Jobs and Internships

  • The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working to improve public policy to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, analysis, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and public education to improve public nutrition programs and broaden their reach. FRAC and its anti-hunger partners throughout the U.S. work to alert the public and policymakers to the extent of hunger and its impact, and forge workable solutions at the national, state and community levels.

Current Openings and General Internship Information


Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps – VISTA members

Positions Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), has openings for anti-hunger VISTA members in its three state-based initiatives headquartered in the District of Columbia; Baltimore, Maryland; and Richmond, Virginia to help build capacity for the federal nutrition programs in those states.  These positions are one-year AmeriCorps/Vista placements with FRAC’s D.C., Maryland and Virginia programs.

Organizational Background – The Food Research and Action Center

The Food Research and Action Center is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works in partnership with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, public agencies, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

D.C. Hunger Solutions (DCHS), Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) and Virginia Hunger Solutions (VHS) are FRAC initiatives working to create local hunger-free communities and to improve the nutrition, health, economic security and well-being of low-income residents of these communities.  VHS is a joint project with the Virginia Poverty Law Center (VPL).

Organizational Background – Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC)

The Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps (AHOC) is an AmeriCorps VISTA project, sponsored by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the Wal-Mart Foundation, and managed by the New York City Coalition Against Hunger. VISTA members work in both rural and urban areas across the country as part of a public-private partnership to improve access to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps) for Americans in need.

Responsibilities

The full-year VISTA members will support FRAC’s work in D.C., Maryland and Virginia to build capacity to expand access to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).  The members will help recruit and train volunteers to assist in SNAP outreach.  They will help identify and engage community partners, faith-based organizations and local agencies to expand the number of organizations providing SNAP application assistance and will coordinate with partner organizations to develop innovative and targeted plans to reach special communities of interest (non-English speakers, seniors, rural populations and low-income workers).  They will also create and update SNAP toolkit resources and investigate ways to better inform recipients of the SNAP Employment and Training Program. The VISTA members may also work to increase outreach for summer meals, after schools meals, and to expand school breakfast programs.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree; with preference for a degree in a field related to anti-hunger / social justice.
  • Good oral and written communications skills. Ability to present and speak in public on behalf of the organization.
  • Detail-oriented planning and implementation skills.
  • Willingness to work varied hours.
  • Good organizational skills.
  • Self-starter; ability to work independently.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; team orientation.
  • Evidence of commitment to social justice; experience with SNAP/food stamp program a plus.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office Suite products with ability to use Excel for data collection.
  • Conversant in Spanish, a plus.
  • Ability to travel around the state for meetings and events. (Must have own transportation; mileage will be reimbursed.)

Time Commitment

This is a one year, full-time position beginning June 2015. You are expected to be available for the needs of your community and project at all times, including days, nights and weekends. Because AmeriCorps VISTA service requires a full immersion in the project and community, both full and part-time employment are strictly prohibited. For more information, please review the AmeriCorps VISTA Terms, Conditions and Benefits information available here – http://bit.ly/1dAs2FM.

Housing
You are responsible for finding your own housing.  No housing allowance will be provided.

Program Benefits

  • Living allowance, paid biweekly through NYCCAH
  • Segal Education Award ($5,730) or End-of-Service stipend ($1,500)
  • Health benefits through NYCCAH
  • Opportunity to forbear student loans while in service
  • Relocation assistance (if applicable)
  • Childcare assistance (if applicable)
  • Optional life insurance
  • One year non-competitive status for federal government positions
  • A network of over 180,000 AmeriCorps VISTA members and alums

To Apply

Please email cover letter and resume, along with 2 references no later than May 1, 2015 to: employment@frac.org.  Please include “VISTA member” in subject line, along with the location(s) where you prefer to work (DC, MD or VA).

AND

Please go to http://1.usa.gov/SZCtfm and complete the program application.

*Health benefits provided by participating in the AmeriCorps VISTA program currently do not meet the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act.  If an AmeriCorps VISTA participant does not enroll in a separate program to meet this mandate, they may be assessed a penalty payment.

Please no phone calls.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.  FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.


Child Nutrition Summer Intern – Summer and Afterschool Meals Team

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a nonprofit public policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to end hunger in the U.S., is seeking a summer intern to work with FRAC’s summer and afterschool meals expansion team. The intern will work with members of the team to develop resources targeted for a variety of stakeholders including state child nutrition agencies, anti-hunger and child advocates, school districts, and community-based organizations to expand summer and afterschool meals participation, and will provide research support on emerging issues affecting the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Afterschool Meal Program offered through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

Organizational Background

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, state and local public agencies, schools, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

FRAC’s afterschool and summer nutrition program expansion work is part of its Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, which focuses on increasing low-income children’s access to the federal nutrition programs. The afterschool and summer nutrition programs play a crucial role in reducing childhood hunger and improving children’s health and educational achievement, but serve only a fraction of the low-income children who need access to these programs. This position will focus on using strategies that have been proven to increase afterschool and summer nutrition program participation, with a focus on outreach and providing technical support to cities, schools, nonprofits, anti-hunger organizations, and other key stakeholders in order to drive participation growth.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Very strong writing and research skills; experience in conducting outreach preferred.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in child health, poverty, and/or nutrition-related issues.
  • Understanding of hunger and poverty and their impact upon communities, families, and individuals.
  • Knowledge of SFSP, the CACFP Afterschool Meal Program and other government programs for low-income children preferred.
  • Commitment to working for social justice.
  • Experience working with schools, public agencies, and nonprofits a plus.

