NYC: Brooklyn Food Coalition seeks Summer Interns

4 May

Brooklyn Food Coalition (BFC) Mission: The Brooklyn Food Coalition is a grassroots organization working together on projects that promote food justice, food security and a sustainable food system in Brooklyn.

The Coalition is fundamentally committed to building an inclusive, multi-racial, multi-cultural alliance of residents and community-based groups from all parts of Brooklyn, reflecting the borough’s rich diversity.

Intern schedules and responsibilities: We wish to deepen the work our neighborhood groups are doing in Brooklyn with a diverse and empowered membership. We welcome all those interested in food justice organizing.

Each intern will work 20 hours per week between June 20-August 20 for a specific project. Interns must be available for assignments on weekends and weeknights to attend meetings with members and community activists as well as street fairs, volunteer days at urban farms, and special events in Brooklyn. In order to harmonize interns’ work with the organization interns interns will meet with BFC organizers on a bi-weekly basis to reflect on and advance our work together, and on alternate weeks to join the BFC staff communications meetings.

We will hold interviews with all intern applicants through early May and make decisions around May 15. Internships will begin the week of June 20 with a half-day orientation meeting.

Specific Internship Assignments:

Neighborhood Outreach Organizers (3 interns needed)
Each of these interns will be assigned a specific neighborhood (Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights/Prospect Heights, or Ft. Greene/Clinton Hill); the work of the intern will focus on one of these neighborhoods but will also include broader Brooklyn-wide organizing as needed.  Neighborhood residents will be preferred. Work will include:

  • Attending meetings
  • Supporting activities of the neighborhood groups
  • Tabling at street fairs
  • Researching and sharing neighborhood resources
  • Making contacts with other organizations,
  • Leading flyer distribution
  • Developing calendar items for neighborhood group on street fairs
  • Staffing special events, e.g., monthly socials

Campus Organizer & Youth Outreach Database (1 intern needed)
This intern will establish relationships with students who attend colleges in Brooklyn with the goal of creating BFC chapters in Brooklyn’s many colleges.  Our first priority will be working at Medgar Evers and then at Kingsborough Community College, City Tech, and Brooklyn College. Work on the campuses will include:

  • Creating contacts with students who are activists or potential activists in the areas of food, health, environmental justice; establishing lists of activists, meeting individually and with small groups of students
  • Assessing the specific interests and organizational forms of students at the college
  • Creating meetings and special events, e.g., parties, film screenings, volunteer days, that attract college students
  • Informing college students about BFC goals and activities, welcoming them to work with BFC
  • Supporting the overall work of the BFC (see above (flyer distribution, tabling at street fairs and staff special events

Benefits to Interns
Interns will learn about community organizing, particularly in low and mixed income communities and on public college campuses.  Interns will learn successful strategies for education, mobilization and engagement specifically for the diverse communities of Brooklyn. All interns will receive subway MetroCards for use throughout the internships.

How to Apply?
Please send a cover letter indicating why you’d like to intern with the BFC, a resume, and  contact info for two references  We will contact you within the week for a short phone interview and answer any questions you might have. An in-person interview will be required.

Thank you for applying to the Brooklyn Food Coalition.

Let’s change the food system now!

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