Food law and policy is an innovative and emerging field in which to study and practice law. As a result, there are numerous opportunities in government, non-profit organizations, and private law firms where interested individuals can experience food law and policy in action. There are also a growing number of university, internship, and fellowship programs that offer opportunities to experience food policy in every area relating to food–from international non-profits that address food security to universities that offer courses studying the anthropology of food.
If you are a law student, emerging young professional, or simply want to learn more about what food policy entails, use these resources from across the nation (and world) to help you find your next job, volunteer position, or internship in the world of food policy. Sign up to be on our mailing list for Career Email Blasts. Click Here to join.
For a general introduction to the range of career opportunities within food law and policy, check out the Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic Career Guide
Current Food Law and Policy Career Opportunities:
Current Opportunities as of January 9, 2019:
Food Law Associate
Keller and Heckman LLP, an international law firm, with an established administrative law practice has an immediate need for an associate with 1-3 years of experience to work in their Washington, D.C. Office on food, food additive, and other FDA and USDA regulatory matters. Work will include advising clients on food safety and food labeling matters and assisting clients with establishing an appropriate regulatory status for various ingredients. In addition to FDA and USDA experience, experience with Agency rulemaking proceedings and familiarity with matters involving other federal agencies such as CBP, FTC or TTB are desirable. Strong academic credentials; excellent analytical, writing, and interpersonal skills; a sincere interest in food law; and the ability to assume immediate responsibility are required. The Firm places a high emphasis on teamwork and collaboration with colleagues.
We offer an excellent benefit package, bonus plan, and salary commensurate with experience.
Send resume, cover letter, transcript, and writing sample to Jennifer Ireland, Human Resources and Recruitment Manager, Keller and Heckman LLP, 1001 G Street, NW, Suite 500 West, Washington, D.C. 20001 or to email@example.com. E.O.E.
INTERNSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AT CAFS
We are now accepting applications for multiple positions at CAFS in 2020.
Food and Agriculture LLM Fellowship
The Food Movement grows here. Join us in Vermont, one of the most innovative and progressive states in the nation for food and agricultural law and policy. The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School invites applications for a two-year Food and Agriculture Fellowship beginning in August 2020. The Fellowship includes a tuition waiver and a stipend; visit Admissions for more details and application instructions.
Summer Honors Internship
The Center for Agriculture and Food Systems at Vermont Law School is currently seeking law students for our summer honors intern program from June 1 to August 9, 2020. Interns will receive a $5,000 stipend to work full-time in CAFS.
Interns may work on projects related to farmland access; food labeling and regulation of novel food products; development of a national food policy in the United States; legal barriers facing food hubs; legal resources for farmers markets; food safety regulations for produce farms; food and agriculture communications; food system equity; and biodiversity and agriculture. Tasks are dependent on project needs and may include legal research, drafting of law and policy documents, conducting original research in the form of interviews and surveys, drafting case studies, and providing general support.
Vermont Law School’s Summer Session draws visiting faculty and lecturers from around the country and the world. Interns will have the opportunity to meet these scholars in small groups, as well as attend the summer lecture series.
A background in food and agriculture law and policy, public health policy, environmental law and policy, and/or land use policy is preferred; interest in different types of research is required. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Excel, and Word) is required for the position; other skills (video editing, photography, graphic design) are a bonus.
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, academic writing sample of no more than 5 pages, and unofficial academic transcript to Claire Child at firstname.lastname@example.org, using the subject line “CAFS summer honors internship application.”
The application deadline is January 20, 2020, however, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible since applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.
Executive Director – (Application Review Begins on 1/6/2020)
SRAP educates the public about the negative impacts of factory farms, while working directly with those communities most affected by them. Through education, advocacy, and community organizing, SRAP works alongside citizens to protect their public health, environmental quality, natural resources, and local economies from the damaging impacts of factory farms. It is a one-of-a-kind organization, consisting of a team of leading experts located across the country who focus on this issue. While the organization works nationally, it does so primarily at the local level. A majority of its staff work remotely, yet the organization has a close-knit culture, as most of the senior staff have worked together for decades. SRAP’s field representatives are largely farmers and ranchers who have first-hand experience facing factory farms in their communities or who have successfully transitioned out of the factory-farm model.
