Become an Ambassador

Project Feed 1010 Ambassador Program: ISB Science



Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) offers internships for upcoming juniors and seniors who are interested in food sustainability and food security through ISB’s Project Feed 1010 (PF1010).


Developed to diversify and strengthen the environmental research field, as well as provide skills training and authentic research experiences for students, the ambassador program empowers students to solve a complex, real-world problem: food insecurity. Since 2016, this year-long program has cultivated and supported 4 cohorts, 25 schools, and 55 total high school students from the Puget Sound region in Washington state, as they become leaders in Environmental Education (EE). Through this opportunity, students were trained during the summer through hands-on, real-world experiences at ISB to tackle the global food security crisis and then supported as they developed and implemented a plan to integrate their newfound knowledge into their schools and community centers. To date, this program has provided ~200 hours of interdisciplinary EE focusing on sustainable agriculture, food security, aquaponics, systems biology and career exploration.


Job opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) fields are rapidly expanding! Gaining real-world experience in systems biology and sustainable agriculture expands character skills essential for effective personal and professional communication as well as problem-solving skills crucial to innovation and discovery in the future.


Students applying for this program should be excited to be an ambassador and enact positive change in their communities, be a curious and responsible self-starter, and be interested in maintaining a collaborative relationship with the PF1010 team beyond the summer internship. Applications will be accepted from current sophomore and junior high school and preference will be given to students who would be willing to work with an applicant from the same school throughout the following school year as they implement PF1010 into their communities. Our last ISB-hosted PF1010 cohort was the 2019 cohort. We are currently in the process of moving our PF1010 Ambassador resources to an online platform for greater accessibility.



What did past PF1010 ambassadors have to say?



    • Network with and work alongside scientists in a state-of-the-art research institute
    • Get trained in solving complex problems, such as food insecurity, using a systems approach
    • Design and engineer an aquaponic system in an urban community garden space
    • Learn from experts in urban farming and scientific research
    • Design and conduct experiments related to sustainable food production
    • Communicate your research findings to ISB scientists and community members through scientific posters and presentations
    • Develop a plan to integrate PF1010 into your school and/or community center
    • Create resources for others to use, accessible through your PF1010 website profile (http://www.projectfeed1010.com/ambassador-profiles/)
    • Get PF1010-certified in sustainable agriculture through a 33-hour short-course



    • Training at ISB over the summer (work with scientists, educators, students, and farmers both in a research lab and in the community)
    • Collaborate with PF1010 during the school year as you integrate the program into your community
    • Celebrate your success at the end of the school year by presenting at ISB’s annual Ambassador Showcase for your family, friends, and the community



1. Take a moment to learn from our past ambassadors on our ambassador’s profile pages.
2. Check out how becoming an ambassador unlocked other opportunities for Gabby Alonso here.
3. Check out Linnea and Ivan documented their 2016 intern and ambassador experience here.