The South Texas Food Bank is a community non-profit organization that serves eight counties in the South Texas area.
We have available unpaid internship opportunities which can provide hands-on experience for undergraduate or graduate students in a variety of areas. Students of non-profit management, public health, business, social and behavioral sciences, communications, agriculture, nutrition and other disciplines may find an internship valuable.
Please note that there are also some internship opportunities that high school students may apply.
How do I apply?
Follow these steps:
1. Call or send a message to our Human Resources Department.
2. Our Human Resources Clerk will give you available dates to tour our offices to learn more about the food banking and what your internship could possibly entail.
3. Once you confirm your interest, you will be given an appointment to discuss more in detail a potential internship and/or to accept an internship offer.
What is the difference between interning and volunteering?
Volunteer opportunities are open to the general public and require no previous experience. Internship opportunities are more specialized volunteer opportunities were some related set of skills and/or experience MAY be required. College students or persons exploring a different career option are often interested in internships. Internships (I.e. grant writing) may also require a longer work commitment than a simple volunteer opportunity (I.e. sort and processing food items). Both volunteer and unpaid internship opportunities can count as community service hours.
I have specific requirements to meet to get credit for the internship.
We want the internship to work for both you and us. We will try our best to accommodate and meet any specific requirements. Our Community Engagement Specialists will work with you to design an internship plan that works for you and the food bank.
How do I document completion of my internship requirements?
Internship hours are recorded. Our Marketing Specialist or Volunteer Coordinator can provide documentation letters, given 24 hour notice and can conduct an evaluation upon request, and is willing to meet with the class professor if required by the internship.
Are stipends available?
At the moment, all of our internships are unpaid. Our internships are design for students who are in need of community service hours or are looking into gaining more experience and building their resume.
How many hours would I need to work?
This varies by position, but internships are structured to be within 10-20 hours per week. Contact us if you have specific parameters you would like to discuss.
I need to have a specific job description for my professor, including learning objectives. Can you all help me with this?
This will be developed with your input before or during the first week of the internship as required.
Are these internship opportunities available in other areas besides Laredo?
Yes, some of the internship opportunities may be available in other areas that the South Texas Food Bank serves. Our service areas include the following counties: Webb, Zapata, Jimm Hogg, Maverick, Val Verde, Dimmit, Starr, and Kinney. Please contact our Community Engagement Specialist for more details.
We hope you join us in our fight against hunger. The South Texas Food Bank depends on help from interns and volunteers to complete our important mission. Our current identified needs are described below. However, we are also willing to work with individual students to craft appropriate internships beyond those described.
South Texas Food Bank Internship (Unpaid) Openings
Volunteer Database Management
Research/Fieldwork (I.e. Design & conduct surveys)
Community Liaison - Someone to take photos, and/or report on STFB member agencies in Zapata, Hebbronville, Carrizo Springs, Bruni, Oilton, Del Rio or Eagle Pass. (Open to high school students)
For volunteer (non-internship) opportunities, click here.
If interested or would like more information about any of the listed internship openings, please contact:
Jessica Lopez, Human Resources Clerk