JOB TITLE: Data and Research Intern

POSTED: February 2020

REPORTS TO:  Assessment and Analytics Manager

Organizational Summary:

The Center for Good Food Purchasing uses the power of procurement and partnerships to create a transparent and equitable food system that prioritizes the health and well-being of people, animals, and the environment. We do this through the nationally-networked adoption and implementation of the Good Food Purchasing Program by major institutions.

The Center, along with its national and local partners, has enrolled 43 institutions in 18 major US cities, with a collective annual food spend of almost $1 billion. These institutions and cities are committed to directing their purchasing power toward the five Program values: local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition, and to measuring food purchasing practices through a metric-driven framework that encourages improvement over time.

Our approach to food system change emphasizes the use of data to verify commitments that participating institutions make to the five value categories of the Good Food Purchasing Program (local economies, environmental sustainability, valued workforce, animal welfare, and nutrition), and to quantify impacts in terms of improvements to diets and health, producer and food chain worker livelihoods, farm animal treatment, and the environment.

The Data and Research intern supports the Assessment & Analytics team on a range of data management projects, involving data normalization, research, and analysis.

Essential Functions:

Data management and assessments are foundational to our work. The Data and Research Intern will:

  • Collect and clean line item purchasing data from
  • Curate and clean the supplier and food purchases databases.
  • Conduct supply chain research on suppliers for Good Food Purchasing Program participants as they pertain to the five
  • On an as-needed basis, analyze level of Good Food Purchasing Program compliance using prepared data and producing professional reports and data

Required Qualifications

The Center for Good Food Purchasing seeks highly motivated and organized individuals with a passion for food policy and food justice. Students with a strong interest in and/or understanding of how large-scale food procurement can drive increased equity and improved conditions along the food supply chain will find this opportunity particularly rewarding.

Required qualifications include:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Detail-oriented with strong appreciation for the ways in which high quality data and analysis can be a powerful tool for policy change
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Excel
  • Commitment to social, environmental, and economic justice (commonly referred to as food justice)
  • Team player who can work diplomatically with a variety of stakeholders
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to work with a remote team, including regular access to phone, internet, and video conferencing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Policy/advocacy experience
  • Graduate-level students in master’s programs are preferred, though undergraduates with excellent applications will be considered

Time Commitment

  • 20 hours/week
  • 12 weeks, or agreed-upon timeline
  • While all interns will have a regular work schedule, there may be some flexibility depending on your work or school schedule and the nature of the project.


  • $16/hour

How to Apply

Interested applicants should email the following materials to by March 6, 2020:

  • Cover letter indicating your goals and interests, relevant experience and skills, and why you want to intern at the Center
  • Resume
  • Short writing sample (2-5 pages)
  • Contact information for two references

We will follow up with highly qualified candidates to schedule an interview.

The Center for Good Food Purchasing (fiscally sponsored by Community Partners®) is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. We strongly encourage​ and seek applications from people of color, including bilingual and bicultural individuals, as well as women, and members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities. In addition, the organization will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.

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