated programs, guidance, and support for N.C. local food economies
  • Communication, resources, guidance development, and collaboration within local councils and between the local councils and the statewide council
  • Food-related policy discussions and development in formal and informal forums

Intern’s scope of work? Description of the food council project(s) or tasks the intern would be responsible for:
Position 1 –
will be working with the network of farmers markets across NC
The North Carolina Farmers Market Network (NCFMN) is an emerging state-level network to serve the over 230 farmers markets within North Carolina. The mission of the NCFMN is to work with and for farmers market communities to create a thriving network of marketplaces for local food and farm products through education, innovative services, programs, and partnerships, including providing resources to support historically underserved populations.
NCFMN currently provides a monthly training session for farmers market managers, and is seeking to expand our reach and impact moving forward by providing additional resources and services. This intern will help develop and implement a communications plan to help the Network move towards these goals. This will include producing materials, organizing email lists, and developing resources and infrastructure as needed.

What we hope the intern brings to the North Carolina Food Council and FMN:
  • Experience working with a diverse and remote team
  • Foundational understanding and interest in the benefits of food systems and local food systems
  • Competency in communication platforms, such as Canva, Facebook, Instagram, and Google Drive
  • Organized and good interpersonal skills. This position will be virtual, so this person will need to be organized and self-driven
What we hope the intern gains from the North Carolina Food Council and FMN:
  • A deeper understanding of local food systems in North Carolina
  • An ability to communicate with stakeholders
  • Experience developing and implementing a communications plan that aligns with an organization’s values and goals
  • A portfolio of communication work that can be built upon

Intern’s scope of work? Description of the food council project(s) or tasks the intern would be responsible for:
Position 2 –
will be supporting fisheries statewide and will work on:
The intern will collaborate with both the NC Sea Grant seafood technology & marketing specialist and the agritourism marketing specialist at the NC Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services to construct digital platforms (i.e. websites, social media) to conduct e-commerce with seafood consumers across the state. Assisting seafood producers to adopt digital-communication capabilities will enable them to better engage in the Visit NC Farms app program, a mobile technology for phones and tablets that consumers download to locate local-food retailers and seasonal events celebrating local food anywhere in North Carolina. The overarching goal of this project is to enable small, often rural seafood producers to utilize technologies that will expand their commercial reach through direct marketing.

What we hope the intern brings to the North Carolina Food Council and NC Fisheries:
  • Interest and foundational understanding of the fishing industry in North Carolina
  • Experience working with a diverse and remote team
  • Competency in communication platforms, such as Canva, Facebook, Instagram, and Google Drive
  • Organized and good interpersonal skills. This position will be remote, so this person will need to be organized and self-driven
  • The intern will need to listen carefully to clients to learn what they want to accomplish with digital technology, and as a result, be able to recommend options that will meet producers’ comfort level with digital tools for promoting their businesses to new audiences.
What we hope the intern gains from the North Carolina Food Council and NC Fisheries:
  • A deeper understanding of the fishing industry in North Carolina
  • An ability to communicate with stakeholders
  • Experience developing and implementing a communications plan that aligns with an organization’s values and goals
  • A portfolio of communication work that can be built upon"

Is Time Limited

No

Department

CEFS

Classification Title

Temporary-Technical/Paraprofessional

Working Title

Temp Food-Inspired Resilience & Equity (FIRE) Internship

Work Schedule

Up to 15 hrs / week for 30 weeks (Holidays are off and unpaid)

Other Work/Responsibilities

  • n/a

Minimum Experience/Education

  • Must be currently enrolled in post-secondary education (community college, 4-year college/university, or graduate degree)

Department Required Skills

  • Must be passionate about local food systems (e.g. food, agriculture, health), are hard-working, self-motivated, and have a positive attitude.
  • Ability to take direction, show initiative, and work well in a team as well as independently
  • Excellent communication, organization, and computer skills, strong attention to detail, and the ability to be flexible – to adapt to a changing work environment responding to community needs.
  • Must be flexible and open to working with mentors, vendors, producers, CEFS staff, university/college faculty, Extension Agents and other organizations.

Preferred Years Experience, Skills, Training, Education

  • Preference given to students who live or attend school in communities in close proximity to the host organization site of your choice OR are from underrepresented communities.

Required License or Certification

  • Valid driver’s license

Valid NC Driver's License required?

Yes

Commercial Driver's License Required?

No

Anticipated Hiring Range

$15/hr

Job Open Date

07/26/2022

Quick Link

https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/166588

AA/EEO

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