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Slow Food USA offers internships year-round to current undergraduate and graduate students and recent graduates. The internships follow three cycles: Fall, Spring and Summer, located in the national office in Brooklyn, NY. Start and end dates are flexible, although typically our Fall internships begin in September, our Spring internships begin in January, and Summer internships in June. A minimum 15 hours per week is required for all cycles. Fall and Spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit. Any available internships are listed here.

Campaigns Intern

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The Campaigns Intern will assist in the organization, communication, and implementation of our national campaigns. Specifically, these are Slow Meat and the Ark of Taste. He or she will gain knowledge and skills in the areas of the industrial meat industry and alternative models, conference planning, agrobiodiversity, and website maintenance.

Responsibilities include:
  • Create copy for the Slow Food USA website
  • Facilitate meetings of committees organizing or advising on campaigns
  • Copy edit text for online or print publication
  • Research information in support of campaigns (eg. current issues, historical issues, scientific reports, etc.)
Qualifications:

Required:

  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment.
  • Experience or interest in grassroots advocacy.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Basic comfort level in Microsoft Office and related applications.

Desireable:

  • Experienced with html, crafting emails for a large audience, graphic design.
  • Comfortable with social media platforms.
  • Hands-on agricultural experience.
  • High level research using a variety of traditional and non-traditional sources.

Start Date:Mid-January

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.

Please send cover letter and resume to Megan Larmer (megan@slowfoodusa.org) with “Campaigns Internship” in the subject line by December 23, 2014.

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Development Intern

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Working closely with the Managing Director and Development Associate, the Development Intern will assist with resource generation through membership, individual donors and institutional donors. S/he will gain valuable fundraising, research, writing and grassroots outreach skills, while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food. Responsibilities include: researching prospective major donors, creating fundraising materials through writing and content generation, assisting with appeals for donors at the middle donor level, negotiating with companies for various discounts and promotions for Slow Food USA, editing grant proposals or reports and stewardship pieces, compiling news briefings and blog posts, and designing communications pieces, as needed.

Qualifications:
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work well independently and take initiative
  • Excellent phone communication skills
  • Previous experience working with databases
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Research, design, or content building and writing experience preferred
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once
  • Outstanding attention to detail Experience with graphic design and use of Adobe Creative Suite software preferred
  • Happy, Friendly, helpful, attitude
  • Demonstrated commitment to Slow Food and interest in food movement issues

Minimum commitment: 15 hours per week. Start date: Mid-January.

To apply, email cover letter and resume to Chloe@slowfoodusa.org by December 23, 2014.


National School Garden Intern
Develop School Garden Research Resource Page for Website

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Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program provides Slow Food chapter leaders and their volunteers with technical assistance, resources and funding so that the chapters can be effective community partners in school garden projects. The goal of Slow Food USA’s school garden projects is to provide students with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in growing fresh produce and then taking this produce into the classroom to learn how to handle, prepare, cook and enjoy the cultural dishes with their friends and families. We hope that giving children the knowledge, skills and confidence to prepare healthy meals will lead to better food choices in their day-to-day lives.

Slow Food USA wants to develop a Resource Page on the National School Garden Program Website that describes the current state of academic research on the of school gardens and cooking classes on the choice behavior, consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and overall health of children. We receive many requests from chapter leaders and volunteers for data and justification of the school-based projects that we support and advocate for. It is our desire that our website becomes the clearinghouse for relevant research findings so that garden leaders have a one-stop site for information.

