Internship: Food & Nutrition Program Intern at the Fortune Society

Program Intern, Food and Nutrition Program, Employment Services

The Position:
The Fortune Society is seeking to bring on a Food and Nutrition Program Intern.  Under the supervision of the Food Programs Coordinator, the Program Intern could be responsible for the following:

Possible Responsibilities:

  1. Support cooking demonstrations at Castle Gardens residence in West Harlem and Long Island City service center.  A Community Chef from Just Food conducts the cooking demonstrations in West Harlem.  Program staff and volunteers conduct cooking demonstrations at Long Island City. Support duties include packing fresh fruit and vegetable bags, set-up and clean up, and strategizing to make demonstrations more interactive, fun, and well attended.
  2. Promote cooking demonstrations and nutrition education workshops through developing outreach materials, both printed and digital.
  3. Research value added products and look for possible vendor relationships to develop through youth-run farm stand in West Harlem
  4. Fill out evaluation reports for activities to be delivered to the Food Programs Coordinator.


  • Applicant should have an interest in food, knowledge about food systems, and a desire to increase food-access in NYC’s low-income communities.
  • Commitment to the organization and participants as demonstrated by reliability, enthusiasm, preparedness, and positive attitude about the program and nutrition.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, and a courteous and professional manner.


The Organization:
The Fortune Society’s mission is to support successful re-entry from prison and promote alternatives to incarceration, thus strengthening the fabric of our communities. We do this by believing in the power of individuals to change, building lives through service programs shaped by the needs and experience of our clients, and changing minds to promote the creation of a fair, humane and truly rehabilitative correctional system by educating the public about the current system and by proposing needed changes in that system. 

Program Summary:
Working from a contract awarded by the New York State Department of Health (DOH) Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Awareness Program (HPNAP) to support our Cooking, Nutrition and Fresh Food Distribution Program, the project is sited at our two housing facilities in West Harlem and our main service center in Long Island City; it centers on the distribution of fresh, locally-sourced produce coupled with culturally competent nutrition education that responds to the domestic, cultural, and financial realities of the population we serve. The food and nutrition program has offered 4600 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to 450 participants of nutrition education classes and 1200 participants of cooking demonstrations.

To apply for the position please send email with resume to Specify position in the subject line.

Formerly incarcerated and individuals in recovery who have successfully made the transition from confinement into a stable, productive lifestyle in the community, including sustained employment since release, are encouraged to apply.