UPDATE: The Friedman Food Systems COVID-19 Connector is now closed for project submissions. If you have a short-term opportunity for a student, please submit it to the Tufts Civic Impact platform. If you have a long-term opportunity, complete this form so it can be posted as an internship on Friedman’s website.

The purpose of this platform is to support food systems organizations as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold by connecting them with graduate students from the Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy who can offer their time and technical expertise.

What this means for students:

  • Communicating your skills and availability here.
  • Getting matched based on your time, interests, and expertise.
  • Potential to satisfy your Friedman internship requirement.

What this means for organizations:

  • Communicate your needs, no matter how general or specific, through this brief form.
  • Get matched with a student who can offer assistance, (one-time, short-term, or for an extended period of time).
  • Skills that Friedman students offer:
    • Research and data analysis, collection, management
    • Strategy, brainstorming, and problem solving
    • Policy briefs, memos, regulatory technical assistance
    • Communications and social media
    • Volunteer recruitment and coordination
    • GIS mapping

Project examples:

  • Strategize with a farmers market manager about the best way to support local farmers.
  • Prepare a brief for a food recovery organization on new regulations related to emergency food delivery.
  • Update an organization’s website with open food pantries and other food access resources.
  • Help small grocer understand changes and impacts to supply chains.
  • Write a policy memo on protections that should be passed to ensure safe conditions for farmworkers.


For questions and/or more information on this effort, please reach out to Allie Wainer (alliewainer@gmail.com) and Elise Mitchell (elise.mitchell@tufts.edu)