Research Assistant/Program Evaluation Intern




$2,500 per semester

Hours per week

10hrs (minimum)



Application Deadline


Start Date


End Date



33 W 60th St.
New York City
New York
United States


Hours : 10-15 hours per week with hours varying at different times throughout the project between October 2018 and June 30, 2019.  Work can be a combination of in-office and remote.

Organizational Overview :

Teens for Food Justice works to ensure a healthy, affordable food system for all through the power of youth engagement and leadership.

Using high-tech hydroponics, TFFJ students grow thousands of pounds of produce inside their schools, and master the skills to serve as health/nutrition ambassadors and food justice movement builders within their own food desert communities. Since 2013, TFFJ youth have been leading the fight against food insecurity by growing food and sharing skills to improve nutrition and health--laying the foundation for an equitable, sustainable food system and a healthier future, while developing the science and technology skills needed in a new green sector economy.

Position description :

We seek a program evaluator to implement a curricular and afterschool program evaluation for TFFJ’s urban agriculture, health and nutrition education, and food justice outreach programming at the Urban Assembly Unison Middle School in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn; DeWitt Clinton High School Campus in Bedford Park, Bronx, and Brooklyn Collaborative Middle School in Brownsville, Brooklyn during the 2018/19 academic year. Program evaluation tasks will include developing and administering pre/post surveys of students; developing questions for and leading focus groups with students, faculty, and community members, and analyzing and compiling this quantitative and qualitative data into a final report that summarizes these findings and can be distributed to the public.

Data on the program has been already been acquired by evaluators over four years of TFFJ programming. These evaluators have included two Icahn MPH candidates and  two teams of graduate students from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service.        

The Pre/Post Survey assesses a variety of indicators (awareness of  nutritious foods, understanding of urban agriculture and the workings of   the school-based hydroponic farm, interest in/knowledge of science, understanding of the concept of  food justice) that are ultimately measuring how the program is impacting the students and their families’ behaviors around health and nutrition, sustainability, and civic engagement. We also will be surveying students and faculty to understand how participation in the program has positively influenced students' academic records, collaborative skills, self-confidence, leadership abilities, sense of social responsibility, and behavior. Small focus groups will allow us to dig deeper into students’, teachers’, staff/administration’s, and parents’ knowledge of and feedback on the program and its impacts.

The evaluator would engage in the following activities:  survey design, organizing and administering surveys and focus group sessions, meeting regularly with TFFJ staff to discuss program evaluation, inputting and analyzing datasets, and compiling comprehensive evaluation report. The evaluator will work closely with Teens for Food Justice staff, faulty within the evaluator’s school department or institution, and key faculty and administrators of each TFFJ partner school to implement the project. Likewise, the evaluator will have access to all necessary materials and personnel throughout the project timeframe, and maintain a workspace at  the TFFJ office, located at 33 W. 60th St., Manhattan, New York, NY 10023.

Desired Qualifications:

- Strong verbal and written communication skills

- Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills

- Good computer skills with competence in Excel and ability to manage data

- Ability to work independently but also a good team player

- Interest in working with teenage students

- Some prior experience in a work environment

- Ability to commit to a minimum of 10 hours per  week regularly and up to 15 when required

- Interest or experience in food, farming, urban agriculture, community health and nutrition, or youth development

- High energy and positive outlook



The evaluator would receive a monthly unlimited metrocard throughout the duration of the evaluation, as well as a stipend of $2,500.00 per semester(2).

How To Apply

Please reach out to Clare Hyre, Program Manager, at for more information or send your resume, cover letter, and a reference to be considered for the position.