Responsibilities include:
  • Identify the important research questions that target the impact of school gardens and cooking classes on children’s behaviors
  • Search for research articles on these topics and do a comprehensive literature review of their findings
  • Develop a list of significant articles and provide summaries of each article
  • Post these summaries on our website with the proper citations
  • Help develop some talking points, slides, and messaging based on these findings that Slow Food leaders can use in presentations
  • There is no firm time frame on this project, but we would like it to be completed by July 1, 2015

Start Date:Mid-January

Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program is run from the Slow Food Denver offices, in Denver, CO. This unpaid intern position can be filled by a candidate in either Denver, CO or working from the National Office in Brooklyn, NY. The expectation is that the intern spends 15 hours a week on the project. In either location, the intern will have a phone and desk to work at and will need to work from their own computer. If you are interested in the Slow Food USA Research Project, please send your resume and cover letter to:

Andrew Nowak
Director, National School Garden Program
Slow Food USA
Andrew@slowfoodusa.org

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


National School Garden Intern
Develop a Merchandising Program for Slow Food Swag

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Slow Food USA wants to develop a Slow Food merchandise program so that members and the public can purchase various products featuring Slow Food-inspired messages and graphics. As a national non-profit with a mission of Good, Clean and Fair food for all, Slow Food USA is interested in capturing some of its endearing messages on products such as t-shirts, baseball caps, aprons, and tote bags.

Responsibilities include:
  • Identify products and designs that are a good fit for Slow Food USA’s mission of Good, Clean and Fair food for all. The intern will explore the various products produced by Slow Food chapters as well as by other non-profits.
  • Research producers and manufacturers of these products with an aim of ethical sourcing of materials that are consistent with Slow Food values of environmentally sustainable materials and labor practices that respect the rights of farmers and workers.
  • Help design an online catalog and order form for the sales and distribution of finished products. The intern will also research the availability of third-party companies that can handle the sales, marketing and distribution of the products.
  • Help launch the merchandising program on whatever platform we determine to be the best fit for Slow Food USA.
  • There is no firm time frame on this project, but we would like to see the merchandising program up and running by July 1, 2015.

Start Date:Mid-January

Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program is run from the Slow Food Denver offices, in Denver, CO. This unpaid intern position can be filled by a candidate in either Denver, CO or working from the National Office in Brooklyn, NY. The expectation is that the intern spends 15 hours a week on the project. In either location, the intern will have a phone and desk to work at and will need to work from their own computer. If you are interested in the Slow Food USA Research Project, please send your resume and cover letter to:

Lauren Howe
Project Manager, National School Garden Program
Slow Food USA
Lauren@slowfoodusa.org

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


National School Garden Intern
Research Models and Best Practices to Support School Garden Leaders

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Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program wants to conduct a research project that will examine different models and best practices from around the country of schools and organizations that support school garden leaders. Parents and teachers are the heart of school garden programs and, in most cases, volunteer their time and resources to make sure that the students get opportunities to experience garden-based educational programs. There are increasing efforts to find monetary support for garden leaders in the form of stipends and even some salaries. This research project will do a 50-state scan of school garden programs to discover the different models and best practices that currently exist in supporting school garden leaders. The final product of this project will be a summary of the findings of the 50-state scan and recommendations for Slow Food USA to pursue to support the efforts of the Slow Food chapters across the country.

Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program provides Slow Food chapter leaders and their volunteers with technical assistance, resources and funding so that the chapters can be effective community partners in school garden projects. The goal of Slow Food USA’s school garden projects is to provide students with hands-on, experiential learning opportunities in growing fresh produce and then taking this produce into the classroom to learn how to handle, prepare, cook and enjoy cultural dishes with their friends and families. We hope that giving children the knowledge, skills and confidence to prepare healthy meals will lead to better food choices in their day-to-day lives.

Slow Food USA’s expectations for this research project:
  • We will provide the intern with a list of initial contacts around the country from programs that we know are addressing the issue of school garden leader support.
  • The intern will identify other programs around the country and interview them to understand their model.
  • Slow Food USA will provide workspace and a telephone in our office for the interviews. There will be limited access to computers in the office as we all work off our own computers.
  • The intern will meet at least once a week with a supervisor in the Slow Food USA office to discuss progress and any issues.
  • The final report will be a complete write-up of the interview process and a summary of the existing support models. Based on these findings, the student will provide recommendations for Slow Food USA to pursue to support the efforts of Slow Food chapters around the country.
  • There is no firm time frame on this project, but we would like it to be completed by July 1, 2015.

