Careers and Internships at The Global FoodBanking Network (GFN)
The Global FoodBanking Network is an international organization dedicated to alleviating world hunger through the development and support of food banks and national food bank networks. A career, internship, or volunteer experience with The Global FoodBanking Network is an opportunity to help create practical community based solutions to food security and be part of something that can bring about lasting change in the world. We’re looking for experienced professionals, or individuals seeking professional experience, who not only align with our values, but also want to make a difference, help grow a global movement, drive innovative ideas, and deliver results.
The GFN global headquarters is located in Chicago, Illinois USA. While GFN works with food banks throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, the majority of our employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities are at this location.
We encourage you to explore our website and subscribe to our email newsletter to learn more about our work as you consider joining our team – whether as an employee, intern, or volunteer.
Our global presence and commitment to alleviating world hunger makes GFN an exciting and rewarding place to work. As a young organization that is expanding our global footprint, GFN is looking for dynamic individuals who can help us effectively serve our expanding network.
The Global FoodBanking Network does not have any current openings for paid positions.
The Global FoodBanking Network encourages students who are interested in making a difference in the world to apply for an internship. Through your internship at GFN, you will have a chance to utilize the knowledge you have gained in school to make a real contribution to the fight against global hunger – while gaining valuable work experience.
The GFN internship program seeks to provide closely mentored, project-driven, professional, and practical experience for undergraduate and graduate students interested in contributing to GFN projects and initiatives. Each intern is assigned to a supervisor and is typically engaged in a specific project. Longer term assignments are often available. The project goals, expectations, and timeline are clearly laid out in advance.
Interns are a very important addition to our staff. Due of the number of interns engaged by GFN and budgeting constraints, the majority of internships are unpaid. However if funds are available, GFN would consider work study, a matching program, or similar arrangement.
GFN will provide evaluations or other requirements for those students who are completing the internship for credit.
Former interns share their experience
“I cannot stress enough how great this internship opportunity has been for me, because I have not only gained valuable skills towards my career, but I have also been able to reciprocate by contributing my research skills towards an important cause.” - Michelle Arroyo, Prospect Research Intern Summer 2011
Tyler Read, a marketing and internationa business major at Georgetown University, shared his experience helping to plan the 2012 Food Bank Leadership Institute and attending the event that brought together food bank leaders from over 25 countries in this story on the McDonough School of Business website.
General Eligibility Requirements
- All Interns must be enrolled in a relevant undergraduate, graduate, or post-graduate academic program, or have graduated within the previous 12 months.
- Interns who hold student visas must obtain appropriate work authorization from their educational institutions.
- In general, interns must be able to commit a minimum of 10 hours a week and 8 consecutive weeks. Some opportunities require a longer commitment.
Applying for an Internship
GFN engages interns throughout the year. All applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the position title in the subject of your e-mail.