Oxfam: Oxfam is a global organization that fights inequality to end poverty and injustice. We offer lifesaving support in times of crisis and advocate for economic justice, gender equality, and climate action. We demand equal rights and equal treatment so that everyone can thrive, not just survive.

We are working across regions in about 70 countries, with thousands of partners, and allies, supporting communities to build better lives for themselves, grow resilience and protect lives and livelihoods also in times of crisis. Because we want lasting solutions, we fight the inequalities that keep people locked in poverty and injustice, we tackle not the symptoms but the systems, and we campaign for genuine, durable change.

Location of work: Nairobi, Kenya*

*If travel to Kenya is not possible due to unforeseen circumstances, the intern will work in the United States with the Food System team in the US based offices (with the possibility to work remotely). The assigned projects for a US-based placement may relate to those listed in the job description below.

Job description: Oxfam seeks to host a Gender Justice and Food Systems internship to provide overall support to our programmatic work, with strong focus in gender and food systems, in Oxfam offices based in Nairobi, Kenya. The position will give the intern the opportunity to work with and learn from gender advisors and food system teams to gain valuable practical knowledge and skills related to gender justice and food security. The intern will potentially work in two initiatives, Together Against Poverty 2 (TAP2) and Urban Food Hives (UFH). The specific scope of work will be determined closer to the start of the internship.

The "Together Against Poverty” 2 grant is a four-year program supports Oxfam's global advocacy efforts along two main strands of work: 1) increasing the quantity and improving the quality of foreign aid from key governments; and 2) promoting and resourcing agricultural development as a core pillar of economic growth in Africa. Strand 2 of grant aims to improve the responsiveness of African governments to the demands of citizens for resources that support agriculture development (e.g. funding, delivery of quality services, strengthened knowledge and information infrastructure). The intern’s work will support Strand 2, specifically working with the TAP2 Senior Gender Advisor and in collaboration with up to four country offices – Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana and Nigeria.

The Urban Food Hive is an initiative that supports women and youth food entrepreneurs to promote equitable, resilient and healthy diets through an ecosystem development approach in urban and peri urban areas. The initiative spans across three regions (SE Asia, Africa and Latin America) in five countries (Philippines, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Colombia). For the purpose of this internship program, the intern will support the Urban Food Hive Program Manager at Oxfam in Kenya (or any other implementing country of the initiative) in program implementation, policy consultations with the Nairobi County, partners and the coordination team based in the US.

Requirements: Skills, Experience and attributes

  • Preference for Master’s degree students
  • General knowledge on Gender, Agricultural and Food Systems
  • Demonstrated professionalism and ability to reflect Oxfam values and principles to internal colleagues and partners
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to multitask with ease and grace, balancing and adapting to frequently changing priorities
  • International experience and ability to adapt to multicultural contexts and teams is a plus


  • Preference will be given to Master’s students
  • Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Must be a student in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State

Diversity Statement:
During the internship period, you are expected to demonstrate Oxfam’s five core values:

Equality: We believe everyone has the right to be treated fairly and to have the same rights and opportunities.

Empowerment: We acknowledge and seek to expand people’s agency over their lives and the decisions that impact them.

Solidarity: We join hands, support, and collaborate across boundaries in working towards a just and sustainable world.

Inclusiveness: We embrace diversity and difference and value the perspectives and contributions of all people and communities in their fight against poverty and injustice.

Accountability: We take responsibility for our action and inaction and hold ourselves accountable to the people we work with and for.

Courage: We speak truth to power and act with conviction on the justice of our causes

Apply here by October 27th at 12 pm

Ag Sciences Global


106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802

Ag Sciences Global


106 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802