Internships

Learn. Serve. Thrive.

Imagine a place where your talent makes a meaningful difference in peoples' lives. Through an internship an Harvest Hope Food Bank, you'll have the chance to gain valuable, relevant and hands-on experience working beyond the classroom while also building your resume. Harvest Hope provides a uniquely rewarding learning environment in which our interns work together with the staff as vital parts of a much larger mission—ending hunger. We are a nonprofit that is innovative, mission-focused, diverse, collaborative, and values-driven. 

As the state’s largest hunger-relief organization serving 20 counties in South Carolina, we source and distribute 26 million pounds of food each year. With locations in the Midlands, Pee Dee and Upstate, our mission is to build a hunger-free tomorrow by feeding our neighbors in need and addressing food insecurity. Through a network of over 400 partner agencies, we are actively working in all of our communities to end hunger.

Opportunities will appear here as they are available.

Spend Your Summer Helping Others

Hear From a Past Intern

"My experience as an intern at Harvest Hope has been amazing. The organization has given me hands on experience while still in college to better understand the IT field...it has pushed me to the limit to better expand the technology we have. The internship has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people not just in the food banking industry, but from all over. Thank you, Harvest Hope, for investing in me and giving me the opportunity to grow in my field." - Albertus Cocklin, 2021 IT Intern

Internships are currently closed.

Content Creator Intern

Multi-Media Content Creator Intern

Position Overview: This is a paid internship averaging 10-15 hours per week and located in Columbia, SC. Ideal candidate will be enrolled at a four-year university as a rising junior or senior majoring in Visual Communications, Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Graphic Design, and/or Journalism. We are seeking a creative individual to create unique visuals that don't only look good, but also convey a powerful and emotional message. We are seeking an exceptionally talented and driven individual who can work in a fast-paced, high-energy environment.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Gather and create engaging, new print and multimedia content across all Harvest Hope branches to increase brand awareness, donations, and social media following.
  • Create graphics and design layouts for print ads, flyers, email newsletters, the Harvest Hope website, and social media accounts
  • Help photograph events and hunger-relief programs across the state
  • Shoot and edit videos for internal, web and social media use
  • Collaborate with the marketing department and support campaigns with design solutions
  • Learn from industry leaders and how to apply theory to marketing campaigns and advance techniques

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Successful candidates will come to the role with a strong background in graphic arts.
  • Prior experience creating graphics and a solid grasp of design concepts, photography and videography
  • Comfortable working in Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Lightroom and Premiere Pro or similar software
  • Enthusiasm for the design process and attentiveness to different project goals
  • Ability and willingness to learn and take direction
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Must have excellent communication, organizational and follow-up skills, as well as a sense of urgency
  • Ability to multi-task and work effectively
  • Positive attitude and a proven team player
Help Desk Intern

Help Desk Intern

Position Overview: This is a paid summer internship averaging 10-15 hours per week and located in twenty counties in the Upstate, Midlands and Pee Dee regions. Ideal candidates will be enrolled at an HBCU four-year university as a rising junior or senior majoring in Communications, Public Relations, Technology, Computer Science and/or Social Work. 

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Training partner agencies for Link2Feed, Meal Connect and other assigned programs.
  • Create a plan with timeline for training assigned agencies Link2Feed and Meal Connect technology implementation.
  • Executes technology training plans such that groups in the portfolio.
  • Provides support and troubleshooting for assigned partner agencies.
  • Install and configure desktop software.
  • Update tasks with periodic problem status and resolution information.
  • Recommended equipment purchases as needed.
  • Perform inventory of computer supplies as required.
  • Perform necessary updates.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to work with Senior Citizen populations.
  • Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information with discretion.
  • Good planning and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong listening skills and the ability to follow directions and ask questions to ensure a productive internship.
  • Positive attitude and a proven team player

More About this Opportunity
Harvest Hope will work with Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in our 20-county footprint to maximize our paid internship opportunities to students who typically would not have access to this hands-on paid learning experience.  We have established relationships with Allen University, Benedict College, Claflin University, Vorhees College, Morris College, and South Carolina State University. As we promote diversity and inclusion, we believe these collaborations will advance this effort furthering our already intentional approach to diverse representation.

Logistics and GIS Mapping Intern

Logistics and GIS Mapping Intern

Position Overview: This is a paid internship averaging 10 hours per week and located in Columbia or Greenville, SC. Ideal candidate will be enrolled at a four-year university as a rising junior or senior majoring in: Industrial Engineering, Operations Management, Logistics Engineering or Supply Chain.

Duties and Responsibilities:

The main purpose of the department is to ensure an optimal logistic flow, from pick up at supplier to POU (Point of Use) by improving the current flow, by industrializing new product programs from PS (Program Start) to FSR (Final Status Report) and by introducing new logistic concepts and processes. PSCE operate within the Material Handling Process.

  • Complete value stream mapping and documentation of current process and future state based on insights gained during the implementation
  • Complete GIS Mapping of HHFB service area and pinpoint areas of need across 20 county footprint
  • Present findings and recommend actions to the management team based on analysis of key performance indicators and associated metrics
  • Track and monitor the benefits and cost savings of implemented solutions
  • Conduct logistics partner evaluations and recommend actions to improve performance
  • Experience with technology systems and tools, including API, EDI or SAP required
  • Experience with analysis tools including SQL, VBA Macros, R Programming or related required
  • Expert in Microsoft Office required
  • Ability to analyze complex data sets and present summary message required
  • An attached resume is required

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Analytical or critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information with discretion.
  • Good planning and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong listening skills and the ability to follow directions and ask questions to ensure a productive internship.
  • Positive attitude and a proven team player
  • Master's student strongly preferred
Social Advocacy Intern

Social Advocacy Intern

Position Overview: This is a paid internship averaging 10-15 hours per week and located in Columbia, SC. Ideal candidate will be enrolled at a four-year university as a rising junior or senior majoring in Marketing, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, IT, Graphic Design, Political Science and/or Social Work.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Draft and coordinate advocacy communications and social media content and website copy.
  • Utilize contact lists to send emails, action alerts, and other communications.
  • Research and develop an inventory of relevant policy social media account and work.
  • Reporting and analyzing online metrics.
  • Support Harvest Hope's strategic planning initiatives for the advocacy program.
  • Research and compile notes from relevant Congressional hearings, meetings, and briefings.
  • Draft advocacy training materials for staff and volunteers.
  • Write memos and strategy documents.
  • Schedule meetings with state representatives.
  • Special projects as assigned.

Preferred Skills and Abilities:

  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Analytical or critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to handle confidential or sensitive information with discretion.
  • Good planning and multi-tasking skills.
  • Strong listening skills and the ability to follow directions and ask questions and ask questions to ensure a productive internship. 
  • Positive attitude and a proven team player

Harvest Hope Food Bank is an equal opportunity employer and embraces a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential. This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job and the general nature and level of work associated with the position. It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties whose performance may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments the individual may be given. This position description does not constitute an employment agreement or contract.