CFJC’s Summer Interns

14 July 2014

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By Anna Larson, Evaluation & Policy Research Intern

Through CFJC’s Internship Program, staff mentors interns who work on various projects throughout their internships. The work is divided into several internship areas: outreach, communications, policy research, fundraising, administration, climate change, and evaluation. Interns generally choose two or three internship areas to focus on throughout their time with CFJC. This summer, CFJC is working with 8 interns from all over the country. I interviewed several of the summer interns about their current projects and experience with CFJC, below is what they shared:

Aquetea Goodman, UC Berkeley ’15, is an Administrative and Community Outreach Intern. She is an Environment and Society major, with an emphasis on Public Health. She is working on creating outreach events and partnering with different organizations who have similar missions to CFJC. She’s looking forward to helping with planning an event with the Edible Parks Task Force on August 23rd. The event will promote healthy eating through edible landscapes in Oakland’s public park land. On the administrative side, Aquetea is learning how to keep manage and track donor gifts, and update and expand CFJC’s membership. Aquetea’s favorite thing about interning with CFJC: “Meeting new people and learning about how a nonprofit works.” The most surprising thing about the internship: “How much the organization can accomplish with such a small staff, and also to see the interns working with the staff to get certain goals accomplished.”

Rosalind Waltz-Peters, Mount Holyoke ’16, is a Food Policy Research Intern. She is an Environmental Studies major with a concentration in Environmental Politics, Policy, and Economics. Rosalind is working on a series of pieces about GMO usage and GMO products. She’s also working closely with her Mt. Holyoke peer, Alyssa Sheets, to analyze the number of bills that were introduced and the number of bills passed by the 113th Congress. Rosalind’s favorite part of interning with CFJC: “Having the opportunity to direct my own research using food justice as a starting point but then having the flexibility to pursue what interests me.” The most surprising thing about the internship: “The shoe-optional office policy.”

Alyssa Sheets, Mount Holyoke ’15, is a Food Policy Research Intern. She is a Politics major with an English minor, and is working on several policy-related projects at CFJC. One of those projects includes an analysis in order to create a survey for GOAT participants on their 2014-15 agenda. She’s also developing a brief on the upcoming 2015 reauthorization of the Child Nutrition Act. Alyssa’s favorite part about interning with CFJC: “Working with the awesome staff and other interns who are all incredible, intelligent, and inspiring to me.” The most surprising thing about the internship: “The breadth of the CFJC’s influence and the sheer amount of relationships and connections it has with other food justice organizations across the state and country.”

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