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Women’s March Los Angeles
LA Food Policy Council

2018 Summer Policy Intern

Employment type
about 1 month ago
Los Angeles


Thank you for your interest in an internship with the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. The Los Angeles Food Policy Council (LAFPC) is a collective impact initiative created in January of 2011. The LAFPC advances the mission of building a Good Food system – one where food is healthy, affordable, and fairly and sustainably produced – for all Los Angeles residents.  A Good Food system has the potential to improve the health and well-being of our residents, particularly in low-income communities and communities of color; develop a thriving Good Food economy for everyone; and strengthen agricultural and environmental stewardship throughout the region.

LAFPC coordinates the expertise and leadership of community-based organizations, non-profits, universities, and public and private sector partners to strengthen connections across the food system. Through extensive coalition-building, our food policies and programs seek to build a sustainable food system by comprehensively addressing local economic development, worker equity, environmental stewardship, individual and community health, and health disparities in underserved communities. Priorities include shifting our regional food system to promote local growers, sustainable agriculture and fair working conditions for all food workers, and ensuring access to healthy, affordable food in underserved neighborhoods. The Food Policy Council and its staff serve as the “backbone” organization for the initiative, which has an extended reach of around

Interns play an important role in many aspects of our work. Interns work with staff on specific projects for 15 to 40 hours per week for at least three months. Interns conduct research and analysis, provide outreach and education through social media and other strategies, assist with writing publications, provide event support, and help with some administrative tasks.


A few things you should know about all LAFPC internships:

  • Though the majority of interns’ time will be spent working on specific project(s), interns may spend as much as 20-25% of their time on administrative and other office duties.
  • Interns receive a stipend for compensation and LAFPC will do whatever possible to ensure internships meet the requirements for students who wish to receive course credit for their work.
  • While all interns will have a regular work schedule, there may be some flexibility depending on your work or school schedule and the nature of the project.


The LA Food Policy Council’s internship program seeks highly motivated and organized individuals who have a passion for food policy issues.  The following is a list of general qualifications:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Experience with qualitative and quantitative research, as well as the ability to organize and communicate research findings
  • Commitment to social, environmental, and economic justice (commonly referred to as food justice)
  • Policy/advocacy experience
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Good team player who can work diplomatically with a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Solid computer skills
  • Graduate-level students in master’s programs are preferred, though undergraduates with excellent applications will be considered




  • Support ongoing research needs of LAFPC policy and programmatic priorities (including Good Food Purchasing Policy and/or Healthy Neighborhood Market Network).
  • Update and analyze data for Los Angeles Food System Snapshot.
  • Develop case studies/profiles of successful alternative food system models throughout Los Angeles foodshed (200 miles or 10-county Southern California region).
  • Develop toolkits and how-to guides on growing, distributing, sharing, and selling food.



  • Translate from or into Spanish/Korean.
  • Edit documents in Spanish/Korean.


Outreach and Education

  • Assist with social media
  • Assist with monthly meeting preparation and logistics.
  • Write content for LAFPC’s blog and/or quarterly e-mail newsletters.
  • Assist with compiling press kits and informational packets.
  • Assist with event planning and execution.
  • Assist with updating LAFPC website.
To apply


  • Interested applicants should email the following materials to [email protected]:
    1. Application form with contact information for two references
    2. Resumé
    3. Cover letter indicating your goals and interests and why you want to intern at LA Food Policy Council. Describe your particular skills, education (including major), and work/volunteer experience
  • We will follow up with highly qualified candidates to schedule an interview.