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Policy Research Intern

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Massachusetts Farm to School is seeking a part-time/temporary Policy Research Intern to research existing policy tools used to promote farm to school activity in other states, analyze the applicability of these policies in Massachusetts, and assist with the development of three case studies here in Massachusetts. The Policy Research Intern will collect and analyze existing reports, update the research where new policies have been introduced, and analyze the findings in the context of the specific Massachusetts political, agricultural, and school food landscapes. The Policy Research Intern will be expected to produce a report providing a comparative analysis of these existing state-level policies that promote local foods procurement and education. The Policy Research Intern with also help MFTS staff conduct in-depth financial analysis of meal costs of 3-5 MA school districts to identify standard economic barriers and opportunities for greater local foods purchasing. The Intern will have the opportunity to develop experience in agriculture and food policy research, to gain a deeper understanding of farm to school policies across the United States, to contribute to the development of a state level policy strategy, and the skills to work in a small, fast paced, non-profit organization.

Responsibilities

  • Review existing policy reports and identify priority states for follow up interviews;
  • Conduct interviews with key advocacy partners from states with successful campaigns and/or state agency representatives who oversee farm to school grant programs or related programs resulting from legislation;
  • Work with Co-Directors to compile research into a report identifying key factors that influenced state legislation including key differences and similarities with the Massachusetts policy environment, agricultural economy, and school food service landscape ;
  • Assist MFTS staff in creating 3-5 case studies to document economic barriers and opportunities for local foods purchasing and the potential financial impact for Massachusetts farmers and fisherman.

Special Requirements

Massachusetts Farm to School is a statewide organization with staff in western and eastern Massachusetts. This position could include some occasional statewide travel. Access to reliable transportation is preferred. Must have access to a computer for working remotely.

Qualifications

  • Interest in agriculture, nutrition education, and school food;
  • Experience conducting policy research and analysis;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with MFTS staff and MFTS partner organizations as needed;
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office suite, G Suite (Docs, Sheets), and Mac and PC platforms;
  • Preferred – Experience conducting phone interviews.

Compensation

This is a paid internship with a salary ranging from $15.00/hour and will require approximately 10-15 hours/week for approximately 3 to 6 months. Exact timing of project will be developed with intern upon hiring.

To Apply

We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and you must submit a cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
NonProfit Center
89 South Street, Suite 700
Boston, MA 02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE MissionWorks/Massachusetts Farm to School will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identification, veteran, or disability status.



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