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BECOME A DEMOCRACY INTERN

The Small Planet office and Frances happily working with interns.

THE SMALL PLANET INSTITUTE is currently seeking energetic and motivated interns to join our dynamic team for Summer 2021. This is a unique opportunity to work directly with Frances Moore Lappé, author of 19 books, including best-selling Diet for a Small Planet, in a small organization doing groundbreaking work to inspire and empower passionate action for democracy system and environmental policy reforms in the United States.

 

INTERN OPPORTUNITY OVERVIEW

Summer and Fall 2021 we are looking to fill four intern positions.  It will be a thrilling time at Small Planet.  We will be working on promoting and curating a new website DemocracyMovement.US.  In addition, we will be promoting Frances’ 50th anniversary edition of Diet for a Small Planet that will be released in Sept. 2021. We also will continue to support Frances’ writing of both articles and her new book, It’s Not Too Late, will be about the connections between the climate crisis movement and its roots in economic and political democracy.  In addition, we will continue to share our message of Living Democracy via social media, academic outreach & Frances’ public speaking.

TIME COMMITMENT

Scheduling is flexible—we're willing to work around school schedules, vacations, and other commitments. We ask for a minimum commitment of 12-16 set hours per week.  Summer positions may be remote, but in fall we will require interns to work in our Harvard Square office. Applications are being accepted for Summer and Fall 2021 seasons and are considered on a rolling basis year-round.   All are encouraged to apply whether student or not.  NOTE: We are full for spring 2021.

QUALIFICATIONS

A passion for social democratic movements and the mission of the Small Planet Institute is required. The ideal candidates have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Superb research and social media content creation are needed, and familiarity with Hootsuite, WordPress, WiX, and Canva are a plus. They are equally comfortable with teamwork and individual work. They excel even with minimal direction and supervision and are able to follow directions when given. Our interns contribute substantially to the programming of Small Planet. All majors are encouraged to apply, and all are encouraged to apply whether a student or not.

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

The percentage of time you might spend on each work area below will vary depending on whether or not Frances has a book deadline. The focus will be mainly on social media and democracy advocacy. Work area opportunities may include:

  • Creating and posting social media and web content;

  • Research and fact-checking assistance for articles, blogs, fact sheets, and other publications;

  • Copy-editing print and web pieces for publication;

  • Supporting academic and partner outreach campaigns;

  • Promotion and curation of website DemocracyMovement.US;

  • General office support

BENEFITS

  • Two stipended internship positions available;

  • Academic credit available;

  • Receiving a letter of recommendation from a highly recognized name in the democracy and food movement world;

  • Exposure to and connection with many organizations doing incredible work, currently particularly focused on democratic movements and campaign finance reform;

  • And, of course, the chance to work one-on-one with Frances.

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT

https://www.facebook.com/francesmoorelappe

HOW TO APPLY

Email your resume and cover letter including your dates of availability to info@smallplanet.org. Applications are accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

INTERNSHIP CONTACT INFO:

12 Eliot Street

Cambridge, MA 02138 E: info@smallplanet.org

P: 617-871-6609

Skype: small.planet.institute

"Working one-on-one with Frances has  made me hopeful and empowered about the future of our democracy."

—Jessica S.

"At SPI I truly feel I am a part of a team that is working to make a difference in the world!"
—Jana B.

DEMOCRACY AND WORDPRESS INTERN

Website Curation Manager for www.DemocracyMovement.US

 

WEBSITE HISTORY AND OVERVIEW

Tens of millions of Americans across every state are actively pursuing initiatives to fix our broken democracy. Their combined energies, we call the Democracy Movement. It is truly a movement of movements drawing together Americans with diverse issue-passions—from social justice to climate change to labor rights. All understand that none of their specific goals can be met without real democracy removing the grip of big money in politics, protecting and furthering voting rights, and ensuring and equal voice for all via fair redistricting and more.  Trouble is, most of us have no idea this is happening—a blindness contributing to resignation and even despair.

 

So the Democracy Initiative, with members representing 50 million Americans, and the Small Planet Institute partnered to meet a critical need: To create one energizing, on-line meeting-and-inspiration hub for the movement. Here, visitors can instantly grasp and be uplifted by the breadth and depth of the Movement, immediately feeling more powerful and less isolated as they find allies and meaningful action.   www.DemocracyMovement.US

TIME COMMITMENT

Scheduling is flexible—we're willing to work around other commitments. We ask for a commitment of 8 hours per week during 9am-5pm EST weekdays, which could expand depending on funding and work load.  We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible and it will continue through May 2021 with the possibility of extending.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong skills with WordPress are required for website maintenance and management.

  • A background in democracy reforms is needed, particularly as it relates to advocating to restore the core principles of democracy and political equality in the United States—so that all Americans can participate fully and freely in the democratic process.

  • Strong project management skills and experience are necessary, particularly in organizing and tracking details, e-files, and timelines.

  • Excellent communication skills are needed, including experience with social media, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

  • Experience and skills in intern supervision are preferred, including delegation of projects and ongoing support.

  • Comfortable with teamwork and individual work, and able participate in an open exchange of ideas with team.

