The Zero Hunger Internship Program is a paid summer leadership development opportunity for college students who are interested in federal anti-hunger policy. Moreover, interns work in Washington, D.C., for 10 weeks at organizations that focus on domestic or global hunger. In addition to participating in leadership development training through the Congressional Hunger Center, interns also attend a five-part Summer Seminar Series about domestic and global hunger, public policy, as well as advocacy. Furthermore, the Summer 2019 cohort will consist of 8-10 motivated individuals committed to careers in the anti-hunger field.
The Hunger Center provides Zero Hunger Interns with:
- Financial support: Each intern receives a financial package of up to $5,200 designed to support living expenses in Washington, D.C. for 10 weeks. In addition, the Hunger Center will cover travel to and from Washington at the beginning and end of the summer
- Leadership development training: Zero Hunger Interns complete a leadership development curriculum based on Leadership Capabilities Model, tailored to the needs of college students.
- Membership in a dynamic learning cohort of interns: Interns will conduct research and attend the Summer Seminar Series and leadership trainings as a cohort. Interns possess a variety of racial, ethnic, and geographic backgrounds. Also, they bring to the cohort a diversity of work experiences and expertise. Accordingly, each internship cohort comprises a valuable learning community.
- Connection to an extensive network: Interns will have access to the Hunger Center’s network of alums, partners, and experts, including participants from Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship Program and Mickey Leland International Hunger Fellowship Program.
The most competitive candidates for the Zero Hunger Internship Program are those who exhibit:
- Commitment to food and nutrition security
- Also, Desire to be an agent of change
- Flexibility and ability to adapt
- Also, Critical thinking skills
- A learning mindset
- Also, Integrity and self-motivation
- Ability to communicate and work well in a new work environment.