The Community Food and Justice Coalition

Duration: Minimum of 20 hours/week and a 3-month commitment

Location: Oakland, California

Position Title: Multiple positions available

Housing: Housing will not be provided. Students are responsible for finding their own housing.

For more info: Please, visit: comfoodjustice.org

Description: The CFJC Internship Program is key to the success of the Coalition.  CFJC Interns work to support staff, while staff provides mentorship to help develop the skills in which students are most interested.  Students work closely with CFJC staff by supporting research and fact-checking, evaluation, outreach, communications, advocacy, coalition building, fundraising, administrative support, as well as other activities.  Students interested in policy will have the opportunity to attend Oakland, Berkeley, or Richmond Food Policy Council meetings, and support CFJC’s local, state, and national policy work on the following issues: food and agriculture, climate change, Affordable Care Act, immigration reform, and food and farm worker’s rights.  As well, CFJC staff conducts workshops and trainings throughout California and are an opportunity for students to hone key skills such as planning, public speaking, facilitation, listening, and coalition building.  CFJC’s Internship Program is a great way to learn more about the food justice movement and how we can together advance social change.

Qualifications:
•         Excellent writing and communication skills.
•         Experience with web and library research. 
•         Interest in social justice issues.
•         Willingness to learn, and approach work with an open mind.
•         A curiosity for how our social, economic, and political systems affect our food system, and the capacity to see connections across sectors and issues  are critical.
•         Coursework reflecting interest and knowledge of food, agriculture, climate change, immigration, social justice, health equity, and scientific research are a plus.

Funding: $3000, Available through the Miller Worley Center dispensed through the MHC UAF System.

How to Apply: Students must apply to this position through Lyon Net by midnight Feb 28.  Students must submit a cover letter describing their interests, experiences, and how this internship fits their career interest, a resume and letter of reference/reccomendation. These documents can be uploaded to Lyon Net or emailed to center-environment@mtholyoke.edu. 

(Reccomendation letters should be emailed directly to center-environment@mtholyoke.edu. )

About the Organization: CFJC is a national coalition that believes access to food is a basic human right. As a national food justice coalition, our work is to be a connector and provide support across issues that impact our food system, including food and farm policy, climate change, the Affordable Care Act, food and farm worker’s rights, water rights, immigration, and poverty. Through education, movement building, and advocacy we work to create a food system that is equitable, sustainable, and community-driven. CFJC’s work is grounded in our values of equity and justice, and we strive for transformational change that is led by and benefits communities across the country.