The City of Philadelphia’s Mayor’s Food Policy Fellowship offers an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate-level students to learn about and contribute to the City’s work in combating hunger.
Mayor’s Food Policy fellows will research emergency meal policy for the Mayor’s Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO), coordinate volunteers at designated soup kitchens, coordinate implementation of Meals and More programming, and collect data on emergency meal guests and providers. Fellows report to CEO’s food access manager. Fellows will help improve the quality of emergency meals served in Philadelphia, and will also gain valuable experience for careers in City government and non-profits.
The Meals and More Fellowship is an unpaid fellowship that will take place during the spring months. Fellows must commit to working 35-40 hours per week and must be available to work the duration of the fellowship program. Some of these hours will be spent in the CEO office, and some will be spent at meal sites.
Intern responsibilities include:
Recruiting and leading Meals and More volunteers at their emergency meal sites
Researching food insecurity and best practices in emergency meal service
Collaborating with meal site supervisors to implement best practices
Collecting and analyzing data on emergency meal guests and providers
Researching social service providers and connecting them with meal providers
Researching potential sources of funding, volunteers, and other resources
Preparing volunteer training curricula to improve meal guests’ connections to social services
Must be an undergraduate or graduate student to apply. Applicants should have a strong background in one of the following: social work, human services, statistics, public policy, public health, urban planning, urban studies, or public administration. Also important are strong written and verbal communication skills, problem solving skills, and the ability to work with a team.
Application and Interview Process
The Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity will contact you upon assessment of your cover letter and resume if you are selected for an interview. Applications will be accepted through the March 31st. Interviews will take place as applications are received. We are accepting applicants on a rolling basis. We are looking for fellows who can begin in June.
Please send a copy of your resume and cover letter to Caroline.Kane@Phila.gov. No late responses will be accepted. Hard copy applications will not be accepted. The subject line of your email should read: [Last Name, First Name] MFP Application.
- People Skills
- Problem Solving
- Verbal / Written Communication
- Critical Thinking
- Community Outreach
Good Match For
Requirements & Commitment
- Must be at least 18
- 35-40 hours/week
- Must be an undergraduate or graduate student to apply