  • Ability to excel with minimal direction and supervision, and also able to follow directions when given. 

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Stay current on Democracy Reform campaigns throughout U.S. i.e. read e-newsletters and attend meetings with Democracy Initiative, Common Cause, and others to stay up-to-date.

  • Supervise other interns who may be assisting with the website curation.

  • Use WordPress to update this website, www.DemocracyMovement.US using the weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual checklists.

  • Use WordPress to update the website with selected new features as directed by SPI Managing Director.

  • Maintain Democracy Movement social media channels via re-sharing & page maintenance.

BENEFITS

  • Negotiated monthly stipend

  • Academic credit available

  • Exposure to and connection with many social benefit organizations, particularly those active in the Democracy Movement.

  • Receiving letter of recommendation from a highly recognized name in the democracy, climate crisis, and food movement worlds.

  • And, of course, the chance to work with Frances!

JOB LOCATION

Remote until the COVID pandemic is over, but then post-COVID an in-person presence in our Cambridge office will be required for at least some of your weekly hours. Small Planet Institute is conveniently located near the Harvard T and our office is informal and cheery.  Address: Small Planet Institute, 2nd floor upstairs at 12 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

HOW TO APPLY

Email your resume and cover letter to info@smallplanet.org 

 
 

JOBS AT SMALL PLANET

DEMOCRACY ASSOCIATE / WRITING COLLABORATOR

Part-time Job Opening

Frances Moore Lappé is focusing on the growing Democracy Movement in the United States. We are seeking an associate to work closely with Frances in reaching and writing blogs, op-eds, speeches, and social media on America’s rising Democracy Movement as well as the threats to democracy.  See her recent articles here.  This person will serve as creative force with Lappé in ongoing development and promotion of the website: www.DemocracyMovement.US.  

 

Strong candidates would also have excellent skills and significant experience in related research, project management, and organizing tasks. The work will include concept development, research, editing, fact-checking, and general project management We are looking for a six-month commitment with possible continuation. The compensation will be based on experience. Boston-area candidates are preferred but all candidates welcome to apply.

 

TIME COMMITMENT

This is a part-time contracted position. We ask for a commitment of approximately 20 hours per week largely during 9am to 5pm EST weekdays.   We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible and it will continue through July 2021, with the possibility of extending.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Strong interest in the topics covered, along with strong analytical and writing strengths

  • Project management skills and experience, particularly in organizing and tracking details, e-files, and timelines.

  • A passion and strong background in political-democracy reforms is needed.

  • Excellent written communication skills are needed, including editing, research, and fact-checking.

  • Experience and skills in intern supervision are necessary, including delegation of online research projects and ensuring proper fact-checking procedures are followed, and ongoing support.

  • A passion for democratic social movements and the mission of the Small Planet Institute is required.

  • Comfortable with teamwork and individual work, and able participate in an open exchange of ideas with Frances.

  • Ability to excel with minimal direction and supervision, and also able to follow directions when given.

 

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Collaborate with Frances with an open exchange of ideas as they work together.

  • Collaborate closely with Frances Moore Lappé in conceiving, researching, editing editorials, blogs, speeches, social media on America’s rising Democracy Movement as well as the threats to democracy.

  • Collaborate closely with Frances Moore Lappé to research many aspects of democracy in America, including obstacles, reforms, as well as international examples and comparisons.

  • Serve as creative force with Lappé in ongoing development and promotion of the website: www.DemocracyMovement.US.  

 

BENEFITS

  • Compensation based on experience.

  • Exposure to and connection with many social benefit organizations

  • Receiving letter of recommendation from a highly recognized name in the democracy, climate crisis, and food movement worlds

  • And, of course, the chance to work one-on-one with Frances!

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT

https://www.smallplanet.org

https://www.facebook.com/francesmoorelappe

 

JOB LOCATION

Remote until the COVID pandemic is over, but then post-COVID an in-person presence in our Cambridge office is preferred for at least some of your weekly hours because of the collaborative nature of the work. Small Planet Institute is conveniently located near the Harvard T and our office is informal and cheery.  Address: Small Planet Institute, 2nd floor upstairs at 12 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please email your resume and in lieu of a standard cover letter, please include a letter responding to the questions below to info@smallplanet.org with the subject line “Application for Democracy Associate”.

 

Application Questions:

  1. Why are you interested in this position and how does this position fit into your long-term professional goals?

  2. Please describe your experiences working in the Democracy Movement in the United States.

  3. What democracy reforms do you think have the best chance of fixing our broken democracy and why?

  4. What books are you reading and what do you read on a weekly basis?

  5. Please describe your experiences with research and writing.

  6. What requirements do you have for your monthly compensation?

  7. How soon could you start and what days/hours per week are you available?

  8. What questions do you have about this position?

 

Thank you for your interest!

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

 

Thank you for your interest in Small Planet Institute! We appreciate your willingness to donate your time and we hope to have the opportunity to work with you. Please email info@smallplanet.org with your specific volunteer interests.

Please note that for our volunteer program we ask volunteers to work in our Cambridge office a minimum of

5 hours per week Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm for at least 3 months.

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the Institute of writers, speakers, & activists Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé

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