Richmond Food Security Society Spring/Summer Communications Intern opportunities – due Jan 31

Richmond Food Securit Society

Duration: 4 Months
Weekly time requirement: 10 hours/week
Application deadline: January 31, 2014

The Richmond Food Security Society is a grassroots non-profit society based out of Richmond working to ensure that everyone has the right to healthy, safe, and sustainable foods.  We are expanding efforts into the diverse communities in our neighbourhoods and are seeking four interns to help support our work.

We are looking for a smart, motivated, and energetic intern to join the Richmond Food Security Society this Spring/Summer. The ideal intern would be a student studying marketing, social sciences, communications, or environmental sciences and have an interest in media communications and sustainable food systems. You are looking to gain experience in research initiatives that further social change among minority and cultural groups in the region.

Four positions are being offered at this time:

  1. Mandarin Speaking Media Intern
  2. Cantonese Speaking Media Intern
  3. Punjabi Speaking Media Intern
  4. Tagalog Speaking Media Intern


  • Firsthand experience at the cutting edge of food work and communication/media studies
  • On the job training to hone your research and analytical skills and your writing/communication skills
  • An incredible reference for future professional engagements
  • Building a strong network among local and regional media players
  • Increasing your knowledge about food


This person is responsible for compiling and analyzing traditional print and online media for food security and sustainable food related content.

  • Research and analyze various print and online publications (newspaper and magazine articles, editorials, blog posts).  Key research questions include:
    • What are other jurisdictions doing (in the field of food security work?)
    • What has the local cultural media in the lower mainland said about this?
    • Which outlets (and journalists) have written about the topic?
    • What tone did they take? Positive or negative?
    • What’s being said online?
    • Where are journalists or media contributors going for their information? What are their sources?
  • Summarize key findings and perform detailed analyses of the way in which food issues and food security work are depicted in the media landscape of relevance
  • Foster and build relationships with media outlets in the Lower Mainland
  • Attend bi-weekly team meetings with Richmond Food Security Society staff

Desired Qualifications

  • Fluent in one or more of the following: Mandarin, Cantonese, Punjabi, or Tagalog
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A passion for, and experience in research and media analysis
  • Experience in working with community groups and/or non-profit organizations
  • Familiarity with social media
  • Professional and organized; ability to meet deadlines
  • Proactive attitude
  • Strong team player

How to Apply

Email Executive Director, Colin Dring with “Comms Intern App 2014” in the Subject Line,  and attach:

  • A sample of your writing (max 250-350 words)
  • Your resume
  • Cover letter

Due to the high volume of applications, only successful applicants will be contacted.

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