The Nutrition and Food Security Intern works in close coordination with Case Managers to educate newly arrived refugee families about nutrition and how to access nutritious foods in their communities. Through home visits and field trips, the NFS Intern will implement nutrition education curriculum around meal planning, food safety, storage, and health and wellness through diet choices. The goal of this program is to teach new families to make healthy meal choices from day one and be an active participant in their own preventative health plan.
Please note that this position is unpaid.
This position is a hybrid of in-person and virtual work.
- Coordinate with interpreters, case managers and newly arrived families to implement nutrition curriculum within first two weeks of arrival
- Transport families to local grocery stores to implement curriculum on how to identify and purchase nutritious foods
- Conduct follow up visits with the family to provide additional education around meal planning and selecting nutritious alternatives as appropriate for family composition
- Identify basic health issues related to nutritional deficiencies and adapt curriculum to meet these educational needs
- In addition to home visits, some nutrition education may be conducted virtually or over the phone.
- Track and document all field activities.
- Background in diet and nutrition education
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively with people from other cultural backgrounds; strong interpersonal communication skills
- Demonstrated teaching skills, especially with English language learners
- Driver’s license, personal vehicle, auto insurance, a clean driving record, and willingness to drive clients in personal vehicle.
- Ability to self direct and communicate effectively
- Ability to multi-task and direct students of all ages in loud and unstructured environments
- Technology requirements:
- Interns will be required to use their own technology tools to work on virtual opportunities.
- IRC is not responsible for any personal device expenses such as personal smartphones, tablets, hotspots, data charges, etc.
- All personal devices must:
- Be kept current with all operating system updates and security patches,
- Use a password or PIN with a minimum of 4 characters to log onto smartphones and tablets and 8 alpha and numeric characters for a Laptop.
- Have lock screen set to 10 minutes or less with a password required to unlock the device
- Configurations must be set to delete all data or lock after 10 unsuccessful attempts to enter a password or PIN. Lockout period must be no less than 30 minutes.
- Additional policy details will be discussed during orientation and training.
All offers are contingent on successfully passing background and criminal history checks as required by federal and state law or by IRC policy.
· SUMMER: Minimum 20 hrs/wk for 3 months
· FALL/SPRING: Minimum 10 hrs/wk for 14 weeks
· Primary availability during IRC business hours (M-F; 8:30am-5:00pm)
· Preference given to applicants able to make multi-term commitment