Careers in Food Law and Policy

Though food law and policy is an innovative and emerging field in which to study and practice law, there are numerous opportunities in government, non-profit organizations, and private law firms where interested individuals can experience food law and policy in action. In addition to the field of law, there are also a growing number of university, internship, and fellowship programs that offer opportunities to experience food policy in every area relating to food–from international non-profits that address food security to universities that offer courses studying the anthropology of food.

If you are a law student, emerging young professional, food policy advocate, or simply want to learn more about what food policy entails, use these resources from across the nation (and world) to help you find your next job, volunteer position, or internship in the world of food policy.


For a general introduction to the range of career opportunities within food law and policy, check out our new Food Law and Policy Career Guide, released October 2017.


For more specific career opportunities, check out our Current Food Law and Policy Career Opportunities page.

The Food Law and Policy Clinic of Harvard Law School (FLPC) Summer Internship Program.

We currently accepting applications for Summer 2018. The FLPC office is located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

For questions about the summer internship program, please contact flpc@law.harvard.edu.

Program Information:

Dates for the 2018 Summer Interns Program are Monday, May 21st to Friday, July 27th for a minimum of 40 hours per week. There is some flexibility with regard to start and end dates as long as summer interns make at least an eight-week commitment.

Summer interns are unpaid. They are eligible for all public interest fellowships including law school summer public interest funding programs that may be available through their schools (these vary by school) and Equal Justice America (EJA) and through other opportunities listed on resources such as PSJD. FLPC program staff will support accepted candidates with whatever paperwork is needed from the sponsoring organization for these applications.

The summer internship program takes place at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston.

Information about the Food Law and Policy Clinic:

Established in 2010, the Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) addresses the health, environmental, and economic consequences of the laws and policies that govern our food system. FLPC strives to increase access to healthy foods, support small-scale and sustainable farmers in breaking into new commercial markets, and reduce waste of healthy, wholesome food. As the oldest food law clinical program in the United States, the FLPC is a pioneer in the field of food law and policy, and serves as a model for lawyers and law schools entering this field. FLPC is also a leader in the laws and policies surrounding food waste, FLPC interns have the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects focused on reducing food waste at the national, state and local levels.

The following four initiatives are an expression of our dedication to resolving the environmental, public health, and economic consequences of our food system:

  • Food Policy Community Empowerment
  • Food Access and Obesity Prevention
  • Food Waste
  • Sustainable Food Production

Summer interns in the Food Law and Policy Clinic have the unique opportunity to engage in action-based learning to gain a deeper understanding of the complex challenges facing our current food system. Interns get hands-on experience conducting legal and policy research for individuals, community groups, and government agencies on a wide range of food law and policy issues, and are challenged to develop creative legal and policy solutions to pressing food issues, applying their knowledge from the law school classroom to real-world situations.

Examples of project areas include providing policy guidance and advocacy trainings to state and local food policy councils, assessing how food safety regulations could be amended to increase economic opportunities for small local producers, recommending policies to increase access to healthy food for low-income communities, identifying and breaking down legal barriers inhibiting small-scale and sustainable food production, and drafting state and federal legislation to reduce the amount of wasted food.

FLPC interns have the opportunity to practice a number of valuable skills, including legal research and writing, drafting legislation and regulations, commenting on agency actions, public speaking and trainings, and community organizing, among others. Interns also have the opportunity to travel to meet with clients; for example, FLPC travels to work in places like Mississippi, West Virginia, and Navajo Nation, among others.

HOW TO APPLY:

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis until January 20, 2018.

Applicants should complete this online form and submit the following materials in one consolidated pdf or word document to flpc@law.harvard.edu.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample (We encourage you to submit a writing sample that is either about food law and policy or is a research paper or policy paper, not a legal research memo. It is okay if this is an undergraduate paper.)