Food Security Policy Internship
With a focus on food security of staff at UCSB

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

Wages: $14/hr.; Work-study preferred, but not required.
Hours: 12-15 hours/week
Start date: mid to late September 2017
Applications due: September 8th, 2017


The UCSB Sustainability Program and the UCSB Healthy Campus Network seek an undergraduate student to identify best practices in campus food policy and campus responses to food insecurity among staff. Food security has been identified nationally as an important issue among college students as seen in these reports and also in the University of California and at UC through these reports. Food insecurity among staff and lecturers has however not been looked at as much.  Through qualitative research methods, analysis of peer-reviewed journal articles, and collaboration with UCSB campus departments, staff and professional groups and local area organizations, the selected student will develop potential interventions and reports to be summarized for the campus community. 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 staff at UCSB.


  • Read and evaluate peer-reviewed research articles on topics of food security and basic needs security;
  • Review existing data on food insecurity of campus staff and develop a consolidated report.  While there have been few studies focused on food insecurity, there is some data already available on housing, childcare, food insecurity, campus culture, etc where some important data points have already been found;
  • Catalogue existing efforts to support staff that may be food insecure and off campus local resources that could support staff;
  • Develop partnerships with relevant campus departments, staff and professional organizations, and off-campus entities to better identify the needs and a vision for food security; and
  • Craft a plan for how food security of staff could be addressed through programming, policy changes, and other interventions.

Minimum Requirements

  • 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;
  • Interest in learning how to make change from within a large institution;
  • Excited to work with people who hold different values and political beliefs to come up with creative solutions that are amenable to the concerns of diverse constituencies;
  • Diplomatic and openness to consider multiple perspectives on a given issue; and
  • Detail-oriented.

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience working on projects that specifically address the needs of underrepresented communities;
  • Knowledge of issues affecting disproportionately food insecure populations;
  • Experience or familiarity with qualitative research methods;
  • Experience working on policy or structural changes; and
  • Experience reading and evaluating peer-reviewed articles.

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. If you are eligible for work-study, please indicate that in the cover letter.  This will increase your chances of securing an interview.

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 “HCN – Food Security Policy Intern – Staff Focus”.  We have several positions currently open ranging across multiple programs.

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