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Summer 2019 Fellowship Opportunities

The Robert A. Fox Leadership Program is seeking public-spirited Penn students to place in paid, full-time 8-10 week summer fellowships. The start date for each fellowship is listed in the fellowship descriptions below.

We are currently accepting applications for fellowships with:
   * Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger (Philadelphia)
   * Nutritional Development Services (Philadelphia)

Additional fellowship opportunities will be advertised on the website throughout the Spring semester.

Interested Penn undergraduate students, including graduating seniors, should send to a resume and a cover letter specifying the Fellowship in which you are interested. In the letter, describe how the Fellowship will help you explore a particular career path and/or develop a specific skill. If you are interested in more than one Fellowship, please submit a separate cover letter for each Fellowship.

All applications are due by Monday, April 1, 2019.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Applicants should not contact the organization directly. 



Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger (GPCAH) - 2 Fellows

Preferred Start Date First Week of June

Founded in 1996, The Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger (GPCAH) strives to build a community where all people have the food they need to lead healthy lives. The Coalition connects people with food assistance programs and nutrition education; provides resources to a network of food pantries; and educates the public and policymakers about responsible solutions that prevent people from going hungry. There are two unique fellowship opportunities for Summer 2019:

          Anti-hunger Education, Engagement, and Advocacy– 1 Fellow

The Fox Fellow for Anti-hunger Education, Engagement, and Advocacy will work with the Policy Director to a) create county and legislative district specific materials to educate elected officials and constituents about hunger; b) perform outreach engage partner agency staff, supporters, and individuals impacted by hunger to engage them in advocacy; and c) assist with scheduling meetings with elected officials and in-district visits to a variety of programs responding to hunger. The fellowship will include attending relevant meetings with partner agencies, such as the Benefits Access Work Group (BAWG), convened by the Mayor's Office of Community Empowerment and Opportunity (CEO), and the Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council (FPAC). The position may also involve a small amount of other office duties to support the Coalition’s broader work as needed.  

          SNAP and Summer Meals Hotline and Outreach – 1 Fellow

The Hotline and Outreach Assistant will take calls on the SNAP (food stamp) and Summer Meals hotlines; complete pre-screenings to see if clients are eligible for benefits; refer clients to food resources (such as food pantries); respond to general inquiries about SNAP and other food resources; place targeted calls to food pantries, soup kitchens, and/or summer meals sponsors and sites to update information with regard to their hours and services. The Fellow will have opportunities for summer meals outreach (supervised by a Coalition staffer). The fellowship will include attending relevant meetings with partner organizations, and may involve an incidental amount of other office duties to support the Coalition’s broader work as needed.  

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Nutritional Development Services – 4 Fellows

10 weeks with staggered start dates in May and June 2019

The Summer Meals Program at Nutritional Development Services (NDS) provides free meals from June to August each year to low-income children in the Philadelphia area who otherwise may not have adequate access to healthy foods. 

The Fox Fellows’ responsibilities will provide a fast-paced introduction to the day-to-day operation of a federally-funded Child Nutrition Program. Mornings will fly by in a whirlwind of phone calls from site supervisors, while afternoons will be spent following up on issues and working on their special project(s).

The Fox Fellows will assist site supervisors who call the office with questions or problems; provide on-site and over-the-phone training and technical assistance to site supervisors; assist with site supervisor training meetings; review, consolidate and process paperwork submitted by sites and monitors accounting for meals served each day; and complete one or two special projects (see project descriptions below).   These are daily, primary responsibilities in conjunction with their long-term project(s). 

Fellows will experience the operational and regulatory requirements of sponsoring a federally-funded Child Nutrition Program, have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the nutritional needs of low-income children, and may receive a letter of recommendation upon successful completion of the Fellowship.

The four Fox Fellows will work collaboratively and/or individually on four projects:

Project 1: Design a weekly Summer Splash newsletter

Description: Research and create a weekly newsletter to distribute to our summer sites. Include information such as pictures of summer meals and events, compliance reminders, interviews with summer site staff, age-appropriate nutrition topics, low-cost fitness programming ideas, food safety tips, news and other program updates, and links to online resources. This project is ideal for someone who is interested in communications and has a creative side.

Project 2: Design back of school lunch menus for 2019-2020 school year

Description: NDS creates a two-sided menu each month for Elementary, Middle and High School lunch. The front lists the daily meal offering and the back has a child-friendly nutrition education theme. This project is ideal for someone who is interested in nutrition for children and has a creative side. The student should be skilled in Microsoft Word and/or Publisher. The student will work with the staff dietitian to decide on topics.

Project 2B: Outreach to Camps on College Campuses, Museums and other organizations

Description: What prevents youth camps located on college campuses and other organizations from participating in summer meals? This project involves investigating camps planned throughout Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, what food service is offered and at what cost. The student may conduct outreach to camps and may also visit camps in order to gather information.

Project 3: Solicit and analyze menu feedback

Description: We have many new items on the menu each summer, and we would like feedback from our sites to see how the children are enjoying these items. The Fellow will design questions and analyze the results. The student will receive training for Blackboard Messaging Service, which will be used to send this interactive survey to sites. If the student has any ideas about how we can promote these new foods throughout the summer, this feedback is encouraged and welcomed. This project is ideal for students who are interested in nutrition education and/or marketing. The student will provide feedback to the staff dietitian and staff that develop the menu. The Fellow should start this project as early in the summer as possible in order to solicit feedback throughout the entire program.  

Project 4: Social Media: Promoting Summer Meals via Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

Description: Maintain Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts for NDS summer meals daily. Guidance will be provided and the student is encouraged to have ideas. The primary responsibilities will be to post engaging content of the summer meals program to Facebook and Instagram and to hold a social media contest to increase engagement with our Facebook page. One of our goals for this summer is to expand our reach to engage more site supervisors and parents; the student may consider creating a social media handout for sites to distribute. This project is ideal for someone who is interested in communications. Meal photographs and designs may be used for future brochures and marketing materials.  

Other Opportunities: 

Depending upon daily availability, each Fellow will have the opportunity to assist with coordinating the acquisition and distribution of value added and start-up materials, such as equipment (tables, chairs, tents, coolers), arts and crafts supplies, books, and sporting goods/physical activity supplies. We offer these items to sites on a first-come, first-served basis to help them with start-up and programming. Fellows will also have the opportunity to as assist with the annual Kindness Contest winner selection and prize distribution. Fellows will also rotate going to various community related events.  

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