Summer Kids Food Program Intern

The Summer Kids Food Program Intern will help increase the number of children receiving free summer meals by increasing repeat visits to Meet Up & Eat Up (our open Summer Meals site). They will help ensure future program growth in all Summer Meals sites by developing a system for obtaining feedback from children, their parents, and teachers.


Build a welcoming and engaging environment at Meet Up & Eat Up so that children want to return.

  • Assist with planning, recruitment, and execution of age-appropriate programing such as arts and crafts, physical activities, story time, movie time, etc.
  • Greet children and families warmly; learn names of participants; manage minor conflicts and communicate with staff to trouble-shoot solutions.
  • Facilitate orderly sign-in.

Oversee distribution of meals.

  • Learn all food sanitation and ISBE protocols.
  • Manage distribution of meals at each site based on its unique requirements.
  • Train and support volunteers regarding distribution protocol.
  • Assist with the daily physical set up and break-down.

Manage data and evaluation

  • Establish a process and collection tools to gather impact data and feedback from participants, families, and teachers.
  • Track and submit meal site data daily.
  • Maintain flexibility with tasks and be prepare to assist other departments and programs when needed.


  • By increasing the number of children attending Meet Up & Eat Up, the Summer Kids Food Program Intern will help decrease child hunger in the community.
  • The Summer Kids Food Program Intern will expand awareness of Beyond Hunger and deepen community engagement through outreach and data collection.


BACKGROUND CHECKS: This position requires the following background checks:

  • Applicants must complete a criminal background check and child abuse clearance.


  • Be a currently enrolled, undergraduate student who will be returning to college as a full-time (12 credit hours) sophomore, junior or senior in the fall of 2020.
  • Submit written enrollment verification from their college or university confirming the student’s enrollment status to Iowa Campus Compact (student ID cards and/or phone calls are not sufficient documentation).
  • Must attend Illinois State Board of Education training.
  • Have a valid driver’s license.


  • This full-time position starts Monday, June 7th, 2021 and ends Friday, August 20th 2021. This position is not eligible for sick, vacation, and holiday leave during employment. 
  • Work hours are normally 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Monday – Friday.  Some flexibility with start/stop time may be possible, depending on the needs of the program.  Roughly ½ of the day will be spent at the meal sites, with the remaining portion of the day in program assessment and data management.
  • Periodic travel between summer meal sites is required. All sites are located in Oak Park, IL and Berwyn IL.
  • The applicant must be physically capable of carrying, transporting, and setting up supplies and program equipment. Must be able to lift 30 pounds.


  • SALARY. The individual shall receive a $3300 salary distributed in four equal amounts for the duration of internship.  If funding permits, the internship may be extended through August with commensurate salary increase. 
  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT. Iowa Campus Compact will provide an in-person orientation and three professional development opportunities to the employee.
  • ENGAGED PASSIONATE TEAM. Our energetic, personable staff enjoy working together--and it shows. 


  • The employee will receive an evaluation of their performance at the end of their employment from their direct supervisor. The evaluation also includes a self-evaluation and program evaluation.


The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Ability and desire to work with children from age 3-18.
  • College level work in one or more of these fields: Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Child Psychology, Athletic Training, Counseling, Library Science, Physical Education, Sports and Recreation, Research Methodology.
  • Ability to lead activities across a range of age groups.
  • Comfortable working with children, parents, and volunteers from diverse backgrounds.
  • Experience developing and/or administering qualitative research (surveys, focus groups, etc.)
  • Exceptional interpersonal and problem-solving skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office and Windows based computer application and database management
  • Creative, strategic, and analytical thinker.
  • Bi-lingual skills (English/Spanish) are a plus.
  • Food Safety Manager certified is a plus.



  • The Summer Kids Food Program Intern will have ample opportunity to convert theories of child development, research methodology, or community engagement into real life practice.  S/he will develop a working knowledge of non-profit program management and assessment.


  • The Summer Kids Food Program Intern will develop skills in program assessment and implementation.  S/he will refine time management and interpersonal communication skills. Critical thinking skills will also be honed.


  • Working with a wide variety of people—children, parents, volunteers, teachers, ISBE staff—will enhance interpersonal confidence and comfort.  In addition, developing an assessment protocol will increase the student’s ability to think critically and in culturally responsive ways.

Supervisor Name  Adriana Riano
Supervisor Contact

To apply for this position please submit resume and brief cover letter to Deadline to apply April 9.