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Cause Areas

When

It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.

Where

8014 Marine WayIrvine, CA 92618


About

We are looking for enthusiastic interns that will work directly with the community to increase participation in the CalFresh program (formally known as food stamps). CalFresh benefits serve the community by significantly reducing hunger and poverty, while also boosting local economic activity. Unfortunately, only 57% of eligible Californians participate in the program. Participation rates in Orange County are even lower, the county ranks as the 43 rd lowest in participation rates of 58 counties. To increase participation in Orange County, CalFresh interns work to promote and educate the community about the program. Additionally, to facilitate the application process, interns help community members fill out and submit applications, and follow up on each case.

Your work will significantly contribute to increasing our reach in the community, and a report on your impact and/or a letter of recommendation is available when your internship is complete. This internship will give you comprehensive public benefits training and practice (including Medi-Cal), provide you with hands-on service, as well as professional case management and advocacy experience. This position is suited for a variety of majors.

This Internship will give you the opportunity to:

  • Become a knowledgeable resource on the CalFresh program
  • Conduct direct outreach to food insecure communities regarding CalFresh
  • Help applicants understand the program and the application process
  • Assist applicants with the application and ensure its completion
  • Submit each application to social services with clients
  • Keep clients informed about the status of each application
  • Advocate on behalf of the clients and navigate through any complications that arise
  • Participate in CalFresh team meetings and provide feedback to help the team improve community impact

Qualifications:

  • A passion for hunger alleviation and community development
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Bilingual abilities are strongly preferred (Spanish/Vietnamese)
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Excel and MS Word)
  • Good judgment when handling sensitive and/or confidential material
  • Time management skills/ability to juggfrile multiple responsibilities
  • Valid driver's license, proof of vehicle insurance coverage (mileage compensation provided)
  • Must pass background check

Personal Qualities:

  • Positive and energetic
  • People person who enjoys connecting with others
  • Friendly, courteous customer service skills
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude and diplomatic demeanor while working with diverse individuals
  • Flexible and adaptable to change
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Commitment to living out the Food Bank’s core values of compassion, integrity, stewardship, service excellence and diversity

Physical Demands:

  • Regular driving throughout Orange County
  • Extended use of computers and sitting at a desk

Work Environment:

  • Indoor, office environment (20% of the time)
  • Driving time
  • On-site work with clients and partners (80% of the time)

Skills

  • Networking
  • People Skills
  • Bilingual
  • Case Work / Management
  • Relationship Building
  • Community Outreach

Good Match For

N/A

Requirements & Commitment

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Orientation or Training
  • Average 8 hours per week
  • This is an unpaid internship opportunity, and you may be eligible to receive college credit.

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