Food+ is a work-based learning internship that gives college students a crash course in civic engagement, data science, and online and offline outreach tools through work in food systems advocacy in Hawaiʻi.
Hawaiʻi imports 80-90% of its food. As the most isolated land mass in the world, our dependence on food imports is a huge problem for disaster preparedness and our islands’ carbon footprint and sustainability. Equally critical is how locally grown food is one of the most important connections between kanaka and ʻāina. The food system can keep both healthy, or make both sick.
Food+ interns are college students studying the food system, agriculture, nutrition, public health, or political science. They apply their knowledge as community advocates for a better food system, learning collaborative online work tools, professionalism, and problem solving while also helping improve the food system.
The 2023 Food+ cohort will build on the work started by our first two cohorts:
In collaboration with Supersistence, we aim to bring on two data interns who will work on applied data science projects for data-driven policy making.
While data science has been widely applied in the corporate sector, it is generally under-utilized in government, despite the promise of data-driven policymaking. In Hawaiʻi there is a particular need for better data about agriculture. Data interns will focus on gathering available food system data, analyzing, and visualizing it to share with the public and legislators.
Learn more at foodpluspolicy.com →