Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills Program
Cooking and Food Systems Educator

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Hours Per Week: 2-5 Hrs.
We want this position to host 2 workshops per quarter. The week of the workshop, the intern will likely work more hours. Please be aware of this fluctuation.

Wage: $14/hr.
Primary Department: UCSB Sustainability
Supervision: UCSB Sustainability and Health and Wellness
Preferred Start Date: Fall 2017
Commitment date: We prefer students who can work until June 2018, but one-quarter internships are possible.
Primary Department: UCSB Sustainability

Work-study students are encouraged to apply, though participation in the work-study program is not a requirement for applicants. We realize that most students will not be certain if they are work-study eligible until later in the summer. More information on work-study here.

Description of Internship
Foodways are the cultural, social, and economic practices relating to the production and consumption of food, and often refers to the intersection of food in culture, traditions, and history. The The Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills Program seeks an undergraduate student who would like to explore their “foodways,” host conversations about their connection to food, and share recipes from their family and lived experience.

The FNBS program provides students hands-on, “core competency,” co-curricular courses that build basic skills in Budgeting and Planning, Cooking Basics, Kitchen Basics, and Whole-System Mindfulness.  This intern would develop and implement cooking workshops with a focus on the historical, social, and cultural context of food choices, specifically focusing on their own culture and traditions.  The intern will also engage undergraduate students, and coordinate with campus partners.


  • Develop and implement 2 cooking workshops per quarter that integrate the historical, social, and cultural context of the recipes being prepared;
  • Engage with campus partners of the Food, Nutrition, & Basic Skills program;
  • Coordinate logistics for your workshops;
  • Publicize the program to campus community and target audience (primarily undergraduate students who are food insecure); and
  • Compile recipes and relevant materials related to workshops.

Minimum Requirements

  • Enthusiastic about cooking and wants to share recipes from their life history;
  • Able to communicate the historical, social, and cultural context of their cooking;
  • Dedicated to highlighting healthy and nutritious foods;
  • Experienced in making affordable dishes and excited to share best practices in cooking affordable meals;
  • Interest in topics of food security;
  • Independent thinker capable of collaborating to design and implement programs and practices;
  • Professional in written and verbal communications; and
  • Detail-oriented.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience in coalition building and/or engagement of multiple diverse partners;
  • Familiarity with food security; and
  • Public speaking


The Food, Nutrition and Basic Skills (FNBS) Program is a co-curricular educational program which highlights best practices, skills, and resources to empower students to address food security, housing security, and financial stability in their lives. Through workshops on nutrition, food preparation, grocery shopping, and budgeting we hope to better prepare students for making healthy choices and living within the often challenging financial situation of college students.  We also hope that through our workshops students have an opportunity to learn more about the food system which they rely on. Through education, FNBS will help students eat well and fulfill their full potential here at UCSB. FNBS is a coalition effort between staff, students, and community members.

The student selected 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 by Sunday April 9, 2017.  If you are eligible for work-study, 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 “FNBS – Foodways Internship”.  We have several positions currently open ranging across multiple programs.

For More Information
Please email your resume and cover letter to Melissa Fontaine, after having read the above information thoroughly.