Fellowships & Internships

Fellowship & Internship Opportunities

Updated 9/16/18:

International Rescue Committee: New Roots Food Secure Resettlement Intern


As clients arrive in the US they are surrounded by foods with which they are unfamiliar, and also many options that can lead to diet-related disease. Unfortunately, many of the unhealthy options also tend to be cheaper and easier to access than healthy and whole options. The New Roots program works with IRC clients in two main areas: 1) Food Secure Resettlement (FSR) and 2) food and community-based wellness programming including gardening, community events, and placemaking. Our goal in the FSR programming is to assist IRC clients with access to healthy and affordable culturally appropriate food options and nutrition education in the US context. Grocery store tours, home visits, and nutrition education support to newly arrived families as they navigate their local food system. New Roots also ensures that individuals and families have long-term access to the freshest, most nutritious food through farmers’ market visits, healthy cooking demonstrations, and fresh food vouchers. Every intern will work on a project
developed with staff that will benefit the IRC program, clients, and/or organization while providing an opportunity for the intern to practice skills and gain deeper knowledge relevant to their educational and/or career goals.

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Alta Planning and Design: Planning Intern


This is an excellent part-time, temporary opportunity for a student to learn about creating livable and healthy communities and to work with a dedicated group of bicycle and pedestrian planners and designers who are leaders in the field. A general understanding of the field of urban planning and the ability to collaborate across discipline boundaries to support the delivery of solutions which meet client expectations is required in order to successfully meet the requirements of this position.

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Center for Creative Leadership: W.K.Kellogg Community Leadership Network Fellowship

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL) seeks to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society across the globe. A top ranking executive education firm worldwide, CCL brings nearly 50 years of experience, research and best practice to connect the challenges leaders face with the essential skills they need to be successful. Since 1970, CCL has helped transform more than 500,000 leaders and 3,000 organizations in 160 countries. CCL manages the WKKF Community Leadership Network as a grantee of the Kellogg Foundation. The WKKF Community Leadership Network is an 18-month fellowship program for local leaders to connect, grow and lead transformational change on behalf of children, families and communities.

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Closing Date: September 30

First Nations Development Program: Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program

At First Nations Development Institute (First Nations), we believe that reclaiming control over local food systems is an important step toward ensuring the long-lasting health and economic well-being of Native people and communities.  Native food-system control has the potential to increase food production, improve health and nutrition, and eliminate food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities, while also promoting entrepreneurship and economic development.

The purpose of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program is to encourage more Native American college students to enter these fields so that they can better assist their communities with these efforts. First Nations will award five $1,000 scholarships for the 2018-2019 academic school year to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and agriculture-related fields, including but not limited to agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, environmental studies, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, food science and technology, horticulture, irrigation science, nutrition education, and sustainable agriculture or food systems.

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Closing Date: October 4

UC Santa Cruz : Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture 

The Apprenticeship in Ecological Horticulture provides training in the concepts and practices of organic gardening and small-scale farming. This full-time program is held at the Center’s 30-acre CASFS/UCSC Farm and 3-acre Alan Chadwick Garden on the UCSC campus. The Apprenticeship training program offers 300 hours of classroom instruction and 700 hours of in-field training and hands-on experience in the greenhouses, gardens, orchards, and fields. The UCSC Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems offers a Certificate in Ecological Horticulture upon successful completion of the program.

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Closing Date: September 30




Updated 9/02/18:

Friends of Sausal Creek(FOSC):  Education and Stewardship Intern

Paid| Part-time

FOSC is a volunteer-based, nonprofit, community organization dedicated to promoting awareness, appreciation, and stewardship of Oakland’s Sausal Creek Watershed, which drains to San Francisco Bay.

The education and stewardship intern will support FOSC’s outdoor education and restoration programs. Internship duties will include leading and supporting school groups and community members in habitat restoration and environmental education stewardship projects in urban and wild areas of the Sausal Creek Watershed; assisting with data entry and nursery tasks; and doing community outreach, particularly in the Fruitvale neighborhood as part of the Walkable Watershed Program.

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Closing Date: September 21st

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