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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. 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.

 

Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 we are looking to fill four intern positions. It will be a thrilling time at Small Planet.  In the fall we will be working on voter education and outreach, as well as promoting and curating a new website DemocracyMovement.US scheduled to go live in summer 2020.  We also will continue to support Frances’ writing of both articles and her conclusion of 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 12-15 set hours per week in our Harvard Square office, or virtually, due to current health recommendations to stay at home. Applications are being accepted for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters and are considered on a rolling basis year-round.   All are encouraged to apply whether a student or not.  NOTE: We are full for summer 2020.

 

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 a 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 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 voter education.  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;

  • Promotion and curation of UDecide.US website supporting voter education;

  • Supporting academic and partner outreach campaigns;

  • Promotion and curation of new website DemocracyMovement.US;

  • General office support.

 

BENEFITS

  • Academic credit available;

  • Two stipended internship positions available for $12/hour with a minimum of 12 hours/week

  • An in-office supply of fresh, healthy snacks;

  • Occasional team outings and pie;

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

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

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

 

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.

"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.

 

JOBS AT SMALL PLANET

Small Planet Institute does not have any open job opportunities at this time.

Thank you for your interest!

 

VOLUNTEER AT SMALL PLANET

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

 

Volunteer Writing Partner

POSITION OVERVIEW

Frances Moore Lappé—author of Diet for a Small Planet and 18 other books, including the most recent Daring Democracy—is working on a new book entitled: It’s Not Too Late! Crisis, Opportunity, and the Power of Hope. She is seeking a volunteer writing partner to work remotely, who is skilled at “sheparding” projects to completion, including supervising (remotely) a team of research interns.  Preference is given to applicants who have experience and expertise in editing and project management.

 

Strong candidates would also have strong skills and significant experience in project management, organizing tasks, and intern supervision. This position will work directly and closely with Lappé, as well as supervising interns. The work will include concept development, research, editing, fact-checking, supervision, and general project management.

 

TIMELINE AND COMMITMENT

This is a temporary, volunteer position. We ask for a commitment of at least 20 hours per week.  We are seeking to fill this position as soon as possible and it will continue at least through summer.  Our goal is to have a final version pdf of the book ready to share for feedback by the end of June.  Long term goal is to publish It’s Not Too Late as a book and writing partners will get acknowledgement in the book.

 

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, files, and timelines.

  • A background in climate change and policy is preferred.

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

  • 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.

  • Editing and fact-checking using of the fact-checking procedures.

  • Intern supervision including delegation of online research projects and ensuring proper fact-checking procedures are followed, and ongoing support.

  • Book writing project management including organizing and tracking research e-files and timelines.

 

BENEFITS

  • Growth in knowledge of climate change, book writing and editing

  • 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!

JOB LOCATION

Remote work until it is safe again to work in our office at:

12 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

 

HOW TO APPLY

Please apply online at http://www.applywizard.com/0442.395a

 

This online application will ask that you upload a resume and writing sample.  In lieu of a cover letter, the online application asks you to answer the questions listed below.  You may want to prepare your answers in advance and then cut & paste them into the online application form.

 

  1. Why are you interested in volunteering for this project with Frances Lappé?

  2. Please describe your experience and knowledge related to the climate crisis.

  3. What is your experience writing for a popular audience?

  4. Describe your experience writing collaboratively.

  5. How many hours a week and what times during the day, are you available?

  6. When can you begin?

 

Thank you for your interest!

 

 

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.

living democracy, feeding hope

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

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