Fall 2019/Spring 2020 High School Intern

FFAC - Bay Area

Are you interested in combating climate change?  Do you want to build professional skills to advocate for social justice?

The Factory Farming Awareness Coalition internship program is for San Francisco Bay Area high school students interested in educating the public about the impacts of our food choices. The dates for the program are September 29, 2019 through May 17, 2020. Through administrative work, mentorship and hands-on experiences, interns gain valuable tools to become compassionate leaders.

Responsibilities

Students who are selected will be trained to:

  • Give presentations regarding the public health, social justice and environmental impacts of animal agriculture

  • Prepare plant-based foods for community events and intern days

  • Promote Green Mondays 

  • Table/Leaflet to raise awareness about factory farming

  • Plan fundraising events

  • Write a letter to the editor of a local newspaper for publication

Group Activities

For interns selected, FFAC will be hosting a series of group activities for personal and professional development over the course of the school year. These include:

  • Monthly Professional Development (PD) days

  • Resume workshops

  • Weekly book club meetings

  • Plant-based food demos

  • Film screenings and discussions

  • Field trips to local businesses, nature preserves, and animal sanctuaries

Book Club

In addition to internship responsibilities, interns will be expected to prepare for and attend a 1 hour Sunday book club meeting every other week via Google Hangouts (Google Meet if using phone), at 5 pm PST. Assignments are due by 4 pm PST on Sunday night.

Professional Development Days

Interns are also expected to attend a minimum of 8 all-day professional development events at the FFAC office in Oakland over the course of 9 months. These events are held on Sundays from 10 am to 4 pm from September 29th through May 17th. A plant-based lunch is provided.  

PD Day 1: September 29th 

PD Day 2: October 20th

PD Day 3: November 17th

PD Day 4: December 8th

PD Day 5: January 12th

PD Day 6: February 23rd

PD Day 7: March 29th

PD Day 8: April 26th

PD Day 9: May 17th

Work/Shadow Days

Interns are also expected to work/shadow at the office at least 8 times (ideally a minimum of 1 day per month) during open office hours. These events take place at our Oakland location and also wherever we have an opportunity to table, give a presentation, network, etc. We share a Google Calendar with all interns so that they can choose which days to attend. Intern choices may also be based on which work projects they are collaborating on. All interns are required to table, leaflet, and present at least once.      

  1. Green Monday: Working on passing legislation and canvassing in Berkeley. Green Monday will meet monthly via hangouts, with additional meeting times for canvassing. 

  2. Social Media: Facebook and Instagram. Social Media will meet over monthly calls

  3. Admin: Improving presentations and follow-up, overseeing different programs, photography, budget, collecting names for sustainability managers at different companies, transferring slides to Google Slides, creating more interactive tabling. The Admin Subcommittee will meet the same days as book club. Admin members will meet together and call into book club.

  4. Cooking: Preparing food plans for demos following lectures and cooking food for PD days. Cooking will meet the Saturday before PD day.

  5. Events: Planning Teacher Appreciation, Veggie Grill fundraiser, and other upcoming events. Events will meet via Google Hangouts at least once a month. Events will attend and organize FFAC events. 

Interns can be on as many subcommittees as they would like.      

THE Changemaker Project

During the school year, all interns will be participating in the Changemaker Project curriculum through the Teachable platform. There are five sections related specifically to factory farming (Animal Abuse and Exploitation, Intersectionality of Animal Rights and Social Justice, Plant-Based Diets and Human Health, Business and Marketing of the Food Industry, and Environmental Impact of Animal Agriculture). Each section contains about five short lessons. At the end of the curriculum, interns will be working in teams of 4-5 to design a project to address these issues and will be pitching these ideas to receive funding for their projects. Further information will be discussed in the interview. 

Skills Required

  • Excellent communication skills — verbal and written. Interns should reply to all correspondence within 24 hours on weekdays, actively respond to emails, utilize the Slack channel and join the Facebook group.

  • Ability to balance commitments

  • Strong organizational skills. All events are stored in Google Calendar.

  • Attention to detail

  • Positive attitude

  • Creative and critical thinking

  • Perseverance

  • Punctuality

*Successful high school interns will be awarded Certificates of Completion and are eligible for awards, a small transportation stipend, and letters of reference at the end of the school year.