Internships Available at the Food Bank

SNAP_deskThe Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona is a large, complex community non-profit organization.  We have available unpaid internship opportunities which can provide hands-on experience for undergraduate or graduate students in a variety of areas.  Students of non-profit management, public health, business, social and behavioral sciences, agriculture, nutrition, IT, and other disciplines may find an internship valuable.

Our current identified needs are described below.  However, we are also willing to work with individual students to craft appropriate internships beyond those described.

How do I apply?

Follow these steps:

  1. Complete and submit an individual volunteer application online. The Volunteer Department will respond to your online application via email.  If you want some additional information, feel free to contact the Volunteer Department by sending an email to and we will respond to you by email.  You may also call the Volunteer Department at (520) 882-3293.

2. The Volunteer Department will give you available dates to tour the main facility at 3003 S. Country Club Road, where you will hear about internship and other volunteer opportunities.

3. Once you confirm your interest, the volunteer office will schedule an appointment with the specific department.

I have specific requirements to meet to get credit for the internship.

We want the internship to work for both you and us. You may email the volunteer office at, or call the office at 520-882-3293, to discuss specific details.

How do I document completion of my internship requirements?

Internship hours are recorded through an electronic system. The volunteer office will provide documentation letters, given 24 hour notice. The intern’s direct supervisor will conduct an evaluation upon request, and is willing to meet with the class professor if required by the internship.

Are stipends available?

All of our internships are unpaid.

How many hours would I need to work?

This varies by position, but internships are structured to be within 10-20 hours per week. Contact us if you have specific parameters you would like to discuss.

I need to have a specific job description for my professor, including learning objectives.

This will be developed with your input before or during the first week of the internship as required.

We hope you join us.  The Community Food Bank depends on help from interns and volunteers to complete our important mission.


Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona

Internship (Unpaid) Openings


Job Placement/Mentoring  — Caridad Community Kitchen

The Caridad Community Kitchen trains students in food preparation as part of a program to feed the hungry. This intern would help with student placement by doing outreach to potential employers such as local restaurants, hospitals, school districts, resorts, assisted living facilities, caterers, etc. to inform them about our training program and our students.  They would also help with mentoring or tutoring our students if they need help to prepare for employment, and with general office assistance.

The intern should be friendly, outgoing and self-motivated.  Students interested in human resources, non-profit management, or  hunger may be particularly interested.


Organizational Development — Marana CFB

Marana Community Food Bank is seeking an intern to produce written Standard Operating Procedures for their food distribution program.  Staff is prepared to work closely with the intern in development of the procedures.

Interns should have an attention to detail, understand management processes, and possess computer and writing skills. Students in business or technical writing, communications, organizational development,  management, public and non-profit administration may be particularly interested.


Development Intern – Community Food Bank

The Development Office is seeking an intern to assist with a broad variety of development activities, including event planning, grants research,  grant writing and event support.  This busy office offers a chance to interact with many community groups and different approaches to development activities.

Interns should have computer skills, be outgoing and self-motivated. Specific tasks can be chosen to fit the academic needs of the intern.


Event Planner – Community Food Bank Hunger Walk

The premier annual event in support of the Community Food Bank is the Hunger Walk.  An intern is needed to assist in event planning, community outreach and event support for the Hunger Walk. The event is in September, 2013, although there may be some post-event tasks, so it  is a short term placement.

Intern should be outgoing, and detailed oriented, with good follow through.


Reporter/Writer – Community Food Bank Development Office

It is important to document the face of hunger in Southern Arizona.  We are seeking an intern who would collect the stories of clients, both at the Food Bank and at our partner organizations, and document them.  Interns adept at different media (writing, photography, video) are encouraged to apply.


English-Spanish translation/interpretation –  Community Food Resource Center

Many Community Food Bank consumers speak Spanish.  We are seeking an intern to translate outreach materials  from English to Spanish.  The intern would also provide Spanish language interpretation for  meetings or classes.  Hours are flexible.


Community Education Assistant- Community Food Resource Center

The CFRC participates in numerous community outreach events throughout the fall.  We are seeking an intern to develop outreach materials and provide information at events.  Most events occur on Saturday, and occasionally on Sunday or weekdays.

Interns should be responsible, with good judgment and enjoy talking with people. Communication or non-profit management majors may be particularly interested.


Child Nutrition Program Intern

The Community Food Bank is initiating a meal service program for the school year.  We are seeking interns to work for the program.  The interns will distribute food on a weekly basis, and assist with program planning and coordination.

Interns would need to be available late afternoon and early evening hours at sites around the city.  Food handling certification is provided. Background screening is required.  Education and nutrition students may be particularly interested.