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 September 16, 2020:
Sustainable Economies Law Center is looking to add 1-2 new members to their team! They are looking for full-time (30 hours per week) core staff members to help bolster legal capacity across a number of program areas.
The specific subject areas of the legal work can adapt and evolve over time based on organizational need and your interests. At the moment, their major focus is serving the transactional legal needs of clients in the sectors of community-owned renewable energy, food sovereignty, permanently affordable housing, worker cooperatives, and community ownership of farmland. They are looking for an attorney(s) with deep experience in some or all of the following legal skills:
- Nonprofit, small business, and/or cooperative entity formation
- Cooperative conversions (aka mergers and acquisitions, business restructuring and reorganization, etc.)
- Real estate acquisition and financing
- Small business finance
- Employment law
- Land use regulations
Applications are due by September 20, 2020. Please click here to view the position description and a link to the application form.
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
Volunteer Research Opportunity
Farm Commons is searching for law student volunteers for a research opportunity!
Farm Commons, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports farmers across the country by developing educational programs and resources about legal issues that affect farm businesses. Selected volunteers will assist in creating effective educational resources on farm business law for attorneys and other interested agricultural professionals. The volunteer program will incidentally increase awareness of Farm Commons within the legal community, beyond the farming and food system community. Knowledge of farm law is not a prerequisite for these positions. To achieve the program goals, volunteers will do the following:
- Conduct research on core subject areas of farm law for one state (or more if you wish). Farm Commons’ core curriculum covers the following topics, with 2-4 questions per topic asked:
- Business structures;
- Land matters;
- Food safety; and
- Agritourism and value-added products.
To effectively carry out this task and meet our goal, volunteers should have the following qualities:
- Excellent writing ability
- Strong research skills; advanced legal research coursework, law journal, or
- work experience is preferred.
- Highly goal oriented: articulates goals, monitors progress towards reaching
- them, and adapts strategies to ensure goals are met.
- Very self-disciplined and able to work from home.
- Careful attention to detail.
- Must be flexible and able to adapt to changing circumstances.
Part-time volunteer positions are unpaid, but come with a $50 honorarium gift card (ex. Amazon) upon completion. We ask that part-time volunteers commit to completing at least one memoranda (approximately 15-20 hours of work). These positions will begin on a rolling basis as volunteers are selected. Volunteers’ exact work schedule is flexible, though daytime hours will be necessary to effectively communicate with the Volunteer Coordinator.
To apply, candidates must submit a single pdf file containing a letter of intent and your current resume. Please send the single pdf file to firstname.lastname@example.org and include “law student volunteer application” in the subject line. The application deadline is September 30th, 2020
Center for Science in the Public Interest Internship Program
(Washington, DC ; Rolling)
CSPI offers internships for a small number of qualified students in undergraduate, graduate, law, and medical schools each summer and during the school year. We also consider post graduates. Applications are considered on a rolling basis until all positions have been filled.
Our 10-week internships are unpaid, and can be full-time or part-time. The specific dates of an internship are flexible and depend on our needs and the applicant’s schedule. CSPI offers a collegial work environment and flexible schedule to accommodate your academic responsibilities.
If your school offers academic credit for internships, we will work with you to meet your school’s requirements. We will also reimburse you up to $5/day for commuting expenses.
Application materials should include the following:
- A cover letter indicating issues of interest, future plans, and dates of availability.
- A résumé.
- Writing sample, if required by the specific project (one to three-page document that demonstrates your ability to write in a clear and concise manner).
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.