Overview

The Rockefeller Foundation leverages science, innovation and technology to empower vulnerable families locked out of prosperity to improve their lives and prospects. We invest in solutions in the areas of health, food, power, and economic mobility, and forge partnerships to bring those solutions to scale around the world.

The Rockefeller Foundation is in the process of launching a new Food Initiative (FI), focused on transforming the food system so populations around the world, particularly the most vulnerable ones, can have access to protective diets that promote human and planetary health. The FI’s vision is a food system that is nourishing, resilient, equitable, and sustainable.

In East Africa, the FI’s strategy is to promote increased production and consumption of protective foods such as fruits, vegetables, fish, and whole grains, and foster an enabling environment that generates demand for protective foods while disincentivizing consumption of harmful foods and ingredients through policy and other mechanisms.

The FI’s East Africa team is offering an internship for Kenya-based candidates who combine solid academic credentials with curiosity, creativity, and passion for social impact.

We value our Interns and want to invest in and mentor future leaders who will grow personally and professionally and create impact in the philanthropic sector. As an Intern at The Rockefeller Foundation you will have the chance to contribute to our initiatives through engaging on meaningful work assignments.

  • This position is open to graduate students only.
  • A cover letter is required.
  • The term for this position is 3-6 months.
  • We are currently fully remote, but when restrictions ease, this position will be based in the Kenya office.
  • This position is open to graduate students only.

    Principal Duties and Responsibilities

    The Intern will learn how to develop innovative solutions to improve nutrition security in resource-poor settings through cross-sector and multidisciplinary approaches involving nutrition, renewable energy, agriculture, business, environmental science, information technology, data science, and other fields. Specifically, the Intern will:

  • Support the Foundation’s work of advancing a more nourishing and sustainable food system through the use of innovative breakthroughs in science and technology and cross-sector engagement.
  • Review and synthesize literature in horticulture, Ag-energy nexus, agribusiness value chains, supply chain innovations to inform decision making.
  • Assist the Food team in the design, implementation, and on-going management of the Foundation’s new programs and further engagement with grantees.
  • Providing technical support to initiative staff, grantees and partners in Monitoring Evaluation, Research & Learning.
  • Capture notes and clear next steps during Food team’s engagement with potential in the areas of food system transformation, energy access and poverty reduction.
  • Participate in field visits to current and prospective grantees and synthesis field trip reports.
  • Support the Foundation’s work of advancing a more nourishing and sustainable food system through the use of innovative breakthroughs in science and technology and cross-sector engagement.
  • Participate in field visits to current and prospective grantees and synthesis field trip reports.
  • Assisting in any other roles as assigned by the Foundation.

    Education, Experience and Skills

    • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in one of the following areas: global health, nutrition, epidemiology, agricultural economics, business, entrepreneurship, environmental science, or related field Interest or experience working in the nonprofit sector.
    • Strong research and analytical capabilities; able to think strategically about opportunities to advance the Foundation’s policy and advocacy work around energy access and poverty reduction.
    • Strong writing and editing skills in technical and scientific areas; strong attention to details.
    • Dexterity with large data sets and capabilities to interpret qualitative and quantitative data.
    • Collaborative, innovative, eager to learn, and interested in how foundations create and execute strategies working alongside partners.
    • Must be a proactive self-starter.
    • Able to multi-task and work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
    • A team player with self-drive in providing solutions to demanding tasks with tight deadlines.
    • A strategic problem-solver, capable of steering cross-functional collaborations and producing high-quality deliverables.
    • Strong communication skills.
    • You are committed to the mission of the Foundation, to inclusion, equity and diversity in every aspect of your work, and to challenging conventional wisdom through evidence, reason, and amplifying dissenting, unconventional, and marginalized voices.
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate program in one of the following areas: global health, nutrition, epidemiology, agricultural economics, business, entrepreneurship, environmental science, or related field Interest or experience working in the nonprofit sector.

    Location: This Internship is based in Nairobi. Applicants must be authorized to work in Kenya.

    As an organization, we focus on six values to advance our culture and to continue our success. We are dedicated to being Transparent, Optimistic, Accountable, Collaborative, Trusted and Equitable. We operate from a strong commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion in everything that we do. It’s not only the right thing to do – we couldn’t make an impact without the diverse perspectives and experiences of our team members. We expect all employees at the Foundation to contribute by developing their unique perspective and talent, and to challenge conventional wisdom through evidence and reason, and by amplifying marginalized voices.

    The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

    The Rockefeller Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.