Join USDA's Office of Community Food Systems!

Laura Alexander – May 3rd, 2017

The USDA Food and Nutrition Service’s (FNS) Office of Community Food Systems (OCFS) helps child nutrition program operators incorporate local foods in the National School Lunch Program and its associated programs, as well as the Summer Food Service Program and Child and Adult Care Food Program. OCFS accomplishes this through grant making, training and technical assistance and research.

FNS is seeking a highly qualified candidate to serve as an intern in the Office of Community Food Systems during the summer and/or fall of 2017. We are looking for an individual with excellent skills in communication (both oral and written communication), organization, analysis, good judgment, and an interest in community food systems.

Since Fiscal Year 2013, FNS has funded nearly 300 grant projects (about $20M) to support farm to school efforts across the country. Over this period of time, grantees have reported outcomes and impacts of their work by frequently completing progress reports as well as completing a final report at the end of their project. These reports document major achievements, challenges and lessons learned of their project. Support is needed to summarize information shared through these reports and summarize common themes. By harvesting and sharing these stories, you will support other child nutrition program operators in implementing proven farm to school strategies and help USDA analyze the impact of its investments.

The responsibilities of this position include:

  • Supporting OCFS’ communications efforts, such as developing content for our E-letter, blogs and social media.
  • Supporting the administration and management of the Farm to School Grant Program, including:
  • Helping to organize the annual grantee gathering, slated for September 2017;
  • Responding to grant applicants’ questions about the application and selection process; and,
  • Developing case studies and other resources showcasing best practices of grantees.
  • Developing a cohesive information architecture for all OCFS files and tools, including archiving and creating a curated library of grantee resources.
  • Providing excellent customer service to grantees and all stakeholders.

This position will be located in Alexandria, VA. The position is unpaid and the length, hours per week, and start date are negotiable. Graduate students preferred. Please submit a resume and cover letter, no later than May 19, 2017 to Christina Conell (