California: The Chez Panisse Foundation seeks Communications & Research Intern

17 Nov

The Chez Panisse Foundation (CPF) and Chez Panisse Restaurant (CPR) are offering an unpaid internship to students or recent graduates wishing to gain experience in a stimulating and fast-paced work environment. The intern will support the Director of Communications for CPF/CPR, assisting with a variety of activities related to advancing our mission through external/internal communications and research. Responsibilities include day-to-day tasks and short-term projects.

About the Chez Panisse Foundation
CPF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Alice Waters in 1996. CPF is committed to transforming public education by operating and supporting programs that use food traditions to teach, nurture, and empower young people. The Foundation envisions a curriculum, integrated with the school lunch service and a wonderful dining experience, in which growing, cooking, and sharing food at the table give students the knowledge and values to build a humane and sustainable future.

About the Restaurant
CPR was started by Alice Waters and a group of friends in 1971. From the beginning, the restaurant championed fresh, organic and locally grown products. Although a novelty at the time, these values have been brought into the mainstream by Chez Panisse and Alice Waters.

Primary Responsibilities
Monitor news stories and developments pertinent to our work
Help maintain press databases/contacts and photo archives
Monitor and update social media, including Facebook, Twitter, blogs, and websites
Draft and/or proofread various written materials such as press releases, media advisories, newsletter copy, book blurbs or forwards, and other publicity materials
Field information requests and assist in interfacing with press, supporters, and public
Assist in coordinating logistics and producing collateral for events and special projects such as media opportunities, fundraisers, and new publications
Conduct short research assignments

Excellent writing and other communication skills
Ability to manage deadlines in fast-faced environment
Excellent general knowledge of the sustainable food movement
Creative and flexible
Work well independently and collaboratively

Duration & Compensation
Unpaid internship, Chez Panisse lunch provided
4 months, 4 days per week (25 hours)

Application Information
Please submit a resume and cover letter to David Prior, Communications Director (, with “Comm/Research Intern” in the subject line. Please include your days & hours of availability in the letter.

Application deadline: November 30, 2010
Internship dates: December 6, 2010 – March 31, 2011
No phone calls, please.

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