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Program Intern

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen, Inc.
Part time, 10-15 hours per week



Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) seeks a dedicated and passionate intern who will be responsible for overseeing the Food Pantry program.  The successful candidate will be an advanced student or burgeoning professional in a field related to social work, nonprofit administration, public health, or nutrition.


Mission & Background Information

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen serves people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.  Since 1987, DESK has offered evening meals and a weekly food pantry to the Greater New Haven community.


Position Summary

The Program Intern will oversee the Food Pantry program under the guidance of the Program Manager and Executive Director.  The Food Pantry program serves on average 80 people per week by providing groceries on site at 311 Temple Street.  The program operates Wednesdays, 2:00-3:00 pm, so the successful candidate must be available between 1:00 and 4:00 on Wednesdays.  The Program Intern will be responsible for coordination with and supervision of volunteers, overseeing the set-up and clean-up of the program, and basic performance measurement to determine the program’s ongoing effectiveness and efficiency.



  • Volunteer Management and Supervision – The Program Intern will supervise up to 14 volunteers.
  • Program Execution – The Program Intern will be in charge of ensuring that the program is carried out under the standards and guidelines set forth by DESK staff.
  • Client Relations – The Program Intern will work directly with clients to ensure that their immediate needs are met vis-à-vis the Food Pantry program.
  • Performance Measurement and Quality Assurance – The Program Intern will work with Executive Director to develop the standards and metrics to determine program success, and ensure that all requisite data are collected in an appropriate manner.


Qualifications and Requirements

Candidates applying to this position should be enthusiastic about providing much-needed services to the target population.  While the successful candidate need not have extensive experience working with people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty, s/he should demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in social services, public health, nutrition, or the nonprofit sector.  The following qualities will be sought after in candidates who apply for this position:

  • 2+ years of social services or nonprofit work OR in pursuit of a relevant degree
  • Strong leadership & communication skills
  • Very good social/“people” skills
  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software (including Excel)
  • Creative thinking and problem solving


Compensation and Benefits

This is an unpaid internship position.  The primary benefit to the successful candidate will be in the form of direct services experience and university credit if applicable.


How to Apply:

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and résumé to Steve Werlin at with “Program Intern Application” in the subjection line.


DESK is an equal opportunity employer who values greatly the role of diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and lifestyles.

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