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) has openings for anti-hunger VISTA members in its three state-based initiatives headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland; Washington, DC; 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 Maryland, DC and Virginia programs.

Organizational Background

FRAC is the leading national organization working to improve public policy to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States. FRAC engages in advocacy, research, analysis, policy development, training, technical assistance, and public education to improve public nutrition programs (e.g., SNAP/food stamps, school meals, summer and afterschool food, child care food, WIC) and anti-poverty programs and broaden their reach.

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

Responsibilities

The full-Year VISTA members will support FRAC’s work in DC, Maryland, and Virginia to build capacity to expand access to the federal Supplemental Nutrition and 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 and will include information about that program in SNAP toolkit materials and trainings. Vista members may also work with farmers’ markets to improve and expand the use of EBT at the markets and to provide outreach to ensure that recipients are aware that growing numbers of markets accept SNAP benefits.

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. (For Maryland and Virginia positions must have own transportation; mileage will be reimbursed.)

Compensation and Benefits

Compensation and benefits are provided by the AmeriCorps program. FRAC reimburses the Vista member for reasonable commuting expenses to and from its offices, as well as any work-related travel expenses.

To Apply

Up to 4 total positions are available (1 each in DC and VA, and 2 in MD). Please email cover letter and resume, along with 2 references no later than December 4th to:

employment@frac.org

Please include “Vista member” in subject line, along with the location(s) where you prefer to work (MD, DC, VA).

AND

Visit the AmeriCorps/VISTA website. Select “Hunger” as your Interest, choose District of Columbia, Maryland, or Virginia as your Location. From the resulting position list, select:

Anti-Hunger and Opportunity Corps – VISTA member

Create an account and complete the application no later than December 15th.

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 Programs Summer 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 a summer intern to work with FRAC’s child nutrition team on school meals and out of school time programs, focusing primarily on the School Breakfast Program. The intern will work with members of the child nutrition team to develop resources targeted for a variety of stakeholders including state child nutrition agencies, anti-hunger and education advocates, and school districts to expand participation in the child nutrition programs, and will provide research support on emerging issues effecting the programs. This position will include significant exposure to policy making processes and interaction (conference calls, meetings, etc.) with leaders in the anti-hunger and nutrition policy community.

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 child nutrition work is part of its Campaign to End Childhood Hunger, which focuses on increasing children’s access to the federal nutrition programs. The School Breakfast Program plays a crucial role in reducing childhood hunger and improving children’s health and educational achievement—and is significantly underutilized compared with the National School Lunch Program. This position will provide valuable experience working with key stakeholders and advocates to increase school breakfast participation by low-income children, with a special focus on encouraging schools to adopt in-classroom breakfast programs.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Very strong writing and research skills; data analysis experience 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 the School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, Summer Food Service Program, and/or Afterschool Meals 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.

Potential Projects

  • Assist with development and collection of data and surveys for FRAC’s reports on related to the School Breakfast Program.
  • Assist with development of technical assistance resources for state agencies and school districts to implement Community Eligibility (the newest federal option for serving free school meals in high poverty schools).
  • Create monthly newsletter to inform key stakeholders of news and updates affecting the School Breakfast Program.
  • Track and update database of national, state, and local school breakfast expansion efforts, including state legislation and available grant funding opportunities for schools.
  • Assist with development of in-classroom breakfast menu planning resources for schools, including creating sample menus and identifying best practices for improving nutrition quality.
  • Research emerging issues related to education reform and potential intersection with school meals programs.

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 brief writing sample to employment@frac.org. Include “Child Nutrition Summer 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. The majority of work will be conducted with Microsoft Word, with occasional work in InDesign.
  • 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

  • Good 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.

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 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.


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.