Internship/Employment

Summer Program Intern

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) seeks a dedicated and passionate intern who will be responsible for overseeing our Summer Kids Pantry program. The successful candidate will be an undergraduate or graduate student or burgeoning professional in a field related to social work, nonprofit administration, public health, or nutrition.
Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen serves people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.  Since 1987, DESK has offered evening meals and a weekly food pantry to the Greater New Haven community.
The Program Intern will oversee the Food Pantry and Summer Kids Pantry programs under the guidance of the Executive Director.  The Food Pantry program works with up to 150 households each week, providing groceries out of our downtown location; the Summer Kids Pantry program serves 100 school-age children per week by delivering groceries to their homes.  The Program Intern will be responsible for coordination with DESK staff and partners at the New Haven Housing Authority, as well as supervision of volunteers.
  • Program Execution – The Program Intern will be in charge of ensuring that the programs are carried out under the standards and guidelines set forth by DESK staff.
  • Client Relations – The Program Intern will work directly with clients to ensure that their immediate needs are met.
  • Volunteer Management and Supervision – The Program Intern will supervise volunteers when needed.
  • Performance Measurement and Quality Assurance – The Program Intern will work with Executive Director to develop the standards and metrics to determine program success, and ensure that all requisite data are collected in an appropriate manner.
Candidates applying to this position should be enthusiastic about providing much-needed services to the target population.  While the successful candidate need not have extensive experience working with people living in poverty, s/he should demonstrate a desire to pursue a career in social services, public health, nutrition, and/or the nonprofit sector.  The following qualities will be sought after in candidates who apply for this position:

  • Pursuit of a relevant degree
  • Strong leadership & communication skills
  • Very good social/“people” skills
  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office software (especially Excel)
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
This is an unpaid internship position.  The primary benefit to the successful candidate will be in the form of direct services experience and university credit if applicable.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and résumé to Steve Werlin at [email protected] with position title in the subjection line.

DESK is an equal opportunity employer who values greatly the role of diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and lifestyles.

Substitute Chef and Evening Coordinator

Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) seeks a skilled and enthusiastic Substitute Chef who will be responsible for overseeing the preparation of evening meals and coordination of volunteers on a per diem basis.  The successful candidate will have experience overseeing meal-preparation in a commercial kitchen, with the appropriate supervisory and interpersonal skills needed for working alongside volunteers.
DESK serves people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty by providing food assistance and services that promote health, community, and equity.  Since 1987, DESK has offered evening meals and a weekly food pantry to the Greater New Haven community.
The Substitute Chef and Evening Coordinator (“Sub-Chef”) will work on a per diem basis, as needed, filling in for the Program Manager and other staff on occasional holidays, vacations, and some sick-days.  As a per-diem position, the successful candidate will only work according to his/her own availability.
  • Kitchen Operations – The Sub-Chef oversees all operations within the kitchen, ensuring proper use of all equipment.
  • Volunteer Supervision – The Sub-Chef supervises volunteers in the kitchen.
  • Dinner Preparation – The Sub-Chef coordinates dinner preparation and dining room setup.
  • Dinner Service – The Sub-Chef oversees the dinner service according to predetermined guidelines.
  • Client Relations – The Sub-Chef welcomes all clients, and addresses any issues that arise during dinner.
Candidates applying to this position should be enthusiastic about providing much-needed services to the target population.  While the successful candidate need not have extensive experience working with people who are experiencing homelessness or living in poverty, s/he should be compassionate and empathetic, with good interpersonal skills.  The following qualities will be sought in candidates who apply for this position:

  • 2+ years experience overseeing meal-preparations in a commercial kitchen
  • Food Handling Certification
  • Strong leadership & communication skills
  • Very good social/“people” skills
  • High school degree or equivalent
  • Ability to work well under stress
  • Strong management skills
  • Creative thinking and problem solving
As a per-diem position, wages will be set at an agreed-upon, fixed, hourly rate.  The Sub-Chef position does not include any fringe benefits.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter and résumé to Steve Werlin at [email protected] with position title in the subjection line.

DESK is an equal opportunity employer who values greatly the role of diversity in the workplace and encourages applications from people of all backgrounds and lifestyles.