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Summer Community Intern Needed

Part-time Summer Community Intern

If interested, please share your resume with our Home Delivery Program Manager, Daisy Gabriel, at Daisy@GoBeyondHunger.org.

Deadline: Friday, May 24, 2024

Beyond Hunger is harnessing the power of communities to end hunger. An award-winning direct service agency (formerly Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry), we serve residents of 13 ZIP codes on the West Side of Chicago and surrounding suburbs. Last year we provided critical food assistance and programming to over 50,000 individuals. Our energetic and fulfilling work environment is resourced by an operating budget of $3 million, 9 full-time staff members, 6 part-time staff, 4 full-time AmeriCorps members, over 1300 active volunteers -- and possibly you.

We are seeking someone as passionate as we are about ending hunger. Someone who understands that groceries delivered to older adults' homes provide comfort and nutrition to a vulnerable population. Someone who understands that providing nutritious foods to all children will help support their learning ability in school. By helping us reduce the food access barriers to quality and healthy food, this is your opportunity to play a vital role in creating a hunger-free community. If you are a mission-drive, results-oriented team player with attention to detail and a willingness to learn, this position is for you.

Reports To: Programs Manager, Daisy Gabriel

Supervises: Volunteers/Interns as requested

Status: Part-time, intern. $15.40 per hour, up to 30 hours a week for up to 8 weeks.

Job summary: The Summer Community Intern will help coordinate the successful execution of the Home Delivery Program by assisting and delivering packaged groceries to homebound seniors and disabled adults in the West Suburbs and Chicago's Austin community. They will also oversee the distribution of nutritious meals to kids enrolled in summer enrichment programs. By learning techniques to collect and manage data, they will be responsible for collecting and evaluating summer meals enrollment data and coming up with new outreach strategies to connect the community to our programming.

Major Responsibilities: 

Summer Foods Programs (SFP): For children who receive free or reduced-priced meals during the school year.

  • Work with Programs Manager and Coordinator to implement all aspects of the SFP.
  • Liaise with different community stakeholders, such as school districts, summer camps, and other community organizations, to work partnerships for the SFP program.
  • Gather impact data and feedback from participants, families, and teachers.
  • Track and submit meal site data daily.
  • Manage distribution of meals at each site based on its unique requirements.
  • Maintain flexibility with tasks and be prepared to assist other departments and programs when needed.

Home Delivery: For older adults and people with disabilities to receive groceries at their doorsteps.

  • Assist Programs Manager and Coordinator with day-to-day operations of the Home Delivery (HD) Program as needed.
  • Assist in delivery of food to homebound older adults and people with disabilities in the community.

Qualifications:

  • Ability and desire to work with children from age 13-18.
  • Preferred College-level studies in one or more of the following fields:
    • Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Child Psychology, Counseling, Social Work, Child Nutrition.
  • Comfortable working with clients, parents, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Some experience developing or administering qualitative research (surveys, focus groups, etc.), or willingness to learn.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Creative, strategic, and analytical thinker. 
  • Bi-lingual skills (English/Spanish) are a plus.
  • Have a valid driver license.

Internship status and hours:

  • This part-time internship has a tentative start date of May 28th going through July 12th, 2024, with a possibility of extension through the end of July. This position is not eligible for sick, vacation, and holiday leave during employment.
  • Work hours are typically between the hours of 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday with some flexibility depending on program needs. Roughly 1/2 of the day will be spent at meal sites, and 1/2 at the Home Delivery Program location.
  • The intern will develop a working knowledge of non-profit program management and assessment.

Environment:

  • Periodic travel between summer meal sites via own vehicle is required. All Summer Meals Program sites are in Oak Park, IL, and our office is located in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago in the 60651 ZIP code.
  • The applicant must be physically capable of transporting, lifting, and carrying supplies and home delivery boxes.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds, sometimes consistently with the Home Delivery Program.
  • The workplace is a drug- and smoke-free environment. Equal opportunity employer.