Northeast Event Planning Intern

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Northeast Event Planning Intern

Applications due Feb. 22, but will be accepted until position is filled.

Company Description:
CoFED – the Cooperative Food Empowerent Directive – is a national cooperative network and training program committed to empowering students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses. CoFED provides week-long retreats and resources with our regional organizers to support student groups as they open up their own food co-ops on their campus. Our mission is to cultivate a more sustainable, community-oriented culture through college campuses.

We’re looking for a fast-learning intern interested in sustainable food movements, event planning and/or cooperative careers and alternative business to support the development of CoFED’s events in the northeast, including but not limited to our March Leaders Retreat and the June Summer Incubation. This position will require both attention to detail and a willingness to learn on your feet and take initiative on projects.

Hours: 10-15+ hours a week.

Job Duties:   

  • Assisting the Regional Organizer and related CoFED Staff in all aspects of planning for each event, including but not limited to:
    • Searching for and securing suitable locations
    • Securing food donations through sustainable food organizations/companies
    • Corresponding and following up with speakers and students
    • Developing registration documents, creative tracking processes and ticketing
    • Development of publicity materials and strategy
    • Brainstorming event themes and activities + creative implementation
    • Developing and/or assisting with fundraising events
  • Self-directed projects
    • Potential opportunities to create and lead relevant workshops.


  • Discounted admission to retreats, relevant food conferences, food events and/or dinner parties
  • Gain skills in online management tools and event planning;
  • Exposure to cooperative businesses, consensus decision-making processes, anti-oppression training, food justice and related concepts in action;
  • Excellent networking opportunities with influential movers and shakers in the food movement;
  • Experience working with a small team in a fast-paced, professional environment where your ideas and input are valued and desired;
  • Entrance into a nationally-recognized organization within a quickly growing field;
  • Professional support and connections through advisers and partnering organizations


  • Demonstrated interest in sustainable food movements, cooperative movements and/or sustainable and alternative business.
  • Ability to travel to NYC for monthly meetings
    • Students in the NYC Metropolitan area will be given preference if all else is equal.
  • Experience planning events in school or elsewhere.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Comfort working virtually and in person.
  • Experience with GoogleDocs, Excel, etc.
  • Ability to take initiative.
  • Students who can remain through the end of the Summer Incubation (approx. June 3rd) will be given preference.

Job Begins:  March 1st, 2012. If the candidate is a good fit, the position can be extended through the summer.

Compensation: Unpaid, but we can work with your school to get credit. CoFed staff will commit time to supporting professional development and connecting to opportunities.

To apply, please fill out the highlighted section of this document:  and send it with a resume and short cover letter describing your qualifications, goals and expectations. Send to and cc Applications received before Feb 22nd will be given priority, but will be accepted on a rolling basis until position is filled.


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