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.

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

Opportunities in South County (Santa Barbara, Goleta & Carpinteria)

Backyard Bounty Program Intern – South County

Reports to: Spencer vonHershman, Backyard Bounty Coordinator
Location: Santa Barbara Warehouse – 4554 Hollister Avenue, Santa Barbara, CA 93110

The Backyard Bounty intern will help develop strategies for targeted volunteer outreach for the program, learn the ins-and-outs of the program to assist with local gleans and harvesting and help with some of the administrative duties of the program.

Opportunities in North County (Santa Maria, Santa Ynez & Lompoc)

Administrative Assistant Intern – North County

Reports to: Monica Buenrostro, Office Manager
Location: Santa Maria Warehouse – Office Facility @ 490 W. Foster Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455

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.

Click here for a description of the Administrative Assistant internship.

Development Assistant Intern – North County

Reports to: Laurel Alcantar, Development Manager
Location: Santa Maria Warehouse – Office Facility @ 490 W. Foster Rd, Santa Maria, CA 93455

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

Click here for a description of the Development internship.