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Slow Food USA offers three internship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-April), and Summer (June-August) located in either of the national offices (Brooklyn, NY or Denver, CO), in addition to some remote opportunities. A minimum of 15 hours per week is required.

Internships are unpaid; however students may earn academic credit. Available internships are posted below.

Fall and Spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. For students seeking academic credit, we are happy to accept applications a season in advance. Please specify in the subject line of your email which season you are applying for.

Internship - Curriculum Support for “Fair” Volume of Good, Clean and Fair School Garden Curriculum

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. Our mission is Good, Clean and Fair food for All, and 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, clean for the environment and fair for the farmers and workers.

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Location: Remote possible; Denver, CO preferred

Reports to: Manager of Community Engagement

Slow Food USA’s Slow Gardens  Program provides Slow Food chapters, school garden leaders, and community partners with technical assistance and resources to better support school garden projects locally.  One goal of Slow Food USA’s school garden projects is to provide students with hands-on, experiential learning in growing and cooking fresh produce, then sharing cultural dishes with classmates, friends and family.  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 and future.

Slow Food USA is working to develop the third part of the Good, Clean and Fair School Garden curriculum to provide schools and garden leaders a resource to teach students of all ages about fair practices in our food system. This internship is project-based and will begin with a research phase during which the intern will  understand and document the existing curriculum in the school garden and food justice areas, lesson plans, and education materials relevant to Fair themes. The next step will be the development of appropriate topics that students K-12 can comprehend, then determine which existing resources can contribute. We don’t want to duplicate efforts, and this curriculum should reflect the unique voice of Slow Food. Each topic needs lesson plans, so ideas for corresponding lesson plans are a plus. We will then make a call out for original lesson plans from within the Slow Food network of chapter leaders, volunteers, and partners. Lastly, the intern will help curate the lesson plan submissions to create a coherent volume.

Responsibilities:
  • Review current Slow Food USA’s Good and Clean volumes to understand the curriculum’s style and voice.
  • Research organizations and content that support fair food practices and do a comprehensive review of their materials.
  • Develop a list of significant topics with corresponding research findings.
  • Create ideas for lesson plans based on the suggested topics.
  • Work with the Slow Food USA network to publicize the call for original lesson plans.
  • Curate lesson plans submissions into a coherent Fair volume.
Qualifications:
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the Slow Food mission
  • Knowledge of food and farming issues, as well as interest in sustainability
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system
  • Ability to thrive in a small but collaborative office environment
  • Creativity, willingness to take initiative, and ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow-through
  • Background in education is a plus

Start Date: There is no firm timeframe on this project, so we will be accepting intern applications on a rolling basis. Our goal for completion is May 1, 2017.

If you are interested in this Slow Food USA Curriculum Support Project, please send your resume and cover letter to Lauren Howe, Manager of Community Engagement to 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.


Communications Interns

If you want to sit around and do filing, or need a lot of direction in order to produce, this is not the internship for you. We are a small team, and everyone pitches together to move the organization forward at fast pace. This internship will give you plenty of hands-on experience.

We require two days/week, but are flexible with the exact schedule. You’ll report to Anna Mulé, director of communications and campaigns.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Director of Communications & Campaigns, Anna Mulé

Digital Media Intern

The digital media intern will work to create a dynamic social media presence (with over 750,000 followers), produce multimedia material, and manage web content. If you want to work on something specific, or learn particular new skills, we can get that in.

Qualifications:
  • Experience with Final Cut Pro and Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and InDesign.
  • Comfort with social media.
  • Excellent grammar and copyediting skills.
  • Organized and self-motivated.
Main Responsibilities:
  • Manage SFUSA Facebook, Twitter, Instagram accounts
  • Produce video stories
  • Manage website content
  • Assist with weekly email newsletters

Start Date:January 2017

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern 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 with “Communications Internship” in the subject line to: internships@slowfoodusa.org by January 23, 2017.

