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Organization: Division of Chronic Disease Prevention, Philadelphia Department of Public Health
Posted: 2/23/2018
Type: Internship
Number of Openings: 1
Location: Philadelphia,     
Position Description: GENERAL POSITION DESCRIPTION This is a 12-week, 20 hour per week (duration and work hours are flexible) paid internship to investigate and report on strategies to improve good food procurement, food production, and food service in the City of Philadelphia. Once oriented to the City’s procurement and food service practices, the intern will research alternative food production (e.g. centralized commissary), service, and delivery models and provide comparisons based on the extent to which alternatives achieve improvements in food preparation (e.g. reduced sodium, increased whole grains), cost-savings, food quality, sustainability, opportunity for living wage employment and job training, and food waste reduction. The intern will present these findings internally and assist in producing a high-quality report illustrating findings and recommendations.

SPECIFIC ACTIVITIES The Good Food Intern will accomplish the following: - Develop a comprehensive understanding of the ways the City of Philadelphia contracts for food and food service and the types of food service operations that exist across departments. - Interview individuals connected to food procurement, preparation, and provision, as well as consumers of that food to ascertain strengths and weaknesses of the current model. - Research alternative models of food service by looking to other municipalities, school districts, non- profit organizations, and for-profit companies. - Interview individuals responsible for the creation or management of the most viable or innovative alternative models to learn about the process of launching the model as well as its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. - Analyze the costs related to building, launching, and operating alternative models designed to meet the needs of City departments. - Contribute to the development of a well- designed, high-level report of findings, highlighting promising opportunities to improve over the current food service models in the City of Philadelphia.

Qualifications: REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS - Currently hold a degree in or pursuing a degree in government, public policy, city planning, public health, or a related field. Those preparing to graduate from an undergraduate program in 2018 or currently enrolled in a Master’s program are particularly encouraged to apply. - Possess an understanding of food, food systems, and food distribution mechanisms - Strong quantitative and qualitative research skills - Superb oral and written communication skills, including impeccable phone and email etiquette - Understanding and deep appreciation for the opportunity to improve lives through innovation in city government - Strong work ethic, insatiable curiosity, and a drive to ‘get it done’

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS - Food service experience - Proficiency in document design, including use of InDesign or similar software

Organization Description: BACKGROUND This internship is sponsored by Get Healthy Philly, an initiative that aims to reduce chronic diseases related to smoking, unhealthy eating and lack of physical activity. Get Healthy Philly works to implement the City of Philadelphia Nutrition Standards across the 10+ departments that purchase, serve, sell, or otherwise provide food to clients, patients, employees, and the general public. The Philadelphia Nutrition Standards [“the Standards”] are authorized be Executive Order 04-14. The aim of the Standards is to improve the health of Philadelphians, including nutritionally vulnerable populations such as youth and seniors; reduce the economic burden of health care costs associated with heart disease, stroke, and heart and kidney failure; and to serve as a model for other large institutions employers and programs.

The City of Philadelphia serves approximately 14.5 million meals annually across seven departments to over 128,000 individuals. The meals are provided for through a variety of contracting mechanisms, and are produced in either one of 28 different kitchens or through contracts with one of 3 different prepared meals services. This complexity has implications on cost, meal quality, and the quality of jobs supplying these meals.

Mayor James Kenney established a Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet to drive his goal for Philadelphia to become a ‘zero waste city’ by 2035. Approximately 400,000 tons of the City’s waste annually is organic waste like food scraps and yard waste, and packaging related to food distribution and food service add significantly to that tonnage. Though the waste contributed by City departments may be a small fraction, there is an opportunity for City departments to model behavior and strategies for reducing food and packaging waste.

To address these overlapping concerns, Get Healthy Philly seeks to investigate opportunities to streamline food production for City departments in order to achieve (1) implementation of the Standards, (2) cost reductions while improving food quality and sustainability, (3) opportunities for job training and living wage jobs in food service, and (4) food waste reduction through innovative strategies and materials.

Closing Date: 5/23/2018
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Philadelphia   PA  
United States
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  United States
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How to Apply: REQUIRED CLEARANCES Background check

QUALIFIED APPLICANTS If you are interested in applying for this internship, please send a resume and cover letter to Molly Riordan at The position start date is flexible, approximately June 1, 2018. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

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