Food Program Intern
Interning at the Park in the Sky!
Friends of the High Line’s internship program is committed to finding New Yorkers with big dreams and cultivating them into future industry leaders. Through our immersive, intensive, and inclusive 13-week program, we offer interns the opportunity to apply their current industry skill-set in a real-world setting while mapping out their future through comprehensive workforce development services including: professional development, work readiness, network building, and career planning. But, wait! It doesn’t stop there. We continue to offer career support for 12 months following the program based around educational advancement, job search, and job placement within your respective industry. It is our goal to serve as an incubator for our next generation of leaders by leveraging our resources and influence as one of the top cultural destinations in the country.
What will you be doing?
As the Food Program Intern, you will be responsible to logistical and troubleshooting assistance to food vendors on the High Line. You will do daily check-ins with vendors to review their sales, make sure the area is clean and professional, and most importantly, are adhering to DOH regulations. You will also assist the Food Program Coordinator in scheduling and coordinating vendor moves and ensuring their smooth execution. In addition to these field tasks, you will be assisting the Food & Revenue team with administrative tasks pertaining to the High Line’s Food Program development and answering any external and internal inquiries about the program.
You will also be attending professional development workshops and networking events, have the opportunity to take paid certification courses, joining professional associations, creating your own long-term projects, and developing your employment portfolio. Special workforce development tasks and projects will arise as needed for your individual needs and growth.
You will report to the Internship Program Manager and the Food Program Coordinator and may assist other members of the Food & Revenue team as needed.
- Assist the Food Program Coordinator with the day-to-day on-the-line food operations. Including:
- Connecting with food vendors on daily basis to check in on sales and ensure that the area looks clean and tidy and maintains Department of Health standards
- Collecting any issues from vendors regarding any electric or plumbing issues that could affect their daily operation and escalating to FHL’s maintenance team
- Assist with scheduling and communication of vendors moves out of the Chelsea Market Passage for events and end of season load out
- Schedule food vendor tie in/out with FHL’s maintenance team when vendors are required to move out of passage for events
- Working on-site during vendor moves to escalate any issues and answer questions
- Work with the VP of Finance and Food Program Coordinator on tasks related to “High Line Food Concept, Programs and Strategy Development Project”. Including:
- Compiling historical information relevant to the food program
- Helping schedule in-house and outside meetings
- Preparing visual and written documents
- Scanning, copying, photocopying
- Liaising with High Line visitors regarding food-related questions or comments
- Responding to external requests and inquiries about the Food Program
- Collaborating and helping order supplies for staff catered events
Who are you?
- An up-and-comer in the Hospitality/Public Space Management field, looking to get your first real-world experience
- A champion and advocate for FHL’s mission, as well as the people who visit the High Line
- Possess a growth mindset with an openness to coaching and critical feedback
- High school / HSE graduate
- Can work at least 20 hours a week (opportunity to work up to 37.5)
- Can commit for the entire 13 weeks: September 18th - December 15th
- Priority given to residents of the High Line neighborhood (Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen) and FHL’s Green Council, TACC, Teen Event Staff, and Participatory Budgeting Council Alumni
What are you good at?
- Strong spoken communications and the ability to frame and draft clear emails
- Basic level of computer and Internet literacy, including Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite as well as an aptitude for learning new computer applications
- Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
- A team player that is flexible, resourceful, and detail-oriented
- Availability during select weekends and evenings as required
- A sense of humor is always nice!