Food Tank Research and Writing Fellowship

Duration: 4 months, 25 hours per week

Compensation: Paid, $15/hour

Applications due: Rolling

Start date: June 1

Location: Remote

Position Summary:

Research, Writing, and Event Fellowships with Food Tank are a unique and exciting opportunity to support and participate in research and advocacy that drives health, nutrition, and environmental policy. Most of Food Tank’s staff have been hired directly post the fellowship program and are now leading major areas of our ongoing work or are in prominent roles across the good food movement. With the mentorship and support of Food Tank staff including President Danielle Nierenberg, Research, Writing, and Event Fellows will hone their skills assisting in a wide variety of projects including:

  • Writing original articles for Food Tank and our major media partners
  • Interviewing food system leaders and experts
  • Developing Food Tank’s weekly newsletter
  • Research and content development to meet deliverables for grants/ projects with partner organizations
  • Collecting, organizing, and managing web content
  • Data entry and management
  • Coordinating with Food Tank’s working groups
  • Assisting with partner and member outreach
  • Event management and coordination for fireside chats, Food Tank Summits, events at major food conferences, and more
  • Building social media and emerging media presence and supporting our chart-topping podcast “Food Talk with Dani Nierenberg”
  • Conducting research, fact checking, and assisting with research for major events, speechwriting, and media outreach.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree reflecting interest and knowledge of food and agricultural issues and/or sustainable development or equivalent experience is a plus
  • Coursework or experience reflecting interest and knowledge of communications, media, social media, event planning, and website design
  • Work in media and communication fields is a plus
  • Excellent writing and communication skills, preferably experience reporting on issues for newspapers, journals, and other publications
  • Experience working in a remote position
  • Ability to self-manage
  • Ability to prioritize multiple assignments and deadlines in a fast-paced work environment
  • Attention to detail and creativity
  • Event management, marketing, and customer service skills is a plus
  • Proficiency with WordPress and Active Campaign is a plus
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Drive programs

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will contact only those persons selected for an interview.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples to Elena Seeley at elena@foodtank.com with “Food Tank Research andWriting Fellowship” in the subject line.


Food Tank Research, Event, Advocacy, and Writing Internship

Duration: 4 months, 15-20 hours per week

Compensation: Paid, $15/hour

Applications due: November 20 (Spring internship); March 20 (Summer internship); July 20 (Fall internship)

Start date: January 1 (Spring internship); May 1 (Summer internship); September 1 (Fall internship)

Location: Remote

Position Summary:

The Research, Event, Advocacy, and Writing Internship with Food Tank is a unique and exciting opportunity to support and participate in research that drives health, nutrition, and environmental policy. Interns will work closely with Food Tank staff on the following: contributing to articles individuals, organizations, and movements working to build a better food system; conducting original interviews with activists, researchers, chefs, business leaders, and more; collecting, organizing, and managing web content; organizing resources and contacts; assisting with the Food Talk podcast, contributing to the development of the weekly newsletter; planning and executing live events as well as attending major food conferences; and assisting in writing and outreach that will contribute to and help promote ongoing projects. Interns will also have the chance to have their name published on prominent food, nutrition, policy, and environmental websites around the world. Interns will also have the chance to hear directly from leading food writers and journalists.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Excellent research, writing, and communication skills, preferably experience reporting on issues for newspapers, journals, digital media, and other publications.
  • Demonstrated experience in and passion for food and agricultural issues – and for the importance of accurate information and analysis to guide environmental decision making.
  • Coursework reflecting interest and knowledge of communications, media, social media, and website design. Work in media and communications a plus.
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Skills in event management.
  • Ability to self-manage and multi-task.

Due to the volume of applications we receive, we will contact only those persons selected for an interview.

To apply, please send a resume, cover letter, and 2 writing samples to Elena Seeley at Elena@foodtank.com with “Food Tank Research and Communications Internship” in the subject line.

Please note in the body of your email which season you are applying for.


Freelance Writer

Location: Remote

Position Summary:

Food Tank is hiring freelance writers to contribute creative, high-quality, in-depth, and investigative articles and news stories. Professional writers with experience in food justice, food policy, nutrition, and sustainable agriculture are encouraged to join us. This is a unique and exciting opportunity to support and develop groundbreaking research driving health, nutrition, and environmental policy. This is a remote position, and international writers are encouraged to apply.

Payment is determined on a sliding scale pending on the length of article and depth of research.

If interested, please submit the following to Elena Seeley (elena@foodtank.com) with “Food Tank Freelance” in the subject line.

  1. Resume
  2. Three linked articles featured in reputable news sources.
  3. Three article pitches

Please provide detailed information in your article pitches, including bullet points on:

  • Why is this important and interesting to our readers?
  • How will you approach and investigate the topic – what is the point?
  • How is this relevant and timely? Ex: A couple lines including a link to a study, reliable source news article, etc.
  • Include potential sources: relevant reports, links, or articles that you will use as sources for the article.
  • Expert interview/opinions: please include idea/contact info for an interviewee(s).