Food Services Internships and College Programs

About the Office of Food & Nutrition Services

The New York City Department of Education is the largest system of public schools in the United States, serving about 1.1 million students in over 1,700 schools. The Office of Food & Nutrition Services (OFNS) serves around 850,000 meals to these students each school day. Of these, over 700,000 meals are provided at no charge to the students or their parents/guardians. Over the past decade, we have made tremendous strides in improving the nutrition and taste of our meals. We are committed to promoting healthy food choices among our students and maintaining high nutritional standards while offering delicious and satisfying menu choices.

Summer Apprenticeship Program 2023

O.F.N.S. provides the Summer Apprentice Worker (SAW) the opportunity of employment and to learn transferrable food-related skills. SAW students, also obtain valuable transferrable knowledge that can be utilized in the foodservice industry. And this Summer we are looking for approximately 50 students to employ and work for the Office of Food and Nutrition Services in our Summer Apprenticeship Program.

RESPONSIBILITIES - include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Preparation of meals at Open Community Feeder locations. 
  2. Assist OFNS staff by serving meals and pleasantly greeting everyone as children receive their meals.
  3. Learn about Meal preparation, Inventory control, SF Nutritional Standards and SF Summer Meals Program.
  4. Follow sanitation procedures in all preparation areas and throughout the course of the day. 
  5. Meet with Teacher-in-Charge and OFNS School Food Service Manager to review various duties and responsibilities that may change from day-to-day.


Candidates must be in High School, grades 9th–12th and the high school must be located within the five boroughs. Private, Charter and Parochial school students are welcome. Only 4 Reference Letters per High School accepted on a first come first serve basis.


  • Demonstrates leadership skills
  • Ability to communicate clear and concisely with peers and school administration 
  • Able to work with others within time constraints to complete specified tasks 
  • Professional, punctual and diligent


  • $15.00 per hr. /5.5 hours per day for the duration of the Summer Meals Program.
  • Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (30 minutes for lunch)
  • Employment Dates: Monday, July 3, 2023 until Friday, August 25, 2023. 


Metro-Cards (if lengthy travel is required) 
Curriculum Enrichment

Field-Related Work Experience


Please submit by e-mail a reference letter on school letterhead from a Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Principal or Assistant Principal from your current high school to Marc T. Mills between the dates of Monday, March 6, 2023 until close of business on Monday, March 27, 2023 to be eligible for an interview. Be sure to include your contact information, e-mail address, home address, phone number, age and grade. Selected candidates will be notified of interview by mail.

For any inquiries related to the O.F.N.S. Summer Apprenticeship Program please call or e-mail Marc T. Mills at 718-707-4383, e-mail or Samillah Feliciano at 718-707-4398, e-mail

OFNS Dietetic Intern


First you will observe the School Food Service Manager/Preceptor performing daily tasks such as monitoring breakfast & lunch service or educating students on the importance of eating healthy meals. Then our SFSM’s will then observe you performing the same task. If your performance is satisfactory, then you may undertake that activity independently under the SFSM’s supervision. Other responsibilities are in accordance with curriculum guidelines set forth by your internship program.

Qualifications/Areas of Study

Potential interns must be self-motivated, possess strong verbal/communication skills, have the ability to offer new ideas and innovative suggestions.

Interns will also be required on a limited scale to observe and assist with daily operational tasks.

In order to be considered for the program, degree concentration must fall under the following categories: Nutrition, Dietetics, Health and Nutrition Sciences with a concentration in Food and Nutrition, Home Economics, Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, Hotel/Restaurant Institutional Management, Food Service Entrepreneurship, Food Service Administration or closely related field.

How to Apply

Apply using the online Internship Application Form.

Additional Questions

Email all questions concerning this Internship Program to:

OFNS District 75 Intern

Program Overview

The collaboration between District 75 and the Office of Food & Nutrition Services was designed to expose New York City students to the food industry by providing them with hands‐on, real life work experience. The program aims to develop skills students learn within their transitional schools and the opportunity to work in OFNS kitchens.

Qualifications/Areas of Study

Potential interns must be self‐motivated, organized and pursuing a career within Food Service. Students gain food service experience and are considered professional employees in a professional work environment. Interns will be required on a limited scale to observe and assist with daily operational tasks.