Basic Needs

Field Study

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Field Study

About the Field Study Placement

To support the operations and planning for the FRESH Basic Needs Hub by engaging in research to understand the complexities
of the issue of college students' basic needs insecurity, including food, housing, and financial insecurity. Support the
organization's understanding of basic needs insecurity in higher education, recommends improvements to the current
services/programs, and proposes new evidence‐based interventions to address students' basic needs on campus.

Special Projects:

  • Develop training materials and presentations for the FRESH Basic Needs Hub student staff
  • Research innovative interventions to basic needs insecurities on campus and beyond ‐Improve sustainability practices at the hub
  • Propose and develop new programs or services to meet students basic needs. Field Study interns participate in the quarterly new staff training at the beginning of the quarter, and are expected to participate in the monthly staff meetings where additional training on specific topics is presented. In addition, the field study intern gets paired with an experienced student staff to provide ongoing training and support.

Important Skills for the Position:

  • Time management skills/ability to juggle multiple responsibilities
  • People person who enjoys connecting with others
  • Friendly, courteous customer service skills
  • Able to maintain a positive attitude and diplomatic demeanor while working with diverse individuals
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively

Requirements

  • A passion for hunger alleviation and community development
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Proficiency in MS Office (Excel and MS Word)
  • Good judgment when handling sensitive and/or confidential material

How to Apply for a Placement

E‐mail our Basic Needs Coordinator, Andrea Gutierrez, at andrea.g@uci.edu at least a month prior to deadline to express interest and state potential area of project. Send resume & availability to meet for an initial meeting/interview to explore if site is a good fit.