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.

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.


Summer Meals Culinary Internship Program


Food & Nutrition is inviting Career and Technical Education Certified schools, C-CAP and students interested in pursuing Culinary Arts as profession to join our Summer Meals Culinary Internship Program. Interns will shadow a Food & Nutrition Service Manager and assist daily with various Food & Nutrition operational tasks.

Interns will learn the following competencies: Food Service Management, Summer Feeding Program Meal Service Patterns, Accountability and Food & Nutrition Nutritional Standards.

The primary goal is that the student leaves the program with a higher degree of knowledge towards their pursuit in the culinary field.

Internship Program Details

  • Dates: Wednesday, July 1, 2020 – Tuesday, August 25, 2020
  • Schedule: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (30 minutes for Lunch)
  • Pay: Interns are paid $15.00 per hour by Food & Nutrition
  • Criteria: Selected interns must be currently enrolled in High School, grades 9-12. High Schools must be within the five boroughs. Interns that remain in good standing with Food & Nutrition will be invited back to participate in the program for the following summer.

Food & Nutrition Support

Interns will receive site visits, in addition to phone support if they have any questions or concerns. Manuals and uniforms will be provided and if travel is required interns receive a Metro card.

Submission & Selection Process

Intern selection process begins on Monday, January 13, 2020 thru Friday, February 14, 2020. CTE schools are allowed two Interns per school. Scheduled interviews will be during the first week of May. If selected, (based on number of positions available) Interns will be assigned to a Food & Nutrition Service Manager within close proximity to their home.

In order to start the process, a reference letter (on official school letterhead) with the interns full name must be e-mailed to Marc Mills at or mailed to:

Office of Food & Nutrition Services
44-36 Vernon Boulevard Room 403
Long Island City, NY 11101
Attn: Marc Mills
Supervisor, Accounts Receivable
Room 403

Summer Apprentice Workers (S.A.W.)


High School employees can gain work experience in Food & Nutrition kitchens and cafeterias during the Summer Meals Program. They assist with varied tasks in addition to serving meals to over 1,000 Community-Based Organizations and the children of New York City. Food & Nutrition provides the Summer Apprentice Workers the opportunity of employment and learning transferrable food-related skills. S.A.W. employees also obtain valuable transferrable knowledge that can be utilized in the food service industry.

Responsibilities includes but are not limited to the following:

  1. Preparation of meals at Open Community Feeder locations
  2. Assist Food & Nutrition staff by serving meals and greeting teens and youngsters as they receive their meals.
  3. Learn and assist with Meal preparation, Inventory control, Food & Nutrition Nutritional Standards and the 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 Food & Nutrition Service Manager to review various duties and responsibilities that may change daily.

Qualification Requirements

Candidates must be in High School from grades 9th–12th and the High School must be located within the 5-boroughs of New York City. Private, Charter and Parochial schools are accepted for the Summer Apprenticeship Program.

Preferred Skills

  • Demonstrates leadership skills
  • Ability to articulate clear and concisely with peers and school administration
  • Able to work with others within time constraints to complete specified tasks as required
  • Punctual, Diligent and Professional


Curriculum Enrichment
Field-Related Work Experience
Metrocard (Only if lengthy travel is required)

How to Apply

Submit by mail or e-mail a reference letter on school letterhead from an Administrator, Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Principal or Assistant Principal from your high school between Monday, January 13, 2020 thru Friday, February 14, 2020. The candidates whose letters are received in a timely fashion will be eligible for an Interview based on the number of available positions.

Call (718-707-4383) or E-mail Marc T. Mills,, all questions and reference letters concerning Food & Nutrition SAW.

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