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

Slow Food USA seeks a motivated, energetic Development 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, strong enthusiasm for our work and an interest in non-profit management.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Development Manager

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 split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. Working closely with the Development Manager, the Development Intern will assist with resource generation through membership, individual donors and communications strategies. S/he will gain valuable fundraising, communications, research, and grassroots outreach skills, while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food. This is a great opportunity for someone interested in pursing a career in Development or simply learning how non-profits grow and sustain themselves.

Responsibilities:
  • Researching prospective major donors
  • Creating fundraising materials through writing and content generation, assisting with appeals for donors at the middle donor level
  • Assist in acknowledging and thanking donors
  • Helping to maintain donor records and data hygiene in donor database
  • Assist in 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 preferred, but we welcome those eager to learn
  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Suite
  • 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 and helpful attitude
  • Demonstrated interest in food and farming issues
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system

Start Date:January 2017

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for this cycle. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit.

Please send cover letter and resume with "Development Internship" in the subject line to: internships@slowfoodusa.org by January 23, 2017.

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 Support and Outreach Intern

Slow Food USA seeks an outgoing and community minded 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, strong enthusiasm for our work and an interest in non-profit management.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Slow Food USA Staff

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 split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Network Intern will assist in communicating with, coordinating, and building our grassroots network. He or she will learn valuable communications, data management, and community organizing skills while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food.

Responsibilities:
  • Work closely with staff supervisors to strategize and develop means for local leaders to engage with national and international campaigns such as: The Ark of Taste, Slow Meat, and the Terra Madre Network
  • Respond to inquiries and support requests from members and local leaders of the Slow Food movement
  • Help to keep digital assets and the organization’s website current by: writing, coding, copyediting
  • Maintain membership and leadership database
Qualifications:
  • Ability to thrive in a collaborative environment
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Creativity and willingness to take initiative
  • Customer service experience
  • Demonstrated interest in food and farming issues, both nationally and internationally
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and work well independently
  • Familiarity with Google platforms (preferred)
  • Previous experience in website maintenance (preferred)
  • Previous experience working with databases (preferred)

Start Date: On or before January 9, 2017

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern 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 with “Network Support and Outreach Internship” in the subject line to: internships@slowfoodusa.org by May 26, 2017.

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.


Policy Intern

Slow Food USA seeks a Policy 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, strong enthusiasm for our work and an interest in food policy issues.

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Location: Brooklyn, NY

Reports to: Executive Director, Richard McCarthy

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 split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Policy Intern will assist with managing Slow Food USA’s Policy Task Force and Policy Steering Committee, overseeing the determination of policy priorities, helping manage Slow Food action alerts, and acting as the central resource for organizational questions related to policy. He or she will learn valuable management, research, and communication skills, while supporting Slow Food USA’s work to promote good, clean and fair food.

Responsibilities:
  • Track and maintain the list of Slow Food USA members who are interested in being on the Policy Task Force and Steering Committee, and maintain record of which Steering Committee members are connected to which organizational partners.
  • Monitor food policy issues and help keep Policy Task Force members up to date with important issues taking place both regionally and nationally
  • Manage the Policy Task Force members’ and partners’ requests to sign onto policy campaigns (serving as the organization’s point person for the Task Force); tracking the number and status of letters, campaigns for which we take positions.
  • Act as central resource for determinations and next steps related to supporting/signing on to external policy initiatives; provide research and support to the Director of Communications to integrate policy priorities into the organization’s communications strategies; post between 3-5 weekly policy remarks, articles via our various social media channels.
Qualifications:
  • Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Background in and/or knowledge of food policy preferred
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once and work well independently
  • Outstanding attention to detail
  • Interest in and knowledge of policy issues such as the Farm Bill, Ag-gag, GMO labeling, etc. is strongly preferred.

Start Date:January 2017

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern 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 with “Policy Internship” in the subject line to: internships@slowfoodusa.org by May 26, 2017.

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.


Slow Food Nations Intern (Denver)

Slow Food seeks a motivated, energetic intern for our Denver, CO office to support the event planning and programming of Slow Food Nations. The ideal candidate will have a strong enthusiasm for our work, attention to detail, and willingness to learn and work in a collaborative environment.