Job responsibilities: The Executive Director oversees all aspects of the organization, ensuring that it meets best management practices for 501(c)(3) organizations. S/he is primarily responsible for internal operations of the organization, including managing and tracking the budget. Working with the Board of Directors, the Executive Director is responsible for developing relationships with major donors, fundraising, and maintaining fiscal responsibility and stability for the organization. The Executive Director is expected to manage SRAP’s public image and is responsible for developing and implementing an organizational communications plan. In consultation with the Board and in collaboration with the Director of Field Operations, the Executive Director has overall responsibility for developing and implementing SRAP’s strategic plan and for regularly tracking and monitoring its proper implementation. The Executive Director is expected to continue a culture of transparency and open communication throughout the organization. S/he works closely with the Director of Field Operations to maintain a cohesive team to ensure that SRAP achieves its strategic objectives. The Executive Director oversees human resource management and, in consultation with the Director of Field Operations, is responsible for recommending personnel decisions, including conditions and terms of hiring, termination, and separation, to the Board of Directors for approval.Desired skills, professional qualifications, and background experience:
- Bachelor’s degree, master’s or higher preferred
- Minimum two years previous experience and proven success in a leadership role or management position
- Familiarity with and prior experience working on factory farm issues
- Familiarity with sustainable, socially responsible alternatives to factory farms
- Demonstrated ability to develop and implement successful strategic plans
- In-depth knowledge of best management practices for nonprofit governance
- Understanding of financial strategies and finance-related performance metrics
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Effective relationship-building skills and a proven record in creating partnerships
- Fundraising experience and donor-relation expertise
- A strong work ethic and a high degree of energy, creativity, and moral standards
Applying: Resumes with cover letters should be sent to SRAP Board President, Nancy Utesch, at email@example.com. Reviews of applications will begin January 6. All communications will be treated confidentially.
Agriculture Policy Analyst – Washington D.C. (Open 12/16/2019 to 1/15/2020)
The Resources, Science and Industry Division is seeking an Analyst in Agriculture Policy. The analyst will cover agriculture policy with a focus on domestic agricultural policies and markets with an emphasis on crop insurance and/or farm income support programs. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the history, trends, economics, and current status of domestic agricultural policies and markets and demonstrate ability to develop expertise in new areas.
This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and familiar with issues related to domestic agriculture policies and markets with an emphasis on crop insurance and/or farm income support programs. Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required. The analyst will provide objective, expert policy analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff, including preparing objective, authoritative, non-partisan, and innovative analytical studies on policy issues of national or international significance; providing personal assistance as a national expert on public policy issues throughout the legislative process, including analyzing and evaluating legislative proposals; and planning and leading multi-disciplinary team research projects and seminars.
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Fellowship – New York City, NY (1/31/2020)
The Ralph C. Menapace Fellowship, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society of New York (MAS), gives recent law school graduates an opportunity to acquire first-hand experience in the legislative process, litigation, and advocacy before New York’s regulatory bodies. It provides the intensive learning experience of a judicial clerkship with a greater opportunity for independent, creative work in finding solutions to new and persistent problems in urban life.
The Menapace Fellow will be involved in litigation, legislative work, and the preparation and delivery of testimony in proceedings before state and federal administrative bodies, as well as the City Planning Commission (CPC), Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC), Board of Standards & Appeals (BSA), and the City Council. The Fellow will also serve as in-house counsel, assisting in corporate and non-profit lawmatters for MAS.
