2019-20 UC Global Food Initiative Undergraduate Student Fellow


The University of California, Berkeley invites applications for a student fellowship opportunity with the University of California Global Food Initiative (GFI). This fellowship will allow an outstanding student to serve as the Undergraduate Student Fellow.

Compensation: Up to 180 hours of work at $16.50/hour (5-6 hours per week for the academic year).

APPLICATION DEADLINE: June 5, 2019, at 5pm Pacific Time

Applicant must be a matriculated undergraduate student at UC Berkeley. To apply, submit the following items as a single pdf to rzfanshel@berkeley.edu with the subject line “Undergraduate Student Fellow.”

  1. Cover letter stating your reasons for application to this fellowship and a summary of most relevant experiences, skills, and/or education.
  2. Resume (limit 2 pages).
  3. Contact information for 2 references. One should be a professor or major advisor.

Background on the UC Global Food Initiative Student Fellowship Program:
The overarching goal of the University of California Global Food Initiative is “to harness the resources of the University of California—its research, people, expertise, and tradition of public service—to put the world on a pathway to feed itself in ways that are nutritious and sustainable.” To engage students in this effort, the UC Office of the President created the President’s GFI Student Fellowship Program. In its sixth year, in 2019-20 the program provides each campus with funding for two student awards.

Undergraduate Student Fellow: This position will work closely with the Berkeley Food Institute (BFI) staff to increase undergraduate student opportunities in campus food and agriculture-related activities.


Student Opportunities Newsletter: Create and distribute weekly Berkeley Food Institute Student Opportunities Newsletter.

Cross-campus Collaboration: Encourage cross-fertilization among UC Berkeley food-related student groups and activities via:

  • Serving on the BFI Undergraduate Advisory Council, as well as collaborate with the BFI Graduate Student Council.
  • Working with BFI communications staff to showcase student activities and opportunities related to food and agriculture.
  • Work with BFI staff on efforts to increase undergraduate student learning opportunities in food systems.
  • Designing and executing a project of the fellow’s choosing that serves the goals of the program. The fellow will have a $500 programming budget.

GFI Meetings and Reporting:

  • Participation in GFI systemwide activities, including GFI conference calls, attendance at meetings of GFI leadership, and GFI Fellows’ field trip.


  • Matriculated undergraduate student at UC Berkeley.
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills, particularly in regards to interpersonal communications across diverse groups.
  • Experience with facilitation, relationship-building, and project coordination among diverse people and programs.
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively in a group setting; ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Demonstrated creativity, innovation, and commitment.
  • Ability to foresee, identify, and recommend solutions in the position’s areas of responsibility.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Comfort with creativity, innovation, and hard work.
  • Professionalism, courtesy, punctuality, and good humor.
  • Interest and experience in public service and social equity, as core tenets of the UC Berkeley experience and the Berkeley Food Institute mission.
  • Work experience and/or public service related to food and/or agriculture in a leadership role.

Systemwide activities for the GFI Fellowship program will begin with an orientation on July 8, 2019 at UC Santa Barbara. Systemwide activities and funded by the UC Global Food Initiative above and beyond the fellowship award, and will also include leadership retreats, a spring field trip, and a closing symposium and poster presentation to be held in conjunction with the CA Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) in June/July 2020. Please note that all GFI Student Fellows are expected to attend the systemwide events, if possible.

Direct any questions to BFI Program Manager Rosalie Z. Fanshel at rzfanshel@berkeley.edu

Equal Employment Opportunity:

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