Host a Zero Hunger Intern

We partner with policy organizations who share our commitment to ending hunger and developing young leaders. The match between interns and host organizations is designed to be mutually beneficial: Zero Hunger Interns complete 10 week work plans that you design to expand your capacity, as you provide the intern coaching and mentorship. Interns are highly motivated young people who have a demonstrated commitment to ending hunger and can start contributing to your team on day one.

Recruiting Top Talent

The Hunger Center leverages our networks and resources to run a highly competitive recruitment process for the Zero Hunger Interns. In 2019, we received over 400 applications for 12 positions. We focus our recruitment on demographic groups and geographic areas that disproportionately experience hunger, including people of color, first generation college students, and people from the American South.

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Hosting a Zero Hunger Intern was a great experience and I would absolutely love to do it again. Our intern was smart, capable, and nimble - all qualities that made her an excellent fit for the ever-changing work of federal policy. If only we could have had her longer! Congressional Hunger Center did an excellent job in our case placing the intern and supporting us throughout the process. We're excited to work with this program again and look forward to the new round of interns. Chloe Marshall, Policy Specialist, National Farm to School Network


Adding Capacity

Zero Hunger Interns are highly motivated individuals with a desire to learn and a commitment to ending domestic and global food insecurity. Zero Hunger Interns are paid interns who add capacity to your organization for 10 weeks. They are matched to an organization through a competitive process based on the skills that your organization’s workplan requires. We aim for each placement to be mutually beneficial, in which interns gain experience and expertise while the host organization benefits from the intern’s skills and hard work. Intern work plans focus on program implementation, policy, advocacy, research, development and fundraising, or communications.

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The Zero Hunger Internship through the Hunger Center gave us capacity we wouldn't have had. The top-notch student brought in through the program was able to hit the ground running and added value to our team immediately. That's a testament to the Hunger Center team recruiting these students and the stellar job they did in aligning the skills and needs of student and host organization. We're excited for next summer already. Chase Sova, Senior Director of Public Policy and Research, World Food Program USA

Training and Mentorship

The Hunger Center provides Zero Hunger Interns with coaching and mentorship support throughout the internship, and quality anti-hunger and leadership training through our Summer Seminar Series.

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The Zero Hunger Internship expanded our team’s capacity during the months our fantastic intern was with us over the summer, while also providing a phenomenal opportunity for our intern to learn more about anti-hunger and anti-poverty issues through her placement at our organization as well as the Summer Seminar series for their interns. We valued the work that our intern contributed to our team and organization and would highly recommend the program for other organizations who are interested! Lauren Badger, Senior Government Relations Associate, Food Research & Action Center

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Ready to Host a Zero Hunger Intern This Summer?

Deadline Extended! New deadline: February 15, 2023.

We are now accepting applications to host the summer 2023 class of Zero Hunger Interns in November 2022. All applications will be due by February 15, 2023.

Begin your application by reading our guide for prospective host organizations to learn more about the benefits and requirements of hosting a Zero Hunger Intern, application timeline, and more.

Once you're ready, submit your application through the form below. Please note that this application form will not save your work prior to submission. We recommend that you compile your responses elsewhere (including the required expression of interest document, linked in the form) and complete the application form in one sitting.