The Zero Hunger Internship Program is a paid summer leadership development opportunity for college students and is a program of the Congressional Hunger Center. It is designed for individuals who are interested in federal anti-hunger policy. Interns work in Washington, D.C., for 10 weeks at organizations that focus on domestic or global hunger. In addition to participating in leadership development training, participants also attend a five-part Summer Seminar Series about domestic and global hunger, public policy, and advocacy. The program allows undergraduate students or individuals who have graduated December 2019 or after a paid opportunity for on-the-job training and a robust learning experience.
Candidates apply to the Zero Hunger Internship Program and are matched by the Congressional Hunger Center with internship placements that focus on domestic or global hunger. Zero Hunger Interns also complete a research project on a hunger topic of their choosing and present their findings to stakeholders of the Hunger Center at the end of the program. The dual goals of the program are to build the capacity of organizations fighting hunger and to develop interns into anti-hunger leaders who will return to their campus communities ready to advocate for a hunger-free future.
Zero Hunger Internship placements focus on policy, program implementation, development and fundraising, communications, or nonprofit operations. Past internship host sites include Feeding America, Bread for the World, RESULTS Education Fund, the Alliance to End Hunger, World Food Program USA, Oxfam America, the Food Research & Action Center, and more.
The most competitive candidates for the Zero Hunger Internship Program are those who exhibit:
· Commitment to food and nutrition security
· Desire to be an agent of change
· Flexibility and ability to adapt
· Commitment to racial equity
· Strong critical thinking and communication skills
· A learning mindset
· Ability to communicate and work well in a new work environment
The Hunger Center seeks talented applicants with a variety of interests and backgrounds who are dedicated to fighting hunger and poverty on a global scale. We know that a diversity of perspectives from different communities, cultures and lived experiences is critical to solving the complex challenge of hunger. Accordingly, individuals from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds as well as those with lived experience of food insecurity are encouraged to apply. More information on start and end dates will be shared during the interview process.
During their service, the Hunger Center provides Zero Hunger Interns with:
· Financial support: Each intern receives a financial package up to $5,200 designed to support living expenses in Washington, D.C. for 10 weeks. In addition, the Hunger Center will cover travel to and from Washington at the beginning and end of the summer (departure and arrival destinations must be within the United States).
· Leadership development training: Zero Hunger Interns complete a leadership development curriculum based on our Leadership Capabilities Model, tailored to the needs of college students.
· Membership in a dynamic learning cohort of interns: Interns will conduct research and attend the Summer Seminar Series as a cohort. Interns possess a variety of racial, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds and bring to the cohort a diversity of work experiences and expertise. Accordingly, each internship cohort comprises a valuable learning community.
· Connection to an extensive network: Interns will have access to the Hunger Center’s network of alums, partners, and experts, including participants from our Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program and Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship Program.
Zero Hunger Interns are chosen through a highly competitive application process. Internship candidates apply to the Zero Hunger Internship itself rather than to a specific placement. Candidates are first assessed on their fit for the program. If successful, they are matched to potential placements for another round of assessment, then notified of their acceptance into the program. NOTE: Candidates must apply through the Congressional Hunger Center’s website, located here, or else applications will not be reviewed. Before candidates apply, they must read the 2020 Zero Hunger Internship Application Guide.