Engage With Us

Collaboration is at the heart of our work at the CUNY Institute for Urban Food Policy.

It’s how we approach everything we do, in research, teaching, advocacy, and action.

We welcome the interest and participation of students, scholars, activists, and educators across CUNY and beyond. We partner with advocates, volunteers, community organizations, businesses, and governments.

See our available employment and internship opportunities.


Interested in Our Work?

Then we’re interested in you. Reach out to learn about all the different ways you can engage with us: urbanfoodpolicy@sph.cuny.edu



There are currently no open opportunities, please check back soon!

Fellowship Programs

Our fellowship programs provide funding for CUNY faculty and students to spend one or two semesters at the Institute, during which senior faculty will assist them in developing research projects and proposals, or they can contribute to existing work of Institute faculty and staff.

Doctoral Student Fellowship Program

Our Doctoral Student Fellowship Program launched in Fall 2016. Students are invited to apply to receive a stipend to participate in Institute research projects or to develop a dissertation research project of their own, with the support of Institute faculty and staff.

Ongoing Fieldwork & Research

We welcome graduate students who wish to pursue fieldwork placements, capstone projects, Masters essays, or dissertation projects in food policy or food justice. Our institute can provide a home for food policy research conducted by CUNY students as well as students from institutions across the city and the world. Stipends are often available.

If you would like to learn more about conducting research with us, write to us at urbanfoodpolicy@sph.cuny.edu.


Please submit all LOIs and supporting documents via email to: craig.willingham@sph.cuny.edu with Internship LOI in the subject line.

The CUNY Urban Food Policy Institute is a research and action center at the CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy.  The Institute provides evidence to inform urban and municipal food policies that make equitable access to healthy, affordable food a priority and promote intersectoral perspectives that link nutrition, health, racial equity, democratic engagement, sustainable communities and a valued workforce.

The Institute is now accepting letters of interest (LOI) for students interested in internships for spring, summer and fall of 2022. The LOI should focus on one of the Institute’s current research areas listed below. If there is a food policy topic related to the six areas listed below but not explicitly mentioned, and in which you have strong interest and the desire to further develop through this internship, please include it in your LOI. We will be reviewing applications in early March and contacting selected interns by 3/31/2022.

Internship Topic Areas

Central Harlem Neighborhood Food Environment

Central Harlem has seen a series of changes to the food environment. The Institute is engaged in research related to these transformations.

Food Policy Monitor

Our work in this area is focused on emerging trends in food policy at the city, state, and federal levels and regional food planning.

Online Ordering and Food Access Innovations

The Institute is evaluating a variety of innovations in food access and analyzing how technology can make it easier for people to access the food thev need.

Food Labor

Issues impacting food workers related to compensation and working conditions are currently being researched by the Institute.

Unhealthy Food/Predatory Marketing/Ultra-processed food

Our Institute is taking a close look at the marketing, promotion, formulation and impact of unhealthy food.

Food Security

Analysis of Pandemic EBT, campus food security, and the expansion of SNAP, WIC, etc. are all part of our research portfolio.


If you have an idea for a topic not mentioned here, feel free to describe that in your LOI.

LOI requirements

Your LOI should be no longer than 500 words and include the following:

  • Why you want to intern with the Institute
  • Why you are interested in your chosen topic area
  • What, if any, experience you have in the topic area
    Your vision for how this internship will support your academic and professional goals
  • Whether you plan to use your internship for a capstone project or other academic requirement
  • What skills you would like to improve through this internship
  • Whether you have proficiency with GIS, Tableau, R, Python, SAS, SPSS, STATA or other similar software

Required Supporting Information

  • Proposed internship schedule (provide specific dates where possible)
  • A copy of your resume
  • Two References (names, contact information and relationship to you)