5-month paid internship at Cambridge Sustainable Food

5-month paid internship at Cambridge Sustainable Food


About Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF)

Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) is a network of public, private and community organisations within the city and surrounding villages working to build a sustainable, local food system. We believe that through rethinking our food system, we can address some of today’s most pressing social, economic and environmental challenges. From diet-related ill-health to food poverty and waste, climate change to rising economic inequality, food is fundamental to the challenges we face and the solutions we create.


CSF runs various projects, including family cookery workshops, a Pledge/Award scheme for local food businesses and campaigns such as Sugar Smart and Love Food Hate Waste. CSF also produces an online Sustainable Food Directory and Community Food Map.


Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance

CSF convenes the Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance (with members such as Cambridge City Council, Food Bank, Foodcycle, Wintercomfort), which is currently conducting a scoping exercise in preparation for producing a Food Poverty Action Plan. Cambridge is the most unequal city in the UK, with part of Abbey Ward among the 20% mot deprived in the country.


Funding from Food Power: ‘Maximising Family Income’

CSF is looking for a paid intern for 3 days per week for 5 months (July – November 2018) to help with our work on food poverty. CSF, on behalf of the Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance, has been awarded a small grant by Food Power for the purpose of ‘Maximising Family Income’. This involves

  • creating a ‘signposting toolkit’ to help support organisations and individuals find out what help they can get locally: online pages and a hard-copy flow-chart [1]
  • designing a campaign to increase the uptake of free Healthy Start vouchers, free school meals and breakfast clubs in Cambridge
  • presenting the toolkit and launching the campaign at a Cambridge Food Poverty conference in early October 2018
  • conducting the campaign and ensuring the widespread dissemination of the toolkit during October and November
  • ensuring built-in methods of monitoring the effectiveness of the toolkit and the campaign and beginning the monitoring


Terms and conditions

The intern will be paid at the rate of the real living wage outside London (currently £8.75 per hour) + employer’s pension contribution of 3%. The contract will be from 9th July to 23rd November 2018. The intern will work 3 x 7-hour days per week (days to be negotiated) and will be entitled to 2 weeks paid holiday during that period.


The intern will report to Sam Dyer, the CSF coordinator and will work in the CSF office in Cambridge. They will also attend meetings of the Cambridge Food Poverty Alliance and give regular updates of their work.


Job description and person specification

The following skills are required for this post:

  • familiarity with websites and creating web content (using Word Press)
  • ability to present detailed information clearly and concisely to make it easily accessible to others
  • some understanding of graphic design (although there is a budget for outsourcing the actual design of the flow-chart)
  • ability to design and conduct a campaign to reach relevant organisations in Cambridge
  • good interpersonal skills to be able to liaise with a range of different organisations and individuals
  • understanding of monitoring and evaluation


This post would suit a recent graduate.


How to apply

Please send a CV and a covering letter saying why you are interested in applying for this post and why you are suitable for it to sam@cambridgesustainablefood.org.


The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th June at 5pm. Interviews will be held Wednesday 20th June. The successful applicant will take up the post Monday 9th July or as soon as possible after that date.

[1] Much of the background research for this will have been done by the time this post starts.