Policy and Advocacy Intern

Policy and Advocacy Intern

Wholesome Wave

About Wholesome Wave

Wholesome Wave is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting small and midsize farms, and making fresh, healthy, locally grown fruits and vegetables available to all people, regardless of income.

Wholesome Wave partners with farm-to-retail venues, community leaders, healthcare providers, like-minded nonprofits and government entities to implement programs that benefit both consumers in underserved communities and the farmers who provide for them.

Currently, we run three programs: the Double Value Coupon Program, Fruit and Vegetable Prescription Program and Healthy Food Commerce Investments.

For more information, please visit www.wholesomewave.org

Our culture

Wholesome Wave may be small in size (currently 25 permanent staff members) but it’s not short on dream or vision. Balancing a need to be innovative, flexible and adaptable in the exciting fast changing food space, while retaining a clear vision, strategy and plan for sustainable change, Wavers (as staff are affectionately known) translate hard work into large scale impact.

At Wholesome Wave you’ll frequently hear the words “growth” and “opportunity” and you know they represent a real chance to direct America back to an equitable food system for all.

If you are serious about affecting real change in the food justice space, about being part of a unique organization that combines a grassroots approach with wide spread strategic impact, then Wholesome Wave is for you.

Come ready to share your knowledge, strengths and passions, to contribute to a dedicated and incredibly supportive staff and to start pushing the limits of innovation to make in a difference in a way no other organization really can.


Wholesome Wave is seeking an undergraduate, graduate student, or recent graduate, to intern in our policy division. The position will be brought on to support the policy team’s work on the 5th Annual National Partner Convening in Washington, D.C.

This internship provides exciting opportunities to network with federal officials and national non-profit leaders as well as gain hands-on experience with advocacy on Capitol Hill. The position will report to the Policy Associate and will support other departments as appropriate.

The selected candidate will work in areas of policy research, communications, direct and grassroots advocacy, and event management.

Internship Benefits

·       Opportunity to meet with members of Congress and their staff

·       Gain hands on experience with direct and grassroots advocacy

·       Help craft and influence our Annual Convening and network with high profile federal officials, chefs, and innovative non-profit leaders from across the U.S.

·       Ability to work directly with Wholesome Wave’s senior policy staff, including James Beard Award winner and former USDA Undersecretary of Agriculture Gus Schumacher

·       Chance to engage in real-world, practical application of policy development and research as applied to nonprofit and food justice sectors.

·       Establish professional connections through engaging with staff and online communications with partners.

·       Depending on individual skill and experience, the candidate will have the opportunity to shape the design of internship to advance personal and professional goals


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

·       Preparing communications materials for visits to Capitol Hill by WW staff and partners

·       Assisting in development of online and printed materials including email updates, newsletter articles, fact sheets, reports, and blog posts

·       Supporting policy team on logistics for Annual Convening and program partner visits to Capitol Hill

·       Literature reviews on timely industry research

·       Developing and editing PowerPoint presentations

·       Other event and administrative support


       Be an undergraduate, graduate student or recent graduate with education and experience in a combination of the following areas: federal health, food, and farm policy; policy analysis, qualitative and quantitative research, advocacy or lobbying, and event management.

       Interest in food policy, advocacy, and in learning about and supporting Wholesome Wave’s mission

       Knowledge of: Microsoft Office

                  Familiarity with basic HTML and/or Salsa and social media platforms a plus

       Strong interpersonal, oral, and written communications skills.

       Attention to detail and solid personal organizational skills

       Ability to manage time, balance multiple tasks, and meet deadlines.

       Ability to commit 10-15 hours per week or more beginning as soon as possible and continuing for a 12-week minimum (hours can be adjusted to align with schedule). Ability to attend Annual Convening in Washington, DC for four days in April 2014.

Compensation, Time and Classification

·       Compensation: Unpaid position, strongly encouraged for credit internships and will work with academic departments where possible

·       Start Date: January 3rd, 2014 (flexible)

·       Duration: January– May 2014

·       Location: 855 Main St., Bridgeport, CT 06604

·       Application Deadline: October 16th 2013

·       How to Apply: To apply, send cover letter and resume to policy@wholesomewave.org. Please include “Winter 2013 Internship” in the subject line.

 WHOLESOME WAVE is firmly committed to equal employment and advancement opportunities for all present employees as well as for applicants without regard to race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, marital status, age, lawful source of income, mental retardation, mental disability or physical disability, including, but not limited to, blindness or deafness, sexual orientation, genetic information, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

  Holly Ponder
Office Manager
Wholesome Wave
855 Main Street, Suite 910,
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Phone: (203) 226-1112
Bridgeport, Connecticut
Publicaton Date: 
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Wholesome Wave