Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall Intern Needed - Food Recovery Network

Founded in September of 2011 at UMD, Food Recovery Network (FRN) is the largest national student-led movement using food recovery to fight hunger and food waste. While one in six Americans are food insecure, according to the NRDC 40% of food in the United States is wasted. This food decomposes in landfills, making up almost 25% of U.S. methane emissions. We envision a world where meals feed people, not landfills. FRN unites students at colleges across the country in recovering surplus perishable food from their campus that would otherwise go to waste, and donating it to people in need. In only three years, we have grown explosively from our first chapter at UMD to 98 schools in 25 states across the country, and have recovered and donated over 420,000 pounds of food. We are now a team of 10 full time and one part time paid staff and  recently moved our national office into the Hartwick Office Building in the heart of College Park, right next to UMD. Apply now for an internship with this exciting, high-impact organization!

Position Description: FRN is seeking an energetic, detail-oriented UMD student to join our national team as an intern. This person will assist all staff members in the efficient administration of our organization, and will have the opportunity to learn first-hand how a nonprofit functions. The student will also work with the Development Manager to design a semester-long project depending on his/her interests to support FRN’s work. This position pays a one-time stipend of $400. Additionally, we encourage you to pursue internship credit with UMD for this experience.

Expected Commitment: This internship is a semester-long commitment and will run from the week of September 15th until December 12th. The intern must be able to commit to coming to our office for 10 hours/week within our operating hours of Mon-Fri from 9:30-5:30[B1] .

·         Support Executive Director and senior staff, including scheduling and miscellaneous projects
·         Maintain Food Recovery Certified’s ( social media accounts
·         Assist in Food Recovery Certified program maintenance
·         Office errands and administrative duties
·         Manage FRN’s general email account
·         Manage FRN’s online donations and thank high-level donors
·         Complete a long-term research project to develop the organization 

·         Preferred: has a car on campus
·         Must be detail-oriented
·         Must have strong organizational skills
·         Must have the ability to work independently on assigned tasks
·         Enjoys a fast-pace, dynamic, and team-oriented work environment
·         Has interest in food recovery and fighting hunger

How to apply: If interested, please send a cover letter including the following information to Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled or until Wednesday, September 10.
·         Contact information
·         Class year and major
·         Why you’re interested in joining our team
·         Any other relevant information about your interest in food justice, previous work experience, or other fun things we should know about you
If you have any questions regarding this positions, the application process, or Food Recovery Network in general please don’t hesitate to reach out to our Development Manager, Cam Pascual, at or visit our website at

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