Food Law and Policy Clinic Summer 2014 Internship Opportunities

The Harvard Food Law and Policy Clinic is seeking summer interns for its 2014 summer clinic semester. We are accepting applications on a rolling basis and will review applications starting in January 2014.

The Food Law and Policy Clinic aims to increase access to healthy foods, prevent diet-related diseases such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, and assist small and sustainable farmers and producers in breaking into new commercial food markets. The Food Law and Policy Clinic is part of Harvard Law School’s Legal Services Center, located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

Project areas include assisting with the development and research needs of state and local food policy councils, assessing food safety rules to inform law and policy changes that would increase economic opportunities for small local producers, analyzing and recommending ways to increase access to healthy produce for low-income individuals and those living in “food deserts,” and identifying and breaking down legal and non-legal barriers inhibiting small producers from going beyond direct farm-to-consumer sales to sell at grocery stores, restaurants, and farm to institution programs. Our work is primarily focused at the state and local level, and we have project clients and partners based in different parts of the country.

Over the summer, students will have the opportunity to conduct legal and policy research to inform a range of clinic projects, including drafting fact sheets, in-depth reports, policy recommendations, comment letters, testimonies, presentations, and legislation or regulatory guidance.

How to Apply:
The dates for the 2014 summer program have not yet been finalized, but the program will likely run from Tuesday, May 27th through Friday, August 1st for a minimum of 40 hours per week. We have some flexibility with regard to start and end dates as long as summer interns make at least an eight-week commitment.

This internship is primarily for law students, but non-law students may apply, and we make a commitment to accept several non-law students (including undergraduate students as well as students in diverse graduate degree programs) each summer.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to flpc at law.harvard.edu.

More information:
For more information about the summer program, visit the Legal Services Center’s Summer Fellows Page (information is updated annually in late fall for the upcoming summer).

NOTE: This internship is unpaid, but it is SPIF-eligible for Harvard Law students. Interested candidates are urged to seek separate fellowship or grant funding, and program staff will help to support this in any way possible.

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