Internships

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County is a dynamic organization committed to ending hunger and transforming the health of Santa Barbara County through good nutrition. With each person and family we reach through food distribution, we are introducing nutrition education to transform the health and potential of working families, seniors and other individuals countywide. Last year, the Foodbank distributed more than 9.7 million pounds of food. Our food is utilized by 1 in 4 people in our community. Half of the food we distribute is fresh produce. Foodbank Interns have an important role in achieving this.

All interns are asked to commit to 10-15 hours/week for 3 to 6 months.

Compensation
Although internships are unpaid, we are happy to work with you and your college or university to meet course requirements/credits, paid work-study programs and/or your educational goals. Interns gain significant experience: 1) Supporting a wide range of programs and operational needs within the organization, 2) Understanding of the inner workings of nonprofits and the foodbank system, 3) networking, interpersonal, and communication skills, and 4) significant learning opportunities and skills development in your field of interest.

To Apply
To apply for an internship, submit a cover letter and resume by e-mail to cmullin@foodbanksbc.org.

Administrative Assistant Intern – North County

Reports to:  Administrative Assistant – North County
Location:     Santa Maria Warehouse – Office Facility @ 490 W. Foster Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455

Position Overview
The Administrative Assistant Intern is responsible for taking, directing and responding to the inquiries of visitors and callers with a friendly, responsive demeanor while at the same time supporting Foodbank staff and operations. It is critical that this position presents a positive image to the community.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Direct phone calls and walk-in visitors and assist with:
    • Food Donations and Receipts
    • Program and Food Distribution Information
    • Volunteer inquiries
    • Routing to appropriate staff
  • Process incoming mail
  • Ensure that warehouse volunteers check-in at kiosk, follow warehouse procedures and are given appropriate identification
  • Assist staff with various tasks as needed

Desired Qualifications

  • A friendly, positive and helpful demeanor that serves as a model ambassador for The Foodbank
  • Excellent customer service
  • Basic computer and typing skills
  • Attention to detail and organization

Backyard Bounty Internship

The mission of the Backyard Bounty Program is to reduce local food waste by gleaning produce that would otherwise go to waste in Santa Barbara County.  A volunteer-powered program of the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, Backyard Bounty provides the Foodbank with tens of thousands of pounds of fresh, local produce harvested from backyards, gardens, farms, and orchards each year. As the Backyard Bounty Intern you will assist the Backyard Bounty Program Coordinator to plan, coordinate and lead harvest events and help raise awareness about the program among potential private donors, farmers and volunteers.

Qualifications:

  • Interest in local food systems, food waste prevention, food access and/or agriculture.
  • Ability to communicate and interact with a wide variety of donors and volunteers.
  • Good planning and organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with Windows, Microsoft Suite and ability to learn and use GleanWeb software.
  • Interest in event planning, volunteer coordination and system implementation.
  • Passion for horticulture, farming and gardening

Duties:

  • Bi-weekly check-ins with Backyard Bounty Coordinator
  • Assist in communication with donors, volunteers and partner organizations
  • Help plan logistics and execution of gleaning events including independently leading backyard gleans
  • Help maintain Farmers’ Market recovery program and increase participating donors and volunteers
  • Assist in data recording and management

Requirements:

  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • California Driver’s License and ability to drive pick-up truck.

 

Development Assistant Intern – North County

Reports to:  Development Coordinator/ Donor Services Specialist – North County
Location:     Santa Maria Warehouse – Office Facility @ 490 W. Foster Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455

Position Overview
The Development Assistant Intern helps build positive relationships with donors, looks for ways to increase Foodbank donations, and supports Development Staff in additional activities.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research potential funding sources
  • Enter batch data for deposits and run verification reports for sign-off
  • Call donors and others to assist in development operations
  • Create and maintain reports to organize projects
  • Use software to create, edit, and mail files, as requested
  • Process gift acknowledgements and ensure distribution to donors within a 72 hour turnaround.
  • Enter donations in database under the direction of Donor Services Specialist including in-kind gifts, event roles, event updates, etc.
  • Run reports and update report template
  • Assist staff with various tasks as needed

Required Qualifications

  • A willingness to learn
  • Reliability, punctuality and confidentiality
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Great time management and multi-tasking skills
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, and flexibility
  • Basic MS Word and Excel skills
  • Type minimum 30 wpm
  • Data entry
  • Intermediate math skills
  • An interest and commitment to helping the Foodbank end hunger in our community.
  • Preferred: entry-level database administration, basic accounting, ability to prioritize, and previous fundraising support a plus

Foodbank Intern

Reports to:         Volunteer Services Manager
Location:            Santa Barbara Warehouse @ 4554 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara, CA 93110

Position Overview
The Foodbank Intern helps support the Foodbank’s critical operations and programs. This internship interfaces with a wide range of Foodbank activities, including the warehouse, fundraising events, food drives, volunteer events, and community outreach/programs, from elementary students to seniors!

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Participate in community outreach, such as tabling events and festivals
  • Prepare for and assist with our Fall Food Drives, both Community-based and Letter Carrier
  • Facilitate large volunteer groups and activities
  • Enter volunteer hours into our management system, VolunteerHub
  • Assist staff and departments/programs with various tasks as needed. This could be pitching in with a Brown Bag Assembly, a kid’s nutrition program, or our Empty Bowls fundraiser.

Required Qualifications

  • An interest and commitment to helping the Foodbank end hunger in our community
  • A positive, friendly, outgoing, and can-do attitude
  • Excellent customer service and organizational skills
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, and flexibility
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills

Graphic Design Intern

Reports to: Marketing + Communications Manager
Location:     Santa Barbara Education Center, 1525 State St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Position Overview
The Graphic Design Intern helps support the Foodbank’s critical operations and programs. This internship interfaces with a wide range of Foodbank activities and our visual presence in the community. From designing pieces for social media, online and print, this intern will get to know our programming intimately, from the warehouse, fundraising events, and food drives, to volunteer events, and community outreach/programs.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with Foodbank staff to create compelling visual communications with strategy and ingenuity
  • Design for online needs: website, social media, newsletter
  • Design for print needs: event materials, brochures, flyers
  • Other tasks as needed

Qualifications

  • An interest and commitment to helping the Foodbank end hunger in our community
  • A positive, friendly, outgoing, and can-do attitude
  • Excellent eye for design
  • Initiative, resourcefulness, and flexibility
  • Proficiency in Photoshop, Illustrator, and other design tools.
  • Well-versed in social media and trends
  • Experience in marketing, design, and/or communications preferred
  • Photography skills a plus
  • Basic Microsoft Office skills
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