Summer Internships for Current Scholars

FoodShare, Inc

Title: SNAP Outreach Program Intern
Location: Bloomfield
Dates: Start date is flexible. 9 weeks total
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, with some flexibility. The student will be expected to work 35 hours per week for 9 weeks. Occasional weekend and evening work may be required.

Job Description: 

SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is a federally funded program to connect clients with food through an Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card used at grocery stores and other organizations. It is formerly known as Food Stamps. It is locally administered by the State of Connecticut Department of Social Services (DSS). 

The SNAP Outreach Program Intern will work with the Foodshare SNAP Coordinator to assist with the outreach and support of Foodshare’s various sites throughout Hartford and Tolland Counties. This position requires confidential document handling and professional correspondence to answer client, agency, and volunteer questions. The intern will be involved in working with government guidelines, SNAP processing procedures, and occasional contact with DSS personnel.  Previous knowledge of SNAP program and its guidelines is a plus.

This position will help to maintain tracking of metrics, outreach equipment assigned to volunteers, and scheduling of volunteers. Intern will work with Foodshare’s partner agencies to extend our program across both counties, including:  
- Assist clients with questions and completion of applications, as well as any documentation needed;
- Help with scheduling of volunteers at sites;
- Track productivity and demographics for grant and internal goals;
- Communicate with present and potential site agencies and organizations as needed;
- A high degree of detail, accuracy, and confidentiality is involved in this position.

Career Experience: 

Students will gain excellent hands-on experience working with community organizations, and will gain communication and writing skills. At the same time, s/he will learn about the day to day operations of a community-based, nonprofit social service agency.

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 an interest in Foodshare’s work to end hunger are welcome to apply.

Applicant Requirements: 

- Must pass background check, Confideniatly is required;
- A vehicle and valid driver’s license. Some local travel required. Mileage is reimbursed.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office products such as: Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook;
- Self-starter, organized and able to juggle multiple tasks;
- Energetic with strong interpersonal skills;
- Ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds;