Notes from the Field


We’re Hiring TWO Summer Interns!

We are seeking to hire TWO part-time paid interns this Summer! View the full descriptions and learn how to apply on our Job & Internship Opportunities page.

Communications & Outreach Intern

The primary objectives of the Communications & Outreach Intern’s role are to:

  • Increase visibility of RIFPC’s mission and work
  • Foster meaningful connections with individuals, organizations, and agencies in communities that represent a more diverse Rhode Island
  • Support the development and implementation of content for RIFPC’s web-based community (e.g. write news items on RIFPC’s initiatives and events, conduct interviews with Council Members and other stakeholders, and create social media posts and campaigns)

The ideal candidate for this position will be:

  • A strong and creative communicator. Someone who possesses verbal and written skills that can excite and engage audiences, and brings ideas to the conversation.
  • A relationship-builder. A person who will support RIFPC in building genuine relationships with legislators, network members, community members, and web-based followers
  • An empathetic listener. Someone who listens first, remains open-minded, and always kind; a person who welcomes social interactions and makes an effort to connect with new people 
  • A thoughtful, accountable teammate. A person who asks questions, seeks input, responsibly manages their time, and understands the importance of being responsive to their colleagues. 
  • A true believer. Someone invested in building justice and resiliency into Rhode Island’s food system. A person who genuinely enjoys learning and contributing. 

Food Policy Research

The primary objectives of the Food Policy Research Intern’s role are to:

  • Utilize the RI Food Systems Metrics Dashboard to create a data-based “State of the State of RI’s Food System 2023” report
  • Leveraging information from the RI Food Policy Bill Tracker, related resources, and interviews with key NGO and public leaders, to analyze and present key policy opportunities for improving the state’s food system during the 2024 state legislative session
  • Contribute to the RIFPC Summer 2023 Policy Retreat and provide draft materials regarding 2024 legislation session priorities after the event

The ideal candidate for our Food Policy Research internship position will be: 

  • Interested in understanding how data can inform our understanding of the food system. Someone adept with using population-level data and key informant intelligence to form policy recommendations. 
  • A good communicator. Someone who is comfortable interacting with leaders at the helm of statewide NGOs and state agency leaders to ask questions, and who brings ideas to conversation with staff and state partners while remaining open minded. Experience with developing and implementing key informant interview instruments is a plus.
  • An accountable teammate. Someone who manages time well, and can be counted on to work either independently or cooperatively. A helpful-in-nature person who enjoys “owning” projects, but also understands the importance in checking in often and being responsive to the team.
  • A true believer. Someone who is committed to making Rhode Island’s food system more just and resilient. 


RIFPC encourages applications from individuals who believe they possess the key competencies and can demonstrate ability to execute the responsibilities, even if you do not have every listed qualification/skill listed on the full job description.