2018-2019 UC Global Food Initiative
Project-based Undergraduate Intern

Application Deadline: June 22nd, 2018

*Recommendation letters can be accepted after June 22nd if other materials are submitted by the deadline. Letters can be sent directly from the sender to: internshipsucsbsustainability@gmail.com.

Hours Per Week: 10-12 Hrs.
Wage: $14/hr.
Preferred start date: Fall 2018
Commitment date: Must be available to participate through June 2019
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.


President Napolitano has allocated funding to the University of California campuses to hire students to take on new projects related to the UC Global Food Initiative (UCGFI).  This is an exciting opportunity for students to become part of a statewide sustainable food movement.  UC Santa Barbara will be selecting three students to create their own projects for the UC Global Food Initiative. Students are asked to create their own project idea touching on sustainable foods, food insecurity, food justice, or any other topic touched on by the UC Global Food Initiative.

UCSB seeks students who would like to build on the work already happening on campus, who are excited to partner with the many stakeholders (students, staff, and faculty) engaged in this topic, and who are interested in helping UCSB create a more sustainable and just food system. We encourage students to look to the following plans and reports for inspiration:

Each student will be asked to be creative and design your own project.  We are excited to hear about your ideas! Each project that a student suggests will need to:

  • Have a staff advisor who will meet with you no less than every other week, though our preference is for a staff/faculty member to meet with the fellow weekly. If you need help on this step, Katie Maynard (kmaynard@geog.ucsb.edu) can help you to find an advisor after you have your project idea scoped out.
  • Have access to the data that you need to do the project (for example if your project requires knowing how much food waste the dining commons produces, you will need to demonstrate that you have a partnership with a stakeholder that can help you access that data and that the data exists or could reasonably be tracked in your timeframe).
  • Demonstrate that the project has a reasonable chance of success by the end of the 2018-2019 academic year.
  • Demonstrate that the project would help UCSB or UC to have a more sustainable and/or just food system and that this project would build on (and not replicate) existing efforts.

Duties in the Internship

  • Investigate what UCSB has already done and is working on in relation to your project.
  • Collect peer reviewed research related to your project (if available).
  • Interview other peer institutions to collect best practices.
  • Collect information on current laws and protocols.
  • Complete a feasibility assessment.
  • Define pros and cons of alternative approaches.
  • Determine potential barriers.
  • Develop recommendations and a full proposal.
  • Vet the proposal (seek feedback from students, staff, and faculty on campus).
  • Possibly work on implementation of ideas (depending on the timeline of the proposal development and approval process).

Minimum Requirements

  • Professional written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrate that you have the skills/knowledge to implement the project you are proposing.
  • Be an undergraduate student in the 2018-2019 academic year at UCSB.
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or higher.


Students will have an opportunity for occasional travel to meet students from other campuses; travel costs are typically covered by UCOP for such events. Please see the key dates below. Additional activities include monthly conference calls.

Application Instructions

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 the following documents by the deadline at the top of this posting:

  • A resume
  • Cover letter
  • An unofficial transcript from UCSB
  • Application
  • Support letter
    • This must be from the staff member who will advise this project should it be selected.

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

Please ensure that when you apply the subject line of your email and your email body indicate clearly that you are applying for the “GFI– UG Project-based Intern”. 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.

More internship opportunities available at: http://www.sustainability.ucsb.edu/internship-opportunities-ucsb-sustainability/