UC Global Food Initiative
Food Security Policy Intern – Indirect Costs of College

This position is currently closed. Please visit: http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/internship-opportunities-ucsb-sustainability/ to see our currently open positions

Hours Per Week: 10hrs/wk
Wage: $14/hr. (work-study preferred, but not required)

Description of Internship
The UCSB Sustainability Program seeks an undergraduate student to identify best practices in campus food policy and campus responses to food insecurity. The selected student will focus specifically on issues related to indirect costs–such as housing, meal plans, textbooks, medical expenses and access to transportation–and their relationship to student food security. Through analysis of peer-reviewed journal articles, interviews with leaders in the food security movement and campus staff at other institutions, the selected student will develop potential interventions and reports to be summarized for campus staff, faculty and students. The undergraduate student will also work with relevant stakeholders and decision-makers to implement relevant and impactful interventions and policy changes to reduce the percentage of food insecure students at UCSB.


  • Develop a proposal for offering affordable textbooks (via loans or electronic books) in partnership with stakeholders on campus such as the UCSB Library.
  • Investigate alternative options for meal plan structures and pricing to inform campus stakeholders about potential future options.
  • Research best practices on how other campuses have supported housing insecure students and summarize those practices for UCSB to consider.
  • Consider the issue of overcrowding in housing options for students.
  • Develop a definition of housing insecurity and identify key concerns related to housing insecurity.
  • Research how other campuses support their students to pay for or reduce costs of indirect costs that students bear.
  • Read and evaluate peer-reviewed research articles on indirect costs and/or food security.
  • Keep up to date on new food and financial security data and research. Develop summaries and reports to inform the campus on this data.
  • Continue seeking new ways through best practice research and review of peer-reviewed articles to reduce the percentage of students who are food insecure.  Focus on strategies that are likely to reduce need rather than direct service-based solutions.

Minimum Requirements

  • Independent thinker capable of collaborating to design and implement programs and practices;
  • Professional in written and verbal communications;
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills;
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects at the same time;
  • Diplomatic and openness to considering multiple perspectives on a given issue; and
  • Detail-oriented.

Preferred Requirements

  • Familiarity with food security;
  • Familiarity with campus administration policies and procedures;
  • Experience reading and evaluating peer-reviewed articles; and
  • Creative thinker.


The UC Global Food Initiative challenged staff, faculty, and students throughout the University of California system to consider what each of us can do to address food security locally and globally. As part of this effort, a Student Food Access and Security Study was completed.  The study found that 19% of students who responded to the survey had very low food security and 23% of student respondents had low food security across the University of California system as a whole.  In order to address these important issues, we need to identify potential solutions and best practices that could be implemented.  The selected student will do research to identify potential solutions to increasing food security of UC students and collaborate with campus staff, faculty, and other students to prioritize which solutions should be fully investigated for potential implementation.

The students will meet with a project advisor at least once a week for consistent and ongoing mentorship and one on one training.  In addition this, the selected student will frequently meet with professional staff in the field, faculty with expertise in this area, student leaders, and other campus and community stakeholders to receive feedback and further guidance.

To Apply

Please read all of the instructions for this program and the job posting carefully in order to ensure that you have the best chance of being selected.  Submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position to Katie Maynard internshipsucsbsustainability@gmail.com by the application deadline at the top of this posting.  If you were eligible for work-studyin the past year, please note this in the cover letter. Work-study is not required, but is preferred.

UCSB Career Services offers support and advising in writing résumés. Please consider taking advantage of their generous services, especially if this is the first time you have written a résumé.

Please ensure that when you apply the subject line of your email and your email body indicate clearly that you are applying for the “FST – Food Security Policy – Indirect Costs”.  We have several positions currently open ranging across multiple programs.

For More Information
Please email Katie Maynard, internshipsucsbsustainability@gmail.com after having read the above information thoroughly.