The Fellow’s term, to commence in September 2020, will run for a mandatory two-year period. The Fellowship is a salaried position, commensurate with a judicial clerkship, and offers standard MAS benefits. The Fellow will work under the supervision of the Vice President for Policy and Programs in the MAS office at 488 Madison Avenue in Manhattan. Interested candidates should email a cover letter indicating the basis of their interest, resume, legal writing sample (no longer than ten pages), and transcript by January 31, 2020 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Interviews will be conducted the week of March 23, 2020.
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Salvation Farms’ Director of Operations is responsible for managing and improving the efficiency of the organization’s internal operations. Duties include managing administrative staff, guiding administrative operations, analyzing financial data, building and monitoring budgets, improving informational systems, overseeing human resource requirements, and developing operating procedures and policies. This position will support Salvation Farms in becoming more professionalized and sustainable through harmonizing business operations, improving employee performance, and building a thriving organizational culture. The Director of Operations will be a key participant in Salvation Farms’ leadership team and the work of this team. Direct reports include a full-time, hourly Community Relations Coordinator and part-time Bookkeeper.
To apply, send cover letter and resume to email@example.com
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CLIF BAR & COMPANY
Legal Jurisdiction Doctorate Intern – Emeryville, CA
The LEGAL TEAM is looking for a Legal Intern to participate in the day-to-day work experiences of in-house attorneys at a food manufacturing company. We have five lawyers with a variety of legal backgrounds who will provide mentorship as well as professional and personal development assistance.
- Provide assistance to the Legal Team, gaining valuable knowledge about Law, and in-house legal practice
- Contracts assistance (Sustaining our Brand & People)
- General legal research and writing (Sustaining our Business)
- Exposures to litigation and claims/cost recovery (Sustaining our Business
- Have completed at least one year of a Juris Doctor program and are returning to school in the Fall 2020
- Are a genuine Clif Bar & Company ambassador, who exemplifies the Clif Bar Ingredients in all candidate communications and interactions;
- Have had experience or exposure to legal research and writing skills
- Have a passion and basic understanding for law and learning new areas of law in the CPG space
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Summer Legal Intern The Chick-fil-A Summer Internship Program offers students 10 weeks of meaningful work experience within functional departments, plus exposure to corporate culture, diverse learning opportunities, and cross-functional project work. The 2020 program will employ approximately 75 students across the company. Interns will have the opportunity to actively learn through real-world projects derived from our real-time business needs. In addition to departmental project time, interns experience learning sessions with company executives, participate in cross-functional teams concluding in group presentations, and experience off-campus travel to discover corporate history and culture. All Chick-fil-A internships are based in our Atlanta Support Center.
- Work with the Legal Department team on a wide variety of legal matters and disciplines including, but not limited to: Litigation/Pre-Litigation; Labor & Employment; Contracts; Real Estate Acquisition and Development; Leasing; Regulatory Issues; Franchising; Marketing; Intellectual Property; Licensing; and Non-Profit related matters.
- Work with in-house lawyers to solve problems, assess risks and devise strategies, and then communicate the same internally.
- Work with in-house lawyers to communicate with and manage outside legal counsel. Draft documents and conduct research related to several legal disciplines.
- Attend meetings with business contacts pertaining to legal and business issues arising from all areas of the Chick-fil-A business, including, but not limited to, Marketing, Information Technology, Human Resources, Real Estate, Design & Construction and Purchasing. Potentially attend outside seminars and other business-related events, including events coordinated through the Chick-fil-A Summer Internship Program.
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CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST
Public Interest Internship Program – Washington D.C. (Rolling)
CSPI focuses primarily on food and health issues, exposing and addressing deceptive marketing practices, risky food additives and contaminants, and industry practices that make it hard for people to eat well. CSPI is looking for interns in its Litigation Department and Policy Department,
Application materials should include the following:
Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org (this is the preferred method). Please specify the name of the internship to which you are applying in the subject line. For more information on the program: https://cspinet.org/job/public-interest-internship-program
If you know of an internship or career opportunity in food law and policy, please let us know by sending an e-mail to email@example.com.