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Location: Denver, CO

Reports to: Manager of Community Engagement, Slow Food USA and Event Director, Slow Food Nations

Slow Food is a global, grassroots organization with members in over 150 countries and 1,300 volunteer-led chapters around the world. The organization was 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 split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and a network of over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. Denver will also be the site for the national gathering Slow Food Nations, which will take place July 14-16, 2017. The event will gather leaders and eaters, farmers and chefs, educators and families for a weekend of tastings, tours and talks. For three days, Denver, CO will become the center of the North American food universe when innovation meets tradition during exciting culinary workshops, seminars, dinners, tours, taste pavilions and informal eating, drinking and connecting.

Responsibilities:
  • Liaise with leaders in the Slow Food network and themed communities around programming
  • Assist with processing exhibitor applications and database entry
  • Support other facets of event planning and network engagement as needed
Qualifications:
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the Slow Food mission
  • Ability to thrive in a small but collaborative office environment and small event planning team
  • Creativity, willingness to take initiative, and ability to work independently
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow-through, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel and Google Apps (e.g. Gmail, Drive, Sheets, Docs)
  • Knowledge of food and farming issues
  • Flexibility and good humor
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system
  • Event planning and logistics experience a plus
  • Spanish or other foreign language skills a plus
  • Knowledge of Salesforce CRM a plus

Start Date: January 2017

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern 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 with “Slow Food Nations Internship” in the subject line to: internships@slowfoodusa.org by December 15, 2016.

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.


Slow Food Program Interns (Denver)

Slow Food seeks motivated, energetic interns for our Denver, CO office to support our efforts to change the world through food that is Good, Clean and Fair for all. The ideal candidates will have a strong enthusiasm for our work and willingness to learn.

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Location: Denver, CO

Reports to: Manager of Community Engagement, Slow Food USA and Director, Slow Food Denver

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 split between Brooklyn, NY and Denver, CO and a network of over 150 volunteer-led chapters nationwide. The Denver office is also the base for Slow Food USA’s National Slow Gardens Program and the national gathering Slow Food Nations. These interns will assist with program support for Slow Food Denver, Slow Food Nations and other Slow Food USA programming such as the Ark of Taste, our agro-biodiversity initiative.

Responsibilities:
  • Assist with Ark of Taste nomination process (review applications and update website)
  • Assist with managing the Ark of Taste Gardens project (process school applications, ship seed packets, log schools in Salesforce)
  • Manage logistics for the Global Garden Exchange international e-pen pal program (checking email inbox, processing applications, and preparing reports)
  • Provide hands-on leadership for Slow Food Denver’s school garden programs, such as garden project coordination and cooking classes
  • Provide support for Slow Food Denver’s community programs and events such as preserving workshops, community outreach, and producer tours
  • Assist with event planning and network engagement for the 2017 Slow Food Nations gathering
  • General program support as needed
Qualifications:
  • Commitment to and enthusiasm for the Slow Food mission
  • Ability to thrive in a small but collaborative office environment
  • Creativity, willingness to take initiative, and ability to work independently
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, specifically Instagram, Twitter and Facebook
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow-through, with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proficiency with Word, Excel and Google Drive
  • Knowledge of food and farming issues
  • Flexibility and good humor
  • Commitment to justice and inclusion, especially with regard to race, class, gender and our food system
  • Event planning experience a plus
  • Spanish or other foreign language skills a plus
  • Proficiency in website coding and basic HTML a plus

Start Date:January 2017

A minimum of 15 hours per week is required for all intern cycles. Fall and spring internships also require a minimum duration of three months. Internships are unpaid; however, students may earn academic credit. This internship is to provide general office support for the chapters that we are engaged with. This internship is not a research-based project.

Please send cover letter and resume to Lauren Howe, Manager of Community Engagement to lauren@slowfoodusa.org by May 26, 2017.

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.


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