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


Archivist: Digital Management Intern

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 communications unit.

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.

Project Description

The Food Research and Action Center was founded in 1970, and has had a major role in shaping public policy around hunger and poverty. It fought for the creation of many of the federal nutrition programs, focused the country on “ketchup as a vegetable,” and conducted the first major survey of hunger in America.

This project will create a digital asset management plan that will capture, preserve, and share FRAC’s achievements.

The Archivist would be responsible for assessing the scope of work, helping the organization prioritize what needs to be preserved, and identifying gaps that require additional research. We are seeking a person who can help us not only identify what needs to be saved, but also help us think creatively about how to tell our story.

This project will be supervised by members of the communications department, with additional support provided by the legislative department.

Project Outcome

At the completion of this project, the archivist will have created a process for reviewing and archiving FRAC materials, and will have helped to implement this process by reviewing and archiving FRAC historic materials.

Responsibilities include:

  • Assess and recommend a digital assessment management system.
  • Determine the scope of work by locating and reviewing original materials produced in a variety of formats.
  • Develop a plan for preserving materials in a digital format for long-term storage and preservation.
  • Develop a digital storage logging plan that clearly indicates what is being saved and where it is, including descriptions of the preserved records.
  • Implement this plan and provide a comprehensive guide to ensure quality control moving forward.
  • Identify and research gaps in FRAC’s archives.
  • Provide additional archival guidance as the process moves forward, including input on ways to share digital collection.

Skills and Qualifications:

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited Masters of Library Science program preferred.
  • Thorough understanding of digital preservation issues and archival description.
  • Knowledge of archival preservation practices.
  • Knowledge of copyright law and issues pertaining to digitization and use of manuscript and photograph collections.
  • Knowledge of digitization best-practices and metadata management.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; ability to present and share ideas clearly and effectively.
  • Intermediate to advanced skills in Microsoft Office products.
  • Commitment to social justice, and strong interest in social policy

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.

To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and writing sample to employment@frac.org. Include “ARCHIVIST:DIGITAL MANAGEMENT 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.


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.


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.


Summer 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.
  • 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:
Minimum of 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 “Summer 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.


Summer Meals Associate – VISTA Summer Member

Positions Available
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in partnership with the New York City Coalition Against Hunger (NYCCAH), has an opening for a summer anti-hunger VISTA member with D.C. Hunger Solutions (FRAC’s state-based initiative headquartered in Washington, D.C.). This position is a 10 or 8 week AmeriCorps/Vista placement to help build capacity for the federal nutrition programs in the District of Columbia. The VISTA member will be employed through NYCCAH, but will report to the Director of D.C. Hunger Solutions.

Organizational Background – The Food Research and Action Center and D.C.Hunger Solutions
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.

As the hub of anti-hunger advocacy, outreach, research, and public education work in the District of Columbia, D.C. Hunger Solutions plays a key leadership role in improving public anti-hunger programs and developing and promoting stronger solutions proposed by anti-hunger and anti-poverty groups and coalitions throughout the city. D.C. Hunger Solutions carries out its mission to reduce hunger and poverty and improve nutrition by: maximizing participation in the federal nutrition programs (SNAP/food stamps; WIC; school meals; and summer, afterschool, and child care meals); improving public policies to end hunger, reduce poverty, improve nutrition, and curb obesity; and increasing access to healthy, affordable food in low-income District of Columbia neighborhoods.

D.C. Hunger Solutions works to alert the public and policymakers about the extent of hunger and its adverse effects on health, learning, productivity and well-being; to forge and implement workable solutions; and to engage a network of partners to make the federal nutrition programs accessible to all those who are in need.

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
Assist in the implementation, access, and quality of the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP)

Collaborate with existing partner agencies- including community and faith-based organizations as well as local social service agencies

  • Host USDA program awareness sessions
  • Provide support to organizations assisting low-income community members in accessing benefits

Improve access to nutritious food to Summer Food Service Program participants and families

  • Use farmers’ markets and community gardens to improve access

Expand educational opportunities at sites regarding:

  • the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) benefit programs
  • Redemption process
  • Expand nutrition education by creating materials and conducting trainings.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree, in progress; for a degree in a field related to social justice/ anti-hunger.
  • 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 preferred.
  • Conversant in Spanish, a plus.
  • Ability to travel around D.C. for meetings and events.

Time Commitment:
This is either an 8 week or 10 week summer position. 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.

Program Benefits:
The Summer Associate member will be paid by NYCCAH, roughly $613 pre-tax every two weeks.

  • Education award ($1,212) or end-of-service cash stipend (~$250)
  • 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 April 21, 2015 to:
employment@dchunger.org. Please include “Summer Vista Member – DCHS” in subject line.

AND
Please click here OR copy and paste https://my.americorps.gov/mp/listing/viewListing.do?id=59880&fromSearch=true and complete the program application.

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.


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.