Community Engagement

Community Engagement

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Welcome Interns and Volunteers

Alameda County Nutrition Services provides pathways - volunteer or internship opportunities - to encourage youth and young adults to pursue public health as a career and at a minimum gives an early view to see if it is of interest. We aim to provide these opportunities for people who reflect the Alameda County population we serve. Seasonal program-related internship opportunities exist for high school, undergraduate, and graduate level students with relations to Alameda County who are interested in public health or community-based nutrition education and physical activity and have a desire to promote healthy living with local communities. Intern projects contribute both indirectly and directly to spreading awareness about the benefits of adopting healthy eating and the importance of regular physical activity.

Please note there is a minimum 4-month period to establish a student services agreement between the host institution and Alameda County. Prospective interns will go through an interview process. Seasonal internships are available based on staff time and capacity as well. Fingerprinting, background check, TB test and physical may apply.


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Inquiries for dietetic rotation preceptors can be directed to Annette Laverty, MPH, RD at or Nori Grossmann, MPH, RD at

Organizations interested in having Nutrition Services host a volunteer or intern for Alameda County Nutrition Services who would like to establish a student services agreement, contact Associate Director, Rachel Paras at

Community Voice

ACNS engages with community on a regular basis. Through our direct education like our senior garden classes and Cooking for Health Academy to our summer park and recreation nutrition education classes, we are with you. We also engage residents through local assessments, surveys, focus groups, and personal interviews to gather information to remain current and knowledgeable about community concerns and needs. Our team is out in the community conducting classes, at retail sites, and more throughout the week.

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Graduates from our Cooking for Health Academy become eligible to take the ServSafe Food Handler California online course and assessment at no-cost. Paid and volunteer opportunities arise throughout the year to co-teach classes or support events. Contact Dale Murai at

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