Center for Healthy Communities

Internship Options

The CHC Internship program offers many options and opportunities. Throughout an internship at CHC, you may be exposed to multiple focus areas.

  • Administration

    Students have the opportunity to learn about the administrative tasks involved in working with a grant funded program.

    You may have the opportunity to:

    • Develop familiarity with purchasing activities
    • Participate in some outreach as needed
    • Budget preparation/management

    Skills desired:

    • Excel experience preferred
    • Communication & professionalism

    Availability/Travel requirements:

    • Very little travel requirements
    • Flexible hours – availability based on school schedule
  • Research & Evaluation

    Students have the opportunity to learn about research and evaluation as a part of grant funded programs.

    You may have the opportunity to:

    • Create tables and figures
    • Attend poster presentations

    Skills desired:

    • Data collection and entry
    • Data analysis (Excel and SPSS)
    • Research study design
    • Reference formatting

    Travel requirements:

    • None!
  • Public Relations & Media

    Students have the opportunity to learn about media, public relations, and graphic design.

    You may have the opportunity to:

    • Be a part of a video team
    • Be a part of a media team
    • Create public service announcements
    • Design education materials

    Skills desired:

    • Photography
    • Videography
    • Video editing
    • Media releases/PSAs
    • Web design/Maintenance

    Availability/Travel requirements:

    • Access to a car or the ability to drive preferred
  • Food Access & CalFresh Outreach

    Students have the opportunity to learn about the CalFresh (formerly called Food Stamps) program. Students who have a desire to help low income populations and learn about public benefits, have good computer and communication skills, and have a positive and enthusiastic attitude with the ability to work independently may be good candidates. The intern is responsible for a wide variety of duties which can include the following:

    You may have the opportunity to:

    • Experience and develop strategies to support educational community outreach
    • Experience and gain knowledge pertaining to diverse and/or low-income populations
    • Provide CalFresh pre-screening and application assistance
    • Participate in the campus Food Security Project in partnership with the Hungry Wildcat Food Pantry
    • Promote CalFresh EBT redemption at Farmers' Market
    • Provide cooking demos, recipe tastings, and market tours at Farmers' Markets
    • Gain knowledge pertaining to other community resources and/or public benefits available to low-income populations
    • Assist older adults aged 60 and over in obtaining pertinent benefits to support their well-being
    • Develop public speaking, leadership and professional skills

    Availability/Travel requirements:

    • Monday–Saturday preferred, with minimal travel required
  • Production Kitchen

    Students have the opportunity to develop food-service skills

    You may have the opportunity to:

    • Develop food-service skills
    • Work in a group setting

    Skills desired:

    • Friendly communication
    • Cooking & cleaning for crowds
    • Previous kitchen experience
    • Heavy lifting

    Availability/Travel requirements:

    • Wednesday 1–4p.m.
  • Food Administration & Local Food System Development

    Students have the opportunity to learn about safe food handling techniques and effective nutrition education via food demonstrations and cooking lessons.

    You may have the opportunity to:

    • Work with local food growers
    • Work with fellow students to deliver nutrition education
    • Create nutrition education materials

    Skills desired:

    • Ability to work independently or in teams
    • Ability to follow detailed directions
    • Ability to read recipes
    • Interest in local food systems and food service

    Availability/Travel requirements:

    • Transportation required
    • Availability Thursdays 11:30a.m.–2p.m. to work in the production kitchen
    • Availability on Fridays from 7:30a.m.–noon or 7:30a.m.–2p.m. to deliver HOTM
  • Community Based Nutrition Education

    Students have the opportunity to learn about gardening, agriculture, local produce and nutrition

    You may have the opportunity to:

    • Help identify, implement, and evaluate stewardship activities to support healthy eating
    • Provide hands-on community cooking lessons
    • Assist with garden based lessons
    • Participate in community events and classes
    • Assist with garden based lessons
    • Promote local growers
    • Implement physical activities to promote lifelong physical activity for all

    Skills desired:

      • Experience interacting with the community
      • Group management
      • Leadership and professionalism
      • Gardening or cooking experience

    Availability/Travel requirements:

      • Varies at each site, can include evenings
      • Ability to drive preferred
  • School Based Nutrition Education and Activity Promotion

    Students have the opportunity to assist in planning and implementation of various program activities. 

    You may have the opportunity to:

    • Administer food tastings
    • Teach nutrition education in schools
    • Harvest of the Month (HOTM) delivery
    • Support school wellness policies
    • Lead physical activity programs
    • Support garden education

    Skills desired:

    • Experience and/or desire to teach middle and high school students
    • Classroom Group Management
    • Leadership

    Availability/Travel requirements:

    • Driving a car is a plus
    • Availability during school hours preferred