Responsibilities and Potential Projects

  • Assist with the development and updating of program guides and publications.
  • Assist in the collection of data and surveys for annual program status reports.
  • Research and compile best practice models from local advocates, sponsors, and providers of summer and afterschool meals.
  • Track national, state, and local summer and afterschool meals expansion efforts, including implementation of streamlining policies recently issued by US Department of Agriculture (USDA).
  • Compile resources and announcements for monthly newsletter informing summer and afterschool key stakeholders of news and updates affecting the Summer Food Service Program and the Afterschool Meal Program.
  • Assist in organizing and planning monthly webinars and conference calls for national partner organizations and for afterschool and summer meal administrators, sponsors and advocates.
  • Assist in the administration of grants provided to targeted cities and anti-hunger groups to implement the summer and afterschool nutrition programs locally, tracking and reporting progress relative to scheduled outcomes.

Benefits
This internship may be done either on a volunteer basis or to meet course/program requirements. If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500. Summer interns are expected to work at least 32 hours per week.

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment@frac.org. Include “Summer and Afterschool Meals Intern” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.


Desktop Publishing/Communications Intern

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is looking for a Desktop Publishing/Communications Intern to support the communications department.

Organizational Background

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, state and local public agencies, schools, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

Projects may include, but will not be limited to:

  • Assist with design and formatting of FRAC publications, including reports, brochures, and other print materials.
  • Assist with the design of digital marketing materials, including presentations and web banners.
  • Assist with the development of graphs, charts, maps, and infographics to support FRAC data releases.
  • Assist with preparing orders and artwork files for print.
  • Monitor and update inventories for printed materials.
  • Organize and manage photography archives.
  • Other duties may be assigned as opportunities emerge.

Skills

  • Strong knowledge of desktop publishing and graphic design software and equipment, including Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator).
  • Ability to manipulate data and charts in Excel.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills.
  • Resourcefulness, ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a team are vital.
  • Knowledge of basic HTML and familiarity designing for the web is preferred.
  • Photography skills are a plus.
  • Creative approach to projects.

Goals of the Internship

This internship will provide key work experience in desktop publishing/graphic design and communications at a nonprofit organization.

Salary Details

This is temporary part-time position that pays $14 – $15 per hour, for up to 20 hours per week not exceeding 12 weeks.

To Apply

Email cover, resume, and examples of design work (print and online) to employment@frac.org. Include “Desktop Publishing/ Communications Intern” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.


Press/Communications Intern

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is looking for a Press/Communications Intern to support the communications department.

Organizational Background

FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and undernutrition in the United States. FRAC works with hundreds of national, state and local nonprofit organizations, state and local public agencies, schools, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger, food insecurity, and their root cause, poverty.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Support the Communications Department with media outreach.
  • Maintain and update press database, targeted press lists, media hits, and news clippings (both historic and current).
  • Research potential blogs, online listings, and local press outlets.
  • Assist with writing press releases, email alerts, fact sheets, and online materials.
  • Help monitor news stories and external events.
  • Assist with branding and formatting of Word documents, (e.g. fact sheets incorporating variable data).
  • General administrative tasks as needed.

Skills

  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
  • Excellent research and writing abilities.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, and keen attention to detail.
  • Resourcefulness, ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a team are vital.
  • Knowledge of basic HTML a plus.

Goals of the Internship

This internship will provide key work experience in communications and media outreach at a nonprofit organization.

Benefits

This internship may be done either on a volunteer basis or to meet course/program requirements. If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500. Fall interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week.

To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample (no more than 3 pages) to employment@frac.org. Include “Press/Communications Intern” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.


Research and Statistics Spring Intern – Nutrition Policy and Early Childhood Programs Team

Position Available

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), a nonprofit public policy, research, and advocacy organization that works to end hunger in the U.S., is seeking an intern to work with FRAC’s nutrition policy and early childhood programs team in the spring of 2015. The intern will work with the team to develop a research article focused on food insecurity and/or nutrition policy.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Master’s degree or higher in public health, nutrition, public policy or other relevant area.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated interest in food insecurity, child health, poverty, nutrition policy and/or nutrition-related issues.
  • Experience with advanced statistical methods (e.g., multivariable linear and logistic regression).
  • Experience with large secondary data sets (e.g., NHANES, NHIS, or others).
  • Working knowledge of a statistical program such as Stata or SAS.
  • Excellent research and writing skills.
  • Understanding of hunger and poverty and their impact upon communities, families, and individuals.
  • Commitment to working for social justice.

