Summer Internships for Current Scholars

Brass City Harvest

Title: Healthy Households Intern
Location: Waterbury
Dates: July and August 2018
Hours: Flexible

Job Description

The position of Healthy Households Intern is one that will work closely with the Executive Director and Nutritionist (MPH) to coordinate food-related activities including, but not limited to:

- Assisting clients in completing client intake sheets for the Healthy Household CSA Program, farmers’ market benefits, and Community Development Block Grant activities.
- Following up with clients of the Healthy Household CSA Program via phone and surveys.
- Working with the Staff Nutritionist to facilitate nutrition and healthy cooking classes for seniors and adolescent patrons of the Greater Waterbury Interfaith Ministries Soup Kitchen.
- Assist with the facilitation and compilation of senior clients’ program evaluations.
- Conduct outreach at weekly Farmers’ Market on the Green by offering healthy recipes and assisting shoppers who are unfamiliar with fresh food.  *Brass City Harvest enjoys a collaboration with the University of Connecticut as part of SNAP-ed.  We provide fresh food to entice patrons to taste fruit or vegetables that might not be familiar to their household.
- Assist with intake of WIC and Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program coupons.
- Assist Executive Director with agricultural and nutrition related research for grants and presentations.
- Assist Hispanic Coalition senior citizens who maintain and harvest garden beds at Brass City Harvest’s Mill Street Greenhouse.
- Attend stakeholder meetings of the Working Cities Challenge Grant Initiative that was awarded to Waterbury on January 30th.  Brass City Harvest is a core stakeholder of this initiative that will address unemployment in the South End Neighborhood.
- Attend design and planning meetings of the Brass City Regional Food Hub to observe the processes that are involved in a food-based community and economic development project.

Career Experience

A student who participates with Brass City Harvest will gain insight into our urbanized, ethnically diverse population in a very grassroots fashion.  The student will gain perspective on health, economic, and social issues facing low-income households and the elderly.  This perspective is critical in helping scholars understand budgetary issues on national, state, and local levels and how negotiations and economic crises have tremendous trickle-down effects upon vulnerable populations.  This position will also give a student insight into community organizing techniques and creating effective community partnerships and collaborations to produce impactful results.  The student will also be exposed to the planning and implementation processes related to community economic development projects.

Application Requirements

This organization does not generally work in a climate-controlled environment.  We caution all those interested that we do work outside and in a greenhouse.  Not all remote sites such as the soup kitchen, senior centers, or senior housing (community rooms) are climate controlled.

Suggested College Major

This position would benefit a student seeking a career in nutrition and dietetics, pre-med, sociology, biology, or political science.  It is also a good platform for a college student with an undeclared major to be exposed to societal issues regarding fresh food access, nutrition, community barriers, food justice, and economics.