Internships and AmeriCorps at the Food Depository

About our internship program

The purpose of the internship program at the Greater Chicago Food Depository is to involve students in various aspects of our mission; to educate and provide them with hands-on, realistic experience in a leading nonprofit organization; and to cultivate an appreciation of the needs of the community we serve to become better informed advocates surrounding the issue of food insecurity.

Internships are open to undergraduate and graduate-level college students of all majors, as well as individuals who are seeking experience in a career relating to nonprofit or social work. Ideal candidates will be seeking degrees, or hold degrees in, public policy, social services administration, public health, communications or a related field. Applicants to the program must meet all necessary requirements to be considered eligible.

Students who are eligible for academic credit and/or special funding programs through their college/university are encouraged to apply. A written evaluation of a completed internship is given to the intern upon successful completion. 

For more information and to apply for current internship openings, please follow the links below.

Current internship opportunities

About our AmeriCorps program

Started in 1994, the AmeriCorps programs provide opportunities for Americans to make an intensive commitment to service.  The AmeriCorps network of local, state, and national service programs engages more than 75,000 Americans in service each year.  AmeriCorps members serve through more than 3,000 nonprofits, public agencies, and faith-based and other community organizations, helping meet critical needs in education, public safety, health, and the environment. With 53 members serving at the Greater Chicago Food Depository since 2009, candidates join a network of individuals committed to National Service and fulfilling the Food Depository's mission.  AmeriCorps members have supported our SNAP outreach efforts, children’s programs, and veteran services.  

AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance during their year of service (11 months).  After successful completion of their term of service (1700 hours), AmeriCorps members earn a Segal AmeriCorps Education Award in the amount of $5,730.00 that can be used to pay for college or graduate school at Title IV schools, or to repay qualified student loans. Fulltime AmeriCorps members also receive health care benefits, child care assistance, student loan forbearance, professional development and training.

Current AmeriCorps opportunities