Responsibilities and Potential Projects

  • Assist with analysis of national, state, or local federal nutrition program and/or food insecurity data.
  • Write an original research article on the association between food insecurity and health or well-being (or other relevant variable) that uses advanced statistical methods and a secondary data set.
  • Assist nutrition policy and early childhood program team with additional research needs.

Benefits
This internship may be done either to meet course /program requirements or as a volunteer.  If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500.

Start Date
The start and end dates of the internship are flexible, but the ideal candidate will be available for a 12 week internship. Interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week.

To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, writing sample, and list of 3 references to employment@frac.org. Include “Research and Statistics Spring Intern” in subject line.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

Posted January 16, 2015.


Legislative Intern

The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is the leading national organization working to improve public policy to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in research, analysis, training, technical assistance, advocacy, and public education to improve public nutrition programs and broaden their reach. FRAC and its anti-hunger partners throughout the U.S. work to educate the public and policymakers to the extent of hunger and its impact, and forge workable solutions at the national, state and community levels.

FRAC is looking for a Legislative Intern to support the work of the legislative department. This internship will provide key work experience in public policy development and advocacy at a nonprofit organization.

The intern’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Scheduling meetings on Capitol Hill.
  • Scheduling and assisting in the planning of FRAC’s coalition meetings.
  • Developing educational and background materials for Capitol Hill staff and field network.
  • Providing administrative support for the 2015 National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference (March 1-3, 2015 held in Washington, DC).
  • Monitoring Capitol Hill briefings, hearings and other events.
  • Maintaining network database and providing general administrative support.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or working towards one.
  • Interest in anti-hunger policy and advocacy.
  • Impeccable organization skills with attention to detail and ability to prioritize and multi-task.
  • Superb written and oral communication skills.
  • Excellent MS Office skills, including Excel.
  • Basic knowledge of federal public policy process.

Requirements:

  • Must be able to commit to at least 5 months
  • 20 hours a week on a regular schedule.

Compensation: Paid

To Apply:

Send a cover letter and resume to:

Legislative Intern Coordinator
Food Research and Action Center
1200 18th Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
E-Mail: employment@frac.org (Please include “Legislative Intern” in subject line.)
Website: www.frac.org

Opening/Closing Dates:

The position is available immediately. It will close when filled. However, FRAC seeks to hire a qualified individual as soon as possible.

FRAC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. FRAC is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on age, sex, race, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.

No phone calls, please.

Posted January 8, 2015


MDHS Press/Communications Intern

Position Available

Maryland Hunger Solutions (MDHS) is looking for a Press/Communications Intern to expand the organization’s media work, including writing persuasive blog posts and op-eds, developing multimedia content for social networks, and supporting the organization’s communications strategies.

Organizational Background

Maryland Hunger Solutions is the lead research, public education, and advocacy group in Maryland dedicated to using public programs to end hunger. An initiative of the Food Research and Action Center, Maryland Hunger Solutions works with state and local nonprofit organizations, state and local public agencies, schools, corporations and labor organizations to address hunger and its root cause, poverty.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist with writing blog postings, opinion pieces, press releases, fact sheets, online content, and other written materials.
  • Research potential blogs, online listings, and local press outlets.
  • Monitor news stories and external events to identify potential press opportunities.
  • Assist with developing content for Maryland Hunger Solutions’ Facebook and Twitter accounts.
  • Produce multimedia content, including videos and photos.
  • Maintain and update press database, targeted press lists, media hits, and news clippings (both historic and current).
  • General administrative tasks as needed.

Skills

  • Strong writing skills and news judgment.
  • Excellent research abilities, and communication and organizational skills.
  • Keen attention to detail.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, including Word and Excel.
  • Resourcefulness, ability to take initiative and to work both independently and as a team are vital.
  • Experience with social networks, and knowledge of basic HTML.
  • Video editing skills a plus.

Goals of the Internship

This internship will provide key work experience in communications and media outreach at a nonprofit organization.

Benefits

This internship may be done either on a volunteer basis or to meet course/program requirements. If this is done on a volunteer basis, FRAC will reimburse commuting expenses up to $500. Fall interns are expected to work at least 20 hours per week.

To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and three to five writing samples (no more than 3 pages each) to employment@frac.org. Include “MDHS Press/Communications Intern” in subject line.

MDHS is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. MDHS is firmly committed to a policy against discrimination based on sex, race, age, religious creed, sexual orientation, disability or ethnic or national origin.