Overview

Work. Serve. Thrive.

Imagine a place where your talent can make a meaningful difference in peoples’ lives.

Working at Feeding America is a uniquely rewarding experience in which our employees work together as vital parts of a much larger mission. We are innovative, mission-focused, diverse, collaborative, values-driven and focused on results.

We are a national, nonprofit organization and the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

The Opportunity

Interested in issue campaigns and grassroots strategy? Want to learn how to mobilize the public to take our message of a hunger-free America to elected officials? An internship at Feeding America’s Washington, DC office provides students with stimulating and practical work experience in the field of grassroots advocacy.

The Feeding America Internship Program offers students an opportunity to develop career-building experience in public policy and advocacy. Interning at Feeding America provides an excellent introduction to policy analysis, lobbying, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and advocacy communications.

Interns gain firsthand experience in domestic hunger and nutrition policy and Congressional politics and work closely with Feeding America staff to promote Feeding America’s policy agenda on hunger and nutrition assistance programs to a variety of audiences, including grassroots activists, congressional staff and other stakeholders.

Terms

§ Fall: September – December
§ Spring: January – May
§ Summer: June – August

Eligibility

The program is designed for undergraduate and graduate level college students. Candidates must be available at least two days per week for a minimum of 8 weeks. Undergraduates must have completed their sophomore year of college.

Areas of Responsibility

The Advocacy Intern will be responsible for helping to develop and execute grassroots strategies and issue campaigns designed to mobilize the public and Feeding America food banks—both online and offline—in support of public policy solutions to hunger. The intern will have an opportunity to work in online advocacy, communications strategy, social media, strategic planning, and more.

Responsibilities include:

  • Coordinating and drafting advocacy communications and social media content, blogs, and website copy.
  • Utilizing advocacy software to send emails, action alerts, and other communications.
  • Reporting and analyzing online metrics.
  • Supporting Feeding America’ strategic planning initiatives for the advocacy program.
  • Attending and taking notes at Congressional hearings, meetings, and briefings.
  • Drafting advocacy training materials for food banks and online advocates.
  • Coordinating and hosting webinars to train advocates.
  • Writing memos and strategy documents.
  • Accompanying Feeding America staff to lobby members of Congress.
  • Scheduling meetings with and making deliveries to Congressional offices.
  • Special projects as assigned.

Qualifications

Strong candidates will have related coursework or volunteer, internship, or job experience. All candidates should have a deep interest in the mission and work of Feeding America:

–Demonstrated interest in hunger and nutrition, the legislative
process, and politics.
–Excellent written and oral communication skills.
–Attention to detail and commitment to accuracy.
–Professionalism in interaction with coworkers.
–Ability to positively represent Feeding America on the phone and in
person.
–Ability to complete tasks in a timely manner and with limited
supervision.
–Assertiveness to ask for help when needed.
–Familiarity with Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet Explorer.
–Enthusiasm for Feeding America’s work and mission.

About Feeding America

As the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity, the Feeding America network supplies food to more than 37 million Americans each year, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Serving the entire United States, more than 200 member food banks support 61,000 agencies that address hunger in all of its forms. For more information, visit www.feedingamerica.org and www.hungeractioncenter.org.

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About Feeding America

Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.