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Student Leadership Opportunities

Ongoing Roles for Students:

Steering Committee - The Steering Committee is the body (7-11 member) that makes “big-picture” decisions regarding RFC’s overall strategy and structure, public image, and policies. Sitting on the steering allows you to work closely with other student leaders, staff and Field Organizing Fellows as we chart RFC’s course, together.

National Working Groups: Through Working Groups, students from different schools and different parts of the country build relationships, share strategies, plan campaigns and collaborate on projects. This is a critical place for learning and leadership in the RFC network. Students can participate in a Working Group at a variety of levels, from regularly contributing to conference calls, to joining special Working Group projects, to serving as a co-chair and taking a primary role in coordinating the activities of the group.  

Communications Working Group: Peer support for on-campus campaign communications strategy. Helping to develop national communications strategy for campaigns.

Calculator Working Group: Support the development of the Real Food Calculator -- researching new food labels and certifications, continuing to improve the online tool and providing additional support to students actively using it on their campuses.

Regional Training Host Teams: Regional trainings are intensive weekend-long retreats full of skill-building workshops, food justice-oriented field trips, cooking and campaign planning.  Taking place every winter, student teams plan and lead all aspects, from travel coordination and room reservation, to recruiting local speakers and activities.

Internships: Interns assist RFC in research, graphic design, event planning or other special projects. Internships are available every summer and by proposal only during the academic year--they may be done remotely or from one of RFC’s offices/region hubs. Examples of recent or regularly available internship include:

Research    Event Planning     Graphic Design     Alumni Relations

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What do you love to do?  How can you put your skills to work?*


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Opportunities that might be a good fit for you!


Join the “love crew” and help cook for events such as summits and regional trainings

Graphic Design / Art / Videography

We’re always looking for design interns to help develop aesthetically pleasing materials, resources, logos, memes, videos etc. to further the message of our movement


Organize a fundraising event on your campus, help spearhead our crowdfunding campaigns, or assist with our annual fundraising appeal.

Logistics / Planning

Each National Summit and Regional Training has a logistics team, and we’re always looking for more magicians to help out with food sourcing, transportation, registration etc. Alternatively, plan a Campus Visit and bring your Regional Field Organizer to your school for in-depth training and strategizing. Applying to be an event planning intern is another good option!

Leadership Development

Challenge, train and support a new generation of leaders to take over the campaigns on your campus.  Work with your regional team to have one-on-one conversations with students from other schools in your region; helping facilitate regional calls and coach others.


Join the Corporate Working Group for your school’s food service provider (see list above) to plan large-scale strategies for our corporate campaigns, or become a Steering Committee member  to help make big-picture RFC decisions. More interested in regional or school-level strategy? Work with your regional Coordinators and Field Organizers to recruit and teach student teams at schools near you how to run a campaign!

Workshops and Facilitation

Help plan a regional training, or a campus visit on your campus. Help facilitate a workshop at the national summit or a regional training.


Become a lead on one of our corporate campaigns: develop a national strategy and organize schools with that provider. Work with your regional team to bring new schools in the network and help them start a campaign

Non-profit nuts and Bolts

Join the steering committee or take an internship working on RFC’s administrative side.


Take a research internship with RFC and investigate a specific question (ex: opportunities for supply chain reform, acceptable standards/certifications for one of our real food categories)

Public Speaking

Present about your work with RFC at a conference -- there’s always lot’s we’re going to!

Social Media

Promote real food and RFC through facebook and twitter, and talk with friends at other schools about starting a campaign on their campus.

Food Systems nuts and Bolts

Join the Implementation Working Group and help us figure out the best ways to make the transition from committing to Real Food to actually getting it into our dining halls.