Build your experience and expertise in cutting-edge food law and policy issues.
Food Law & Policy Clinic Summer Internship Program
Summer interns in the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) have the unique opportunity to engage in action-based learning to gain a deeper understanding of the complex challenges facing our current food system. Interns get hands-on experience conducting legal and policy research for individuals, community groups, and government agencies on a wide range of food law and policy issues. Interns are also challenged to develop creative legal and policy solutions to pressing food issues, applying their knowledge from the law school classroom to real-world situations.
Dates for the 2022 Summer Interns Program are Tuesday, May 31st to Friday, August 5th for 40 hours per week. Interns are expected to commit to all 10 weeks of the program.
The summer internship program takes place in-person at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, located at 1607 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, Massachusetts on the Harvard Law School campus.
Summer interns will be eligible for a financial stipend of up to $4,000 from the FLPC, should they be unable to secure funding from other sources. *Details regarding funding will follow upon acceptance to the internship.
* Summer interns are expected to seek summer funding through their institutions, the Equal Justice America (EJA), and other opportunities, such as Public Service Jobs Directory (PSJD) Fellowships, American Bar Association (ABA), and other Bar Associations. FLPC will provide accepted applicants with any documentation necessary for applying to such funding opportunities. Accepted applicants who can demonstrate proof of having sought other funding but are not granted that financial support will be eligible to receive a financial stipend of up to $4,000. For those who obtain partial support, FLPC will provide the difference between the standard $4,000 stipend and the partial support secured.
An Ideal Candidate Will Be…
- Pursuing a JD or LLM (preferred) or a related graduate or undergraduate degree (e.g., Pre-law, MPH, MPP);
- Passionate about food system issues and food justice, though prior experience is not required;
- Self-motivated and timely, with the ability to problem-solve and conduct detailed legal research;
- An outstanding verbal and written communicator; and
- Able to work in-person in Cambridge, MA, for the duration of the internship (10-weeks).
Information about the Food Law and Policy Clinic
FLPC serves partner organizations and communities by providing guidance on cutting-edge food system legal and policy issues, while engaging law students in the practice of food law and policy. FLPC focuses on increasing access to healthy foods; supporting sustainable and equitable food production and food systems; reducing waste of healthy, wholesome food; and promoting community-led food system change.
FLPC currently focuses its work on the following four priority initiatives:
- Community-Led Food System Change
- Food Access and Nutrition
- Food Waste and Food Recovery
- Sustainable and Equitable Food Production
Examples of project areas include: providing policy guidance and advocacy trainings to state and local food policy councils; assessing how agricultural legislation could increase economic opportunities for local and sustainable producers and address systemic discrimination in the agricultural sector; recommending policies to increase access to healthy food and reduce sugar consumption at the local and state level; identifying and breaking down legal barriers inhibiting small-scale and sustainable food production; drafting state and federal legislation to reduce the amount of wasted food; recommending strategies for reducing global food loss and waste through stronger food donation laws; drafting model legislation to promote better wages for restaurant workers; and identifying policy opportunities to support dignity and equity for food system workers.
FLPC interns have the opportunity to practice valuable skills, including legal research and writing, drafting legislation and regulations, commenting on agency actions, public speaking and trainings, and community organizing, among others. Interns may have the opportunity to travel to meet with clients.
At FLPC, we are committed to the work of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within our organization and in the world. Good policymaking depends upon bringing many different perspectives to the table, which we aim to do through our hiring practices and through the selection of clients and community partners we serve and with whom we engage in our outreach.
As a human-centered organization, we are committed to working with and for people of every race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socio-economic status, physical ability or attribute, religion, national origin, or political belief. We recognize that this commitment requires ongoing work and sustained attention, as well as adaptation to new insights and best practices.
How to Apply
Our application cycle for the 2022 Summer Internship Program is now closed. Please check back periodically for updates on the 2023 Summer Internship Program.
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