Urban Latinx Food, Culture & Nutrition Extension Education Internship
Penn State University
- Penn State Extension
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- Date Closing:
- open until filled
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- College of Agricultural Sciences
- Extension Food Families and Health - Philadelphia
Penn State Extension Philadelphia has longstanding partnerships with non-profit community organizations and social service agencies delivering educational programs to diverse urban audiences dealing with complex issues of generational poverty, racial inequity, social justice and access to a fair and just food supply. Penn State Nutrition Links Philadelphia food and nutrition program seeks to move beyond a traditional teacher-led education model to connect with the largely underserved Latinx community in a culturally relevant manner meaningful to neighborhood residents. The intern will work with Extension Educators, community partners and residents open to sharing their culinary expertise to develop, pilot and evaluate an innovative social cooking club model for Latinx adult parents in the north Philadelphia community of Norris Square this summer. The intern will meet and get to know adult, teen and youth members of the Norris Square neighborhood through community organizations, Extension Educators, families, local businesses and residents who are passionate about their community. Conversational Spanish is a big plus. The intern will help source fresh produce from local growers and suppliers to guide the selection of recipes to be prepared, tasted and celebrated in the cooking club pilot. The intern will also work outdoors each week at an urban agricultural site alongside fellow interns, community experts and Extension Educators to gain firsthand knowledge about the growing cycle from seed to harvest. The intern will work with a bilingual Nutrition Education Adviser and supervisor to develop a series of low-literacy handouts for participants in Spanish and English. They will facilitate discussions on the history and cultural significance of recipe ingredients and highlight functional benefits of key nutrients. Requirements: Junior or Senior. Successful candidate must be currently enrolled as a College of Agricultural Sciences undergraduate student. Experience in food and nutrition helpful, but not essential. Openness and passion for learning about inner city Latinx culture, racial and social injustice and environment through immersion is a must. This work can be used either as an internship or independent study. For Information: Contact Suzanne Weltman firstname.lastname@example.org. Apply at https://psu.jobs with resume and cover letter. Pay is $15/hour for 30 hours/week for 10 weeks from Mid-May through Mid-August.
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