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 more than 30,000 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).
Overview of Opportunity:
Common Threads is seeking a part-time, unpaid Research, Evaluation and Analytics Intern for 10-15 hours per week for approximately four to six months (start and end dates are flexible between November 2021 and May 2022). This is a work from home/remote position; with preference given to interns in one of Common Threads’ market locations (Austin, Chicago, El Paso, Erie, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, Miami, New York, Pittsburgh or San Antonio). Applications will be accepted through Oct. 15, 2021, or until the position is filled.
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.
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 position reports primarily to the Evaluation Manager.
This intern position requires strong analytical skills with a balance of 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.
- Interest in learning new software and platforms for analyzing and visualizing data.
- 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 1 year of work experience (e.g., a combination of job and/or internships)
- 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 (such as understanding of pivot tables) or other analysis software
- Preference for candidates with some prior experience with Google Analytics and CRM (Salesforce preferred).
- Ability to synthesize and summarize information and data, both qualitative and quantitative.
- Strong organizational, time management and logical thinking skills; must be task-oriented
- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written
- Experience or strong interest in 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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands/fingers to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Common Threads’ EEO Statement:
Common Threads provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or genetics. In addition to federal law requirements, Common Threads complies with applicable state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Common Threads expressly prohibits any form of workplace harassment based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status. Improper interference with the ability of Common Threads’ employees to perform their job duties may result in discipline up to and including discharge.
How to Apply:
If you think you meet most of these qualifications, we’d love to meet you! 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. No phone calls, please. Serious applicants only, incomplete applications will not be considered. No third-party firms. Application deadline: Oct. 15, 2021