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Nutrition and Food Security Intern - Summer 2020

Baltimore (United States of America)

  • Organization: IRC - International Rescue Committee
  • Location: Baltimore (United States of America)
  • Grade: Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Nutrition
    • Food Security, Livestock and Livelihoods
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Requisition ID: req8378

Job Title: Nutrition and Food Security Intern - Summer 2020

Sector: Employment

Employment Category: Intern

Employment Type: Part-Time

Open to Expatriates: No

Location: Baltimore, MD USA

Job Description

The International Rescue Committee, Inc. (IRC) helps people whose lives and livelihoods are shattered by conflict and disaster to survive, recover, and gain control of their future. Founded in 1933 at the request of Albert Einstein, the IRC offers lifesaving care and life-changing assistance to people forced to flee from war or disaster. At work today in over 40 countries and 25 U.S. cities, we restore safety, dignity, and hope to millions who are uprooted and struggling to rebuild their lives. The IRC in Baltimore was established in 1999 and currently serves over 2,500 immigrants and refugees per year.

Scope of Work
The Nutrition and Food Security Intern will work closely with the resettlement and health teams to assist humanitarian immigrants in accessing food resources in the Baltimore community. This includes conducting grocery store orientations and food pantry orientations with clients identified by IRC staff. The intern will use an existing curriculum for these activities in two primary neighborhoods in Baltimore City. The intern will also have the opportunity to develop orientation modules on related health topics, as well as neighborhood-specific materials for other locations in Baltimore City and Baltimore County.

Reports To
Cultural Orientation Coordinator or Senior Resettlement Supervisor

Learning Objectives
- Develop an understanding of the local food system in the Baltimore metropolitan area, including resources focused on nutrition and food security.
- Learn about barriers clients face to accessing existing resources and possible interventions to reduce barriers.
- Gain experience developing culturally responsive educational resources and services for clients.

- Work collaboratively with the case management, health, and extended services teams to ensure high quality of care and access to services for food-insecure humanitarian immigrants.
- Lead orientation sessions to neighborhood grocery stores and food pantries with small groups of identified clients.
- Implement lessons on topics such as monthly food budgets, navigating grocery stores, understanding price tags and food labels, food storage and preparation, and home hygiene.
- Develop, implement, and evaluate lesson plans and educational materials on additional relevant topics.
- Other responsibilities as assigned.


- Prior experience working with refugees and immigrants preferred.
- Prior experience or interest in community health, nutrition, food access, and/or adult education.
- Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced, cross-cultural environment.
- Demonstrated problem-solving skills and reliable follow-through, with outstanding attention to detail.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, Outlook) and databases.
- Fluency in English required. Bilingual ability in one of the predominant languages of the local client base is desired.
- Valid driver’s license, reliable access to a vehicle with current insurance, and the ability to travel regularly throughout Baltimore required.
- Some ability to work non-traditional hours may be required.

Time Commitment
- This is internship requires a minimum of 15 hours (about 2 days) per week for 12 weeks.
- Summer internships start with an orientation on Thursday, May 28, 2020 (approx. 9 AM – 3 PM).
- Regular weekly hours start the week of June 1, 2020 and continue through August 21, 2020.
- This is an unpaid internship.

To Apply
- Apply online at
- Applications are strongly encouraged by 5 PM on Monday, March 30, 2020. Application review will begin on March 31.
- Applicants selected for interviews will be contacted in early April.
- Interviews will be take place approximately April 8–15 at the IRC office. Video/phone interviews will be available for applicants not currently in Baltimore.
- Applicants can expect to receive a decision by April 24, 2020.
- Applicants who are offered internships will be asked to confirm or decline by April 30, 2020.


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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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