Operations and Administration Internship

Internship Overview

The Edible Schoolyard Project (ESYP) is offering an unpaid internship to students or recent graduates wishing to gain experience in a mission-driven nonprofit work environment. The intern will support the Operations team for ESYP, assisting with a variety of activities related to our Edible Schoolyard Berkeley program and the internal functions of a nonprofit office. Responsibilities include day-to-day tasks and short-term projects.

About the Edible Schoolyard Project

ESYP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded by Alice Waters in 1996. ESYP works to transform the health and values of every student by building and sharing a food curriculum for the school system. Help us change the way we eat, one student at a time.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Field information requests and assist in interfacing with supporters and the public via phone and email
  • Ensure accurate and timely processing of donations, which includes entering data, photocopying, tailoring letters, making deposits, and troubleshooting as necessary
  • Draft and/or proofread various written materials such as business- and grant-related correspondence, internal memos, etc.
  • Help maintain our donor and partner database
  • Assist with events, mailings, and other projects
  • Manage order fulfillment and customer service for ESYP online publications store
  • Daily filing and office organization
  • Conduct short research assignments and projects
  • Miscellaneous errands


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, and a willingness to ask questions
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and deadlines in a fast-paced environment
  • Keen interest in the sustainable food movement
  • Creative and flexible mindset
  • Work well independently and collaboratively

Duration & Compensation

  • Unpaid internship; lunch provided
  • Minimum 3-month commitment; 3-4 days per week (18-25 hours)

Application Information

Please submit a cover letter and résumé to Krissa Nichols, Operations Manager, at jobs@edibleschoolyard.org, with "Operations Intern" in the subject line. Please include your days and hours of availability in the letter.

Application deadline: February 12, 2017

Preferred commitment: March 1-May 26, 2017

No phone inquiries, please.

The Edible Schoolyard Project believes that good food is a right, not a privilege. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage applicants from a diversity of backgrounds and from marginalized communities most impacted by an unjust food system.