Volunteer interns


The Oakland Food Policy Council is seeking interns (apply here) to help with communications, evaluation, research, and advocacy. This is a great way to get involved in the OFPC’s work, and get hands-on experience in food policy and the food justice movement.

Due to the autonomous nature of the OFPC internship, we desire interns who are resourceful, creative, enthusiastic and self-directed. As an OFPC intern, you will work independently but will meet regularly with the Council Director for planning and collaboration.

If you are interested this internship, please fill out an application.

A few things you should know about all OFPC internships:

  • Interns are not paid for their services.
  • This is a highly autonomous role that requires self directed problem solvers with excellent communication skills.
  • Some interns wish to receive college credit for their work. We will do whatever possible to insure that your internship meets those requirements.
  • Interns are not required to work in an office setting.
  • Time commitments are flexible depending on your work or school schedule and the nature of the project. However, interns should be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours per week for at least two months.
  • All intern work becomes the property in perpetuity of OFPC/Earth Island Institute.
  • All interns are required to provide content for the OFPC blog.

Qualifications desired in one or more of these areas: Experience in research, social media, communications and marketing, fundraising and event, and/or familiarity with the online tools WordPress, SaleForce and Kintera Sphere.

Our project areas are:


  • Designing and carrying out independent research projects on some aspect of the Oakland food system
  • Working closely with the OFPC Council Director and OFPC members to track a variety of metrics related to food system health + equity
  • Analyzing and summarizing data gathered on the structure, operations, and activities of the OFPC


  • Creating content for our websiteblog, e-newsletter and facebook page
  • Helping with community engagement and events
  • Designing informational materials and hands-on activities for use at public events
  • Contributing written content to the OFPC blog


  • Working closely with the OFPC’s work groups to organize and implement advocacy efforts in support of the OFPC’s policy priorities
  • Helping organize workshops on a wide variety of food system topics