Business Operations Intern - Spice Kitchen Incubator
Salt Lake City (United States of America)
Please note: This is an unpaid internship position. No financial compensation, including compensation for relocation, is available.
In addition to completing this application, interested applicants should email a resume, cover letter, and two letters of recommendation to [email protected] with “SKI Business Operations Intern” in the subject line.
BACKGROUND: Founded in 1933, the IRC is a leading nonsectarian, voluntary organization providing relief, protection and resettlement services for refugees and victims of oppression or violent conflict. In the U.S., the IRC resettles approximately 11,000 refugees per year and provides numerous program services to assist the refugee from their arrival through citizenship. The IRC in Salt Lake City opened it office in 1994, and provides resettlement services through extended case management to newly arrived refugees for up to 24-months as well as over twenty different programs to educate and empower refugees.
SCOPE OF INTERN WORK: Spice Kitchen Incubator is a culinary incubator program of the International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City that assists new Americans and low-to-moderate income individuals plan, launch, and sustain their own food businesses through affordable technical assistance, subsidized commercial kitchen rental, and access to market opportunities. This intern will assist in providing existing businesses with guidance in business operations, such as preparing business registration renewals, property and income tax form preparation, applying for appropriate insurance, and scheduling health inspections. This position will also include maintaining a calendar for all license/permit renewals as well as guides to teach entrepreneurs the above operational processes. This intern may also work closely with the Digital Inclusion Coordinator on expanding business-specific digital literacy assessments, guides, and workshops to entrepreneurs.
COMMITMENT: 12-16 weeks starting in January 2022 with option to extend, 15-20 hours per week.
• Assist with scheduling and completing business registration renewals, various tax forms, insurance policy applications, and special event applications with entrepreneurs.
• Create culturally and linguistically appropriate guides to facilitate teaching entrepreneurs these processes, including regular due dates and estimated costs associated with different permits, licenses, and applications.
• Upkeep the scheduling system for staff and entrepreneurs to see upcoming renewal deadlines and due dates.
• Research potential vending locations for food trucks and packaged food vendors, record information in useful and intuitive database, conduct outreach and build relationships between Spice Kitchen and these organizations as needed. In particular, may develop relationships with organizations interested in piloting new products and vendors. Coordinating the business at these locations will be incorporated as part of Spice Kitchen’s overall onboarding and planning process for new food trucks and packaged food producers in the program.
• Collaborate with the Digital Inclusion Coordinator to develop language-appropriate guides for basic business digital literacy, such as online payment and renewals, and POS management.
• Work with Spice staff to complete additional business and kitchen operational tasks as needed.
1. The intern will gain professional experience in business management and operations, community outreach, and resource development.
2. The intern will gain experience and deepen understanding of working and communicating with diverse populations including English language learners and refugees.
3. The intern will learn various methods and technology used to track, report, and disseminate business-related data and information.