Food Security Policy Intern
With a focus on how food security affects underrepresented communities

This position is currently closed. Please visit: to see our currently open positions

Wages: $14/hr.; Only available to work study students
Hours: 12-15 hours/week
Start date: mid to late September 2017
Applications due: September 8th, 2017


The UCSB Financial Aid Office and the UCSB Sustainability Program seek an undergraduate student to identify best practices in campus food policy and campus responses to food insecurity. The selected student will focus specifically on how food insecurity disproportionately affects underrepresented communities on campus–such as students of color, LGBT-identifying, undocumented, nontraditional and veteran students. Through qualitative research methods, analysis of peer-reviewed journal articles and collaboration with UCSB campus departments, student groups and local area organizations, 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.


  • Conduct qualitative research–such as focus groups and interviews–to better understand the issues of food security within these student communities.
  • Complete a needs assessment within disproportionately affected communities in regards to food and basic needs security.
  • Develop partnerships with relevant campus departments, student organizations, and off-campus entities to better identify needs and vision for food security moving forward.
  • Read and evaluate peer-reviewed research articles on topics of food security and basic needs security within disproportionately affected communities.
  • Further research food insecurity with communities of color, adding more detail to our understanding of each community.  For example, understanding how food security may differ within different Asian/Asian-American communities.

Minimum Requirements

  • Experience working on projects that specifically address the needs of underrepresented communities;
  • Familiarity with the issue of food security;
  • 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 consider multiple perspectives on a given issue; and
  • Detail-oriented.

Preferred Requirements

  • Knowledge of issues affecting disproportionately food insecure populations;
  • Experience or familiarity with qualitative research methods;
  • Experience working on policy or structural changes;
  • Experience reading and evaluating peer-reviewed articles; and
  • Creative thinker.

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 by the application deadline at the top of this posting.

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 – Student Food Security Policy Intern”.  We have several positions currently open ranging across multiple programs.

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