Summer Internships for Current Scholars

Connecticut Foodshare

Title: SNAP Program Intern
Location: Bloomfield
Dates: Early June but can begin earlier or later to meet the needs of the program and the Intern to run for 9 weeks.
Hours: Hours can be flexible between 8:00am and 4:30pm based on a 7-hour workday (includes 1/2 hour lunch).

Job Description: 

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federally funded program (formerly known as food stamps) that allows people to purchase culturally and nutritionally appropriate foods at their local grocery store and other retailers using an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card. The program is administered by the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS). The SNAP Program Intern will work with the program manager and other staff and volunteers to help people by completing their application for benefits over the phone, assisting people with questions about the program, and help to process the office tasks. Time on the phone is expected to be between 50-75% of the day, with meetings, projects, and training webinars comprising the rest of the schedule.

The individual in this position will help to maintain tracking of metrics, assist clients in applying for this important federal program, assist staff with client follow-up, and collaborate with other staff on the larger Network and Programs Team of which SNAP Outreach is included. A high degree of detail, accuracy, and confidentiality is required for this position.

Tasks include:

  • Assist clients with questions and to complete applications, as well as help with any documents sent to us
  • Assist volunteers as needed
  • Track productivity and demographics for grant and internal goals
  • Communicate with present and potential volunteers and staff as needed
  • Schedule client appointments and follow-up for results on submitted applications
  • Work with program manager and other staff to improve accuracy and efficiency of program
  • Attend occasional staff and team meetings and meet with program manager for one-on-one meetings

Career Experience: 

The student will gain excellent hands-on experience working with low-income clients, some of whom are still feeling the effects of the pandemic. The student will gain office skills including communication and writing skills. At the same time, students will learn about the day-to-day operations of a community- based, nonprofit social service agency working with food insecure people in our state. The student will also meet with other departments to learn more about our organization.

Suggested College Majors:

This internship might be particularly relevant for students in the fields of social sciences, public health, public policy, or social work, although all students with a passion to help people or an interest in Connecticut Foodshare and its work to end hunger may find this opportunity appealing.

Applicant Requirements: 

A high degree of detail, accuracy, and confidentiality is required for this position.