The Forward Food Intern will support Humane Society International/Canada’s innovative Forward Food program, which works with the Canadian foodservice industry to make our food system more sustainable. Specifically, we help institutions (colleges, universities, hospitals, etc.) and businesses across Canada increase their offerings of delicious and nutritious plant-based food options by providing culinary trainings, recipes and menu development support, educational sessions and help with marketing and communications – all free of charge. The Forward Food Intern will join our 3-person team to assist us with providing resources and information to foodservice professionals (chefs, foodservice directors and managers, restaurant owners and operators, dietitians and more).
The intern will be a champion for a more environmentally sustainable food system, helping to further Canada’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Specifically, this position will advance Canada’s ambitions under SDG #2 to end hunger, achieve food security and better nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture, as well as those under SDG #3 to ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages. The Forward Food Intern will contribute to Canada’s efforts to increase access to sufficient, affordable, and nutritious food and to help Canadians adopt healthy behaviours (measured in terms of saturated fat, fruit and vegetable intake).
Duties and responsibilities
The Forward Food Intern will assist with five primary activities. First, they will help us to host our fourth annual Forward Food Leadership Summit, taking place virtually for the first time in October 2020. They will work on digitizing and marketing the event, managing registrations and collecting/organizing participant feedback. Second, they will help us to launch our virtual culinary training program this fall. They will help with enrolment and participant support. Third, they will assist us in supporting our existing foodservice contacts across the country. They will work to put together monthly plant-based newsletters and develop new resources, aligned to the relevant SDGs, such as industry-specific toolkits, contributing through research, writing and editing. Fourth, they will help us to promote our program and services to foodservice audiences throughout Canada, embedding them in the global goals movement. They will work to identify new opportunities for collaboration and impact, including those to work with other SDG-focused partners, and help to our program’s online presence (e.g., through social and traditional media). Fifth, they will support our day-to-day operations by participating in bi-weekly team meetings, updating our program budget, applying for funding and reporting on our progress. They will gain a lot of practical skills and experience through these tasks and may also provide additional support as required.
Knowledge and skills
The Forward Food Intern requires a base level of knowledge about the food industry’s environmental impact. They will also require the following skills: research, writing, editing, video editing, event planning, public speaking, organization, time management, and project management. They require excellent communication (verbal and written) skills in English, with French language skills an asset. They must be able to communicate with stakeholders in a professional manner, work well independently and use good judgment. This position requires proficiency in the basic functions of Microsoft Office and Google Drive/Google Docs. Proficiency in Canva, iMovie and Zoom are assets. Knowledge of/proficiency in virtual event platforms is an asset. The Forward Food Intern should have an interest in or passion for plant-based eating, environmental sustainability, public health and/or animal welfare.
A high school diploma is required. Some university/college education is preferred, ideally in the fields of communications, marketing, food policy, education, environment/sustainability, human health/nutrition, and/or animal welfare.
Qualified interns are:
- Between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the internship
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents or persons granted refugee status in Canada1
- Legally allowed to work according to the relevant provincial and Canadian legislation and regulations
- Available to participate in an ImpAct internship for a flexible duration of up to 6 months by March 1, 2021
- Not employees of the hiring employer prior to the start of their internship (does not apply to previous coop students or student interns, although this must be clearly indicated by the employer)
1Refugee protection must be conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Persons awaiting refugee status, as well as those who hold a temporary visitor visa, student visa or work visa, are ineligible to participate in a Youth Employment Strategy initiative.