Farm to Institution New England (FINE) is a six-state network of nonprofit, public, and private entities working collaboratively to mobilize the power of New England institutions to transform our food system. FINE works to connect supply and demand via three core functions: convening, communications, and metrics. Beyond FINE’s core functions, we also take on special projects. These projects address select situations where FINE identifies a gap and makes a plan to provide direct services to fill it.
FINE’s Metrics Project is designed to provide a comprehensive data-driven snapshot of the farm to institution market across the six New England states. Our metrics work combines powerful stories with data-based findings and recommendations which are shared regularly with key audiences including funders, elected officials, government staff, and other decision makers on state, regional, and national levels. Metrics work products are available through various deliverables including a series of three detailed research reports that include findings from original surveys of (1) distributors, (2) producers, and (3) institutions of higher education; state profiles for the six New England states that highlight key state-level indicators; and an interactive farm to institution metrics dashboard. FINE is a fiscally sponsored project of TSNE MissionWorks.
FINE seeks a qualified intern who can support our ongoing metrics work and collaborate on the reimplementation of our 2015 campus dining survey. The intern will also have the opportunity to support other projects within the organization.
The internship will require a commitment of 10 to 15 hours per week for three to four months over the summer. Hours and date range are flexible depending on the candidate’s availability.
Essential Job Functions
- Assist with a regional survey of colleges and universities regarding their local food programs. Responsibilities Include:
- Performing outreach to key staff and partners;
- Developing and implementing strategies to increase response rate;
- Data collection, data cleaning, and preliminary data analysis.
- Assist with FINE’s ongoing metrics work. Responsibilities may include:
- Developing and supporting communication products such as the online dashboard, blog posts, and state profiles;
- Analyzing secondary research relevant to New England institutions, producers, and middle of the supply chain players.
- Assist with other projects that FINE is currently facilitating. Responsibilities may include:
- Writing case studies;
- Writing blog posts;
- Contributing to webinars;
- Revising toolkits and creating digestible pull-outs for trainings.
- Participate in FINE staff calls and other events and activities as requested .
- Strong interest in or experience with farm to institution and food system work;
- Strong interest in quantitative and qualitative research;
- Master’s Degree or working towards a Master’s Degree preferred;
- Strong interpersonal skills – comfortable performing outreach by phone;
- Ability to organize information effectively for review and analysis;
- Ability to conduct analysis on secondary and primary data;
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Drive;
- Ability to write clearly and concisely about complex topics for various audiences;
- Comfortable working in a team and independently;
- Access to a reliable source of internet and a remote space to work.
- Live in or near New England;
- Be available for regular phone/virtual meetings and occasional in-person meetings.
The intern will be a non-benefited employee working at an hourly rate of $15/hour. FINE is willing to work with students to create internships that can also qualify for academic credit.
We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and a cover letter. The application deadline for this internship is April 13, 2018.
We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/FINE will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification and veteran or disability status.