Common Threads is a nonprofit that teaches children and families cooking and nutrition education to encourage health and wellness. We are national in scope, with strong roots in each of our 12 major program locations, reaching 40,000 children, parents and teachers in 2020-2021. We equip under-resourced communities with information to make affordable, nutritious and appealing food choices wherever they live, work, learn, and play. We know that food is rooted in culture and tradition, so we promote diversity in our lessons and recipes. We believe that adequate and healthy food contributes to wellbeing. For more information, visit www.commonthreads.org or Common Threads’ social media accounts (@CommonThreadsOrg on Instagram and @CommonThreadsUS on Twitter).
Research, Evaluation and Analytics Intern Position Overview:
Common Threads is seeking a part-time, unpaid Research, Evaluation and Analytics Intern for the summer term (approximately June – August). Interns seeking academic credit are preferred. This is a work from home/remote position for approximately 20 hours per week. Applications will be accepted through March 22, 2021, or until the position is filled. The position reports primarily to the Vice President of Research and Evaluation and the Evaluation Manager.
This intern will support the Common Threads’ Research, Evaluation and Analytics team with achieving their goals and objectives. This team is collecting, analyzing and reporting insights and data about our programs, participants, and community partners to internal stakeholders, as well as external funders and partners. Furthermore, this team is developing relationships with academic researchers to scope future research studies.
At Common Threads, you will have the opportunity to gain experience in applied research, including program evaluation, while learning how a national nonprofit operates and exploring a career in nutrition education, food security and wellness.
This intern position requires a balance of analytical skills with strong written and verbal communication skills.
- Conduct literature reviews and web searches on relevant topics (e.g. nutrition education, food security, social determinants of health, evaluation/research theories) and complete summaries/reports.
- Participate in relevant webinars and report important insights/information to team.
- Assist with internal data analysis, as directed by an evaluation manager. For example, we expect an intern to be comfortable with creating descriptive statistics using a dataset in Microsoft Excel.
- Assist with downloading and reviewing publicly available data such as American Community Survey (Census) or local government data sets.
- Examine data sets to determine trends and insights for other teams.
- Participate in regular meetings with Research, Evaluation and Analytics team.
- Participate in monthly All-Staff meetings.
- Participate in internal stakeholder meetings with programs and fundraising teams.
- Present key findings from assigned projects.
- Write summaries/reports/briefs on behalf of Research, Evaluation and Analytics.
- Facilitate or co-facilitate meetings with internal stakeholders related to assigned projects.
Qualifications & Characteristics:
- Currently enrolled in a master’s degree program; social science, public health, program evaluation, and public policy majors preferred
- At least 2 years of work experience (e.g. a combination of job and/or internships)
- Familiarity with a CRM (such as Salesforce) is preferred.
- Experience with research and policy analysis is preferred.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, as well as Google applications including Docs, Slides, Sheets and Drive
- Ability to analyze and manipulate data, with mid-level experience in Microsoft Excel
- Ability to synthesize and summarize information and data, both qualitative and quantitative
- Ability to present data to non-research audiences
- Strong organizational, time management and logical thinking skills; must be task-oriented
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
- Ability to collaborate on shared projects with teammates
- Experience working with culturally diverse audiences
- Candidates should have reliable access to high-speed Internet and a laptop/computer/digital tablet with webcam
- Ability to work within a mission-driven environment to develop professional and respectful relationships with culturally diverse audiences, both internally and externally
- The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
How to Apply
- Submit your résumé and a brief cover letter at www.commonthreads.org/careers. Your cover letter should include a sentence on how your career interests relate to Common Threads’ mission and this internship position. Questions may be directed to Deanna Jessop, Evaluation Manager firstname.lastname@example.org, no phone calls please.