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Summer Food Sovereignty Internship

Diné Policy Institute

Call for Applications - Summer Food Sovereignty Internship Opportunity


Diné Policy Institute is announcing a research internship opportunity for summer 2012. Interns will work on DPIís Food Sovereignty Initiative on the Navajo Nation; currently DPI conducts research on the modern Navajo Food System in relation to health, economic development, and cultural revitalization. DPI identified this project to directly apply DPIís research in conjunction with the Land Grant Officeís work, to benefit communities in the vicinity around Diné College as well as the College itself. The goal of this project is to increase access to nutritious, affordable, traditional foods and restore the local food infrastructure by establishing regional food policy through a Regional Food Policy, a Farmersí Market, and conducting Public Education and Outreach on Navajo food system issues and agriculture. This project is designed with the intention of being a demonstration project to be utilized by the rest of the Navajo Nation.

Interns will be collect data on agricultural growers and the regional food system in the Tsaile, Lukachukai, Chinle, and Many Farms Chapters. Research activities will include: Mapping agricultural land use areas, interviewing regional growers on issue areas, and interviewing community members concerning food access and food sovereignty. This research will contribute to policy recommendations for a regional food policy.


The deadline for application submission is June 15th. The pay-rate for this internship is set at $9 per hour. Hours per week are flexible, but will likely range from 20-40 hours a week.

Applying & Contact

To apply for this internship, please submit a letter of interest, a resume, and a completed application form to Dana Eldridge at: db.eldridge@gmail.com. The application form can be found on the DPI Internship Website.

If you have any questions, please contact DPI Policy Analyst, Dana Eldridge, at 928.724.6942.