Start Date:Mid-January

Slow Food USA’s National School Garden Program is run from the Slow Food Denver offices, in Denver, CO. This unpaid intern position can be filled by a candidate in either Denver, CO or working from the National Office in Brooklyn, NY. The expectation is that the intern spends 15 hours a week on the project. In either location, the intern will have a phone and desk to work at and will need to work from their own computer. If you are interested in the Slow Food USA Research Project, please send your resume and cover letter to:

Andrew Nowak
Director, National School Garden Program
Slow Food USA
Andrew@slowfoodusa.org

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applications who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Network Intern

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Slow Food USA seeks a motivated, energetic Network Intern to join and support our efforts to change the food system in the United States. The ideal candidate will have excellent attention to detail and strong enthusiasm for our work.

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. We were founded in 1989 to counter the rise of fast food and the disappearance of local food cultures. Today, we coordinate local, national and global programs and campaigns to achieve our vision of a world where everyone can enjoy food that’s good for them, good for farmers and workers and good for the planet.

The U.S. branch, Slow Food USA, is a national nonprofit with a small staff based in Brooklyn, NY and over 200 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Network Intern will assist with developing and supporting Slow Food USA's network of over 200 local and campus chapters.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist with annual chapter reporting
  • Help to develop and beta test new chapter orientation
  • Monitor new chapter inquiries
  • Guide people through the process of starting a chapter
  • Interview chapters that are doing amazing projects
  • Draft spotlights on chapters for emails and blog posts
  • Clean and maintain membership database
  • Provide membership support
  • Research content for Slow Food Youth Network USA social media pages and newsletters
Qualifications
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Creativity and willingness to take initiative
  • Strong communication, phone and writing skills
  • Experience developing leadership, especially youth/student leadership
  • Experience managing and analyzing data, with attention to detail
  • Knowledgeable of food and farming issues
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system

Start Date: late-January 2016

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit. Please send cover letter and resume to Isabel Eljaiek, Network Engagement Manager: isabel@slowfoodusa.org by January 5, 2015

Slow Food USA is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to reflect the diverse community that works toward and cares about a healthy food system. Applicants who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.


Policy Intern

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Slow Food USA supports food that is good, clean, and fair.  We believe that everyone, every day, must have access to culturally meaningful, sustainably and humanely produced food that is good for their health and well-being and that food production must be good for the planet and good for those who bring food to our tables.

We know that our individual, informed choices and actions can support good, clean, and fair food. We also know that public policy, at federal, state, and local levels, greatly influences what and how food is produced and how the environment, and people at all ends of the food chain are affected by the production and availability of food.

We know too that to achieve and maintain good, clean, and fair food and farming, we must advocate for policies that support our principles and against policies that undermine them. The Slow Food USA Food and Farm Policy Steering Committee helps guide the work of the Slow Food USA Policy Task Force, which is a network of volunteers across the country that advocate in their communities for better food and farm policy.

Responsibilities:
  • Scheduling and attending at regular and ad hoc Policy Committee meetings (primarily via teleconference)
  • Taking and distributing Policy Committee meeting minutes, as necessary
  • Coordinating policy advocacy actions with SFUSA executive and other staff, Policy Committee members, Policy Task Force (Task Force) members, and others, as required
  • Maintaining a Slow Food Policy Advocacy Archive
  • Conducting research into policy issues, particularly gathering information about positions of ally organizations, as necessary
  • Writing policy position papers and blog posts related to Slow Food USA policy activity, as appropriate
  • Providing support to the Chair of the Policy Committee and Policy Committee members and SFUSA executive and other staff, as needed

To apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Gaby Lopez-Barry at gaby@slowfoodusa.org.


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