Basic Needs
Together We Will End Hunger, Malnourishment, and Homelessness

Basic Needs Security Field Study Units

Basic Needs Security Field Study Units

The Fall 2017 Basic Needs internship application is now Closed. Look out for updates for spring 2018 applications! Thank you for your interest in helping to alleviate hunger, malnourishment, and homelessness on campus.


The Basic Needs Security Team have exciting projects every year that require passionate and committed interns and volunteers to maximize their success. For those interested in the unit-earning internship, the unit count determines time requirement:

  • (1) Unit = 45 Hours
  • (2) Units = 90 Hours  

If you are interested, please review our application specifics & coordinator descriptions to inform your team selection! All interns will also volunteer at the UCB Food Pantry in addition to their allocated responsibilities.

Working with the food pantry has been an insightful experience because it not only allowed me to build connections on campus but with the community as well. As a funds and resources intern, I learned a lot of skills including but not limited to: grant writing, public speaking, marketing, networking, and skills that I’ll be able to use even beyond my time with the Food Pantry.
— Wafiqah Shah

  • Finances/Accounting, Sally liang Coordinator:

    • Interns will be conducting reimbursement, fundraising, and assisting in BNS's fall events. More importantly, interns will analyzing, evaluating and assessing our BNS funds and communicate with the business manager. Interests and/or experience in creating visuals of the budget will be a bonus! In spring, they will assist in a financial template project that helps students understand their financial awards or to maximize their work study.

      Skills needed:
      - Experience in budget analysis
      - Preference for economics, statistics, business, or applied math major/intended
      - Ability to multitask
      - Proficiency in Excel
      - Passion for accounting


  • Community programs, sara tsai coordinator: 

    • Interns will be responsible for community outreach and increasing basic needs security awareness around campus by assisting with Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week & BNS End of Year Celebration logistics, attending BNS Coalition meetings, and helping with additional community/fundraising initiatives through weekly meetings with the coordinator. Interns will be expected to be physically present at Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week activities 11/13-11/17. This capacity offers interns the opportunity to do high-impact work that determines the budget for BNS in the next year, and directly communicate with campus and community leaders.

      Skills needed:
      - Strong communication, organization, and speaking skills
      - Familiarity with community/campus organizations preferred
      - Familiarity with Microsoft Powerpoint preferred
      - Experience with event planning preferred


  • Branding, lotta meriluoto coordinator: 

    • Interns will be assisting the coordinator with updating the Basic Needs Security website (specifically the calendar of events) and Food Pantry website, in addition to creating monthly newsletters to send to Basic Needs Security subscribers. Interns will also help create marketing materials such as flyers for the BNS team and assisting in an affordable, nutritious restaurant option mapping project that will be launched on the BNS website.

      Helpful skills to have for this position:
      - Experience with Squarespace and Wordpress
      - Preferred background in Photoshop, Illustrator, and/or other graphic design programs
      - Preferred skill in HTML, Excel


  • Food Pantry Operations, Carolyn Hsieh Coordinator: 

    • Interns will provide support with streamlining operations at the pantry by assisting with tasks such as placing and receiving inventory orders, coordinating deliveries, and implementing updated inventory tracking systems. Interns will also organize and lead efforts to expand pantry services, including mobile pantry pop-ups, late night dinners at the pantry, and other community events.

      Intern requirements:
      - Strong communication skills
      - Organized, detail-oriented


  • Global Food Initiative, maria balcazar tellez fellow/Coordinator: 

    • Intern will support the coordinator in several GFI/BNS research initiatives, specifically in providing research assistance and support with the 2017-2018 Basic Needs Annual Report and the Wellness Screener Tool project. The goal for the Wellness Screener project is to connect eligible incoming students with public benefits and campus services to support their transition into college. This tool will be a first of its kind!

      Intern requirements:
      - Strong communication and writing skills
      - Excellent organizational and time management skills
      - Experience with research and data analysis preferred
      - Graduate students and upperclassmen preferred 


  • video and photography, karina candela coordinator 

    • Interns will support the coordinator with the creation of our campus video series. The series will include personal short-video narratives, introduction to basic needs services, and a campus promotional video to be housed in the campus basic needs website. In addition to this video series, interns will assist the coordinator with photographing and videotaping for major events and efforts. Camera and equipment will be provided.

      Skills needed:
      - Effective task completion strategies and skills
      - Proficiency in photography and videography
      - Proficiency in editing applications such as Premier Pro
      - Ability to photograph/videotape for BNS events when scheduled


  • calfresh clinics, hong heng coordinator 

    • Interns will educate and promote understanding around food insecurity to students, staff, and campus workers while volunteering at the pantry on Fridays to restock and host clinics. Interns will also work to maintain CalFRESH clinic enrollment and follow up with media and communications.

      Skills preferred:
      - General knowledge of federal, state, and county laws and regulations around the CalFRESH clinic program
      - Able to travel and attend forums and events
      - Preference will be given to applicants with Friday availability