Paid Internship Opportunity – London.

Sep 22, 2015


The Food Assembly is an an online platform that enables direct trade between local producers and local groups of customers. On offer is a paid internship at their London office; initially for 6 months leading to an opportunity to create a full-time position.


How each Assembly works is simple: members (customers) buy food directly from local farmers and food makers online, and then meet the people behind their food when they pick it up at a weekly pop-up market in their neighbourhood.

Each Assembly is started by an Assembly Host, who coordinates an online food market for their local community. While buying takes place online, collection happens at the same time once a week during a pop-up market where members and farmers gather and meet.

Launched in France in September 2011, the network is growing daily and now connects over 500,000 members with 4,000 producers in over 700 Assemblies across France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Italy and the United Kingdom.


The Role:

The Food Assembly launched in the UK in July 2014 and are now looking for an intern to work with the recruitment, training and support package for Hosts and Producers and development of the network. This is an exciting role with a lot of learning opportunities and the opportunity to create an impactful and permanent position within a fast-growing organisation and international movement.  

The Food Assembly are looking for someone with good people skills, a can-do attitude and willingness to learn and experiment, an appetite for challenging social and economic norms and passion for creative positive economic alternatives. We value these character traits as much as qualifications and welcome applications from a diversity of backgrounds spanning age, ethnicity, ability, education and socio-economic status. The successful candidate will help grow our support and training systems for Hosts and be responsible for strengthening existing relationships as well as establishing new ones.


Position Details:

  • 6 month position based in London with occasional trips throughout the UK. Our team is currently located in East London in East Bathtub coworking space near Bethnal Green.
  • 3-5 days per week (flexible)


4 Key Missions*

  • Host and Producer Recruitment: Work with the UK team to recruit new Hosts and Producers and deal with applications (online, on the phone and face-to-face) for setting up new Assemblies from across the UK.

  • Training and Development: help to analyse, refine and improve the Host and Producer training programme. This could involve creating new training tools (e.g. resources and processes).

  • Support Local Entrepreneurship: Support Hosts of open Assemblies to grow their Assemblies.

  • Network Development: Liaise with other team members to help innovate the development of the UK network.

What is on offer?

A fairly paid internship leading to permanent position for the right person

Unique and exciting opportunity: We’re a young company that is expanding quickly and have big ambitions for disrupting and improving the UK food system. As a member of small and growing team you’ll be helping shape the social enterprise from an early stage to national expansion.

Collaborative environment: Everyone on the team is passionate about what the The Food Assembly does, and you would be no different. Our business model is a collaborative model and we encourage collaboration between team members and across the food sector.

Learn new skills and deepen your knowledge:  We value the training and development of our staff.

Good food and fun: We take turns to cook lunch for each other each week so you’ll be cooking and cooked for.

Essential Skills and Qualities

  • People skills (interpersonal, written, speaking and listening)

  • Open minded

  • Quick learner

  • Fluent English – speaking and reading French/other European languages is a bonus.

  • Team working

  • Organisational skills

  • Good IT skills


Essential Experience:

  • Working/volunteering with people in a supportive way.


Desirable Skills and Experience:

  • Knowledge/experience of community networks

  • Driving license

  • Knowledge of the local food sector and networks

  • Many other skills, qualities and experience may be relevant so please do include them in your application.

How to apply

For more information about this internship role and to download an application form please follow this link: paid internship opportunity 

The deadline for receiving applications is 9am on Tuesday 29th September .  Interviews will take place on Thursday 1st October  in London and the successful candidate(s) will start as soon as possible.

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