Meal Exchange is seeking a summer student to assist our small and passionate team in the coordination and fundraising efforts of our various national campaigns that focus on working with youth to develop solutions that achieve sustainable and just food systems. This is an opportunity to thrive in a fast-paced and rewarding environment where you will gain valuable experience in coordinating and administering high profile national campaigns that involve multiple stakeholders and donors.
Specifically, the Program Intern will focus on tasks related to the planning and execution of our two annual summer events. These are the National Student Food Summit, and Meal Exchange’s Summit BBQ. Now entering its 11th year, the National Student Food Summit is a 3-day conference bringing together 100 post-secondary students from across Canada to network, develop leadership skills and find solutions for improving their food system, from August 15-17.
Meal Exchange’s Summit BBQ is an afternoon celebration of local food and the power of food to build community, and will celebrate Meal Exchange volunteers, alumni, and supporters. Set on August 17th during the National Student Food Summit.
The Program Intern will:
- Assist with program fundraising and partnership relations for the National Student Food Summit, and Meal Exchange’s other summer programs
- Assist with event logistics and planning
- Coordinating print and digital mail merges and similar mass-communication efforts
- Assist with general Meal Exchange outreach and recruitment efforts
- Greeting visitors and general office duties, such as the photocopying, faxing and scanning/emailing of documents
- Other administrative duties as they are assigned
- An interest in fundraising, with prior fundraising experience an asset
- Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills
- Exceptional computer skills, with proficiency in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and ease in using the Internet
- Excellent phone and greeting skills
- Proven ability to take initiative and engage in active learning
- Excellent attention to detail and ability to multitask
- Experience working in an office environment an asset
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
- Knowledge of food security and food systems issues is an asset
- Experience with social media an asset
The successful candidate will be working as part of a five-person full-time team in our downtown Toronto offices. Meal Exchange is a professional but informal environment which is fast-paced and continually changing as the organization grows.
The intended hours for this position are at 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday. Actual hours are subject to approval of funding and are subject to change prior to the start date
This position is funded through Canada Summer Jobs. Successful applicants must be full-time students between the ages of 15 and 30, and returning to their studies in the fall. In addition, the Event Coordinator must be available to attend all events.
Position start date is approximately May 1st. The position is full-time through until August 30th.
Please submit your application (resume and cover letter) via this form by Monday, April 7th at 5:00pm. In your cover letter, please include the answers to the following questions:
- What excites you about working in the nonprofit sector?
- What skills do you think are essential in working with undergraduate student communities?
- What interests you the most about food system issues?
Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.