Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills Program
Graduate Student Engagement Coordinator

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

–Available to Graduate Students Only–

Hours Per Week: 10-15 Hrs.
Please note that most of the hours will be in setting up, executing, and/or cleaning up from workshops. Interns must have enough availability in their schedule to engage in the workshops.
Wage: $18/hr. (Graduate Student Assistant; work-study preferred, but not required)
Primary Department: UCSB Sustainability
Preferred start date: Late Summer or Fall 2017
Commitment date: Must be available to participate through June 2018

Description of Internship

The Food, Nutrition, and Basic Skills Program seeks a graduate student to assist with the planning and execution of our workshop series.  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. This student will also help to develop new ways to engage graduate students and develop resources such as cookbooks and best practice guides.


  • Assist with logistics of the program’s workshop series;
  • Be the representative of FNBS to workshop hosts;
  • Support workshop hosts in planning for their events;
  • Publicize the program to campus community and target audience (primarily graduate students);
  • Collaborate with campus partners;
  • Assist FNBS in developing family -friendly curriculum for graduate students with families;
  • Collaborate with student organizations and other partners to ensure that the curriculum is culturally relevant and inclusive of diverse communities;
  • Develop other educational resources on nutrition, cooking, and budgeting (such as cookbooks, best practice guides, etc); and
  • Review evaluation results and compile end of the year report of the program.

Minimum Requirements

  • Interest in topics of food security and nutrition;
  • Independent thinker capable of collaborating to design and implement programs and practices;
  • Professional in written and verbal communications; and
  • Detail-oriented.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience with event planning;
  • Experience in coalition building and/or engagement of multiple diverse partners;
  • Experience in working with programs for graduate students; and
  • Familiarity with food security.
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 – Graduate Engagement”.  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.