I interned at Food First in the winter 2016. The staff was very welcoming and made me feel at home. I appreciated a lot the deep discussions we had, often during the lunch time all together. Actively joining the staff meetings and strategy workshop allowed me to have a better understanding of how a nonprofit works from the inside.
Interning at Food First during a transition period was challenging but allowed me to develop a lot of self-initiative. I was also conducting a personal thesis research and the possibility I had to discuss it with Eric was very precious and I'm thankful for it.
The very first thing to strike me about Food First was how open and welcoming the staff were. From the moment I arrived I was welcomed with a hug and instantly felt part of the Food First familial environment.
My work as a research and writing intern has been both thought-provoking and stimulating, exposing me to a range of topics and issues that I had not covered in my coursework. Tasks were varied and multiple - there will always be something to work on - allowing me to expand my skill set and incorporate new research methods.
Being a part of the weekly meetings and strategy workshop allowed me to not only feel a part of the working and organisational process, but also that my ideas and opinions were respected and taken on board.
Last but definitely not least, the casual conversations generated around the communal lunch table were both inspiring and enriching, and something I'll definitely take away from my time being there.
I highly recommend partaking in the internship program - the ability to participate in an independent research organisation has been both an honour and a privilege.
I was a research and writing intern in Spring 2015, after being introduced to Food First's books and publications in my coursework at Cal. Working with the team in the office was such an amazing moment in my life, always stimulating and interesting, beyond all of the learning through research and writing. I improved my writing skills more in this short amount of time than through any schooling, with dedicated and thorough feedback from Tanya. I learned about the behind-the-scene workings of a non-profit with radical goals and independent funding to carry those out. The camaraderie made it a joy to show up in the office, and even led to a farm visit trip and attending Gill Tract action days together. I gained new understandings of the food system, of analytical thinking, of change-making, and especially of what my part may be in the pending revolution! I continue to work on the Food Workers Food Justice newsletter today...as they say...interns never really leave!
I was a Research and Writing Intern at Food First during the fall of 2015 after graduating from a small environmental college in Upstate NY in May 2015. Food First is made up of absolutely incredible, genuine people who truly care about you, your goals/objectives, and making you feel like a valued member of the team. I was lucky enough to work on a Backgrounder with Food First's Director, Eric Holt-Gimenez, as well as become a crucial member of the planning committee for Food First's 40th Anniversary Gala. if you're willing to work hard, you will receive so much in return. Because of Food First, I have no doubt in my mind that a career dealing with food justice is what I'd like to pursue.
Interning at Food First was an incredibly valuable and rewarding experience. Not only did I feel like my research was valuable, but also it defined what I want to do. Furthermore, the people are wonderful and really smart and cooking and eating lunch together was always a blast. I am very grateful for this experience and would recommend it.
I interned with Food First during the winter of 2013 and I continue to be incredibly grateful for the experience. The Food First staff is intelligent, inspiring and welcoming. The work is radical and important. My time with Food First set the tone of and direction for the academic and professional path that I pursue today.
I am the Chairperson of Food Sovereignty Ghana. My attention and interest in the struggle against the threats posed by the pesticides and herbicides promoted by the agro-chemical industry under the guise of GMOs owe so much to the excellent work by Food First! I have been reading with keen interest in their works and publications, particularly on Africa. It is very rare to come by such useful insights anywhere else.
I did my graduate thesis with Food First about 9 years ago! I got to work with amazing people like Peter Rosset and Raj Patel, who at the time I did not even imagine could be as influencial as they are today. I learned so much from them, their analysis skills and professionalism, but most importantly their commitment and dedication, which has served to inspire me since.
I went on to pursue food work in the field and then at the policy level in the EU. The experience at Food First undoubtedly laid teh foundation for this success
I interned for Food First my last semester of college. It is, to this day, my absolute favorite and most influential job/ internship I have ever had- and trust me I have had a lot of jobs and internships. At Food First they got to know me as an individual and worked with me to develop research and work that reflected my areas of expertise. With that focus I was able to write a body of research that made an impact on the areas of food justice and sovereignty that meant a lot to me- specifically the efficacy of GMO foods.
If I still lived in the East Bay I would continue to volunteer for them. The staff really, honestly, care about their interns and each other. It is an incredibly positive and inspiring environment.