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BECOME A DEMOCRACY INTERN

The Small Planet office and Frances happily working with interns.

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SMALL PLANET INSTITUTE is currently seeking energetic and motivated interns to join our dynamic team for Summer and Fall 2022. This is a unique opportunity to work with Frances Moore Lappé, author of 20 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 2022 we are looking to fill three or four positions, one paid and 2 or 3 volunteer.  The  paid intern will take a leadership roles as the Social Media Manager.  This paid opportunity is typically filled by carryover interns who extended from the previous season.  The remaining 2 or 3 volunteer interns will be Democracy Interns working to support Small Planet Institute with social media, writing, and outreach.

 

It will be a thrilling time at Small Planet.  We will be working on promoting and curating a critical website www.DemocracyMovement.US.  In addition, we will be supporting Frances’ media interviews for her 50th-anniversary edition of Diet for a Small Planet that was released in Sept. 2021. We also will continue to support Frances’ writing of both articles and her new book, The Truth Will Set You Free, focusing on US democracy reforms as democracy is the “tap root” crisis we must address in order tackle the deepening climate and inequality crises.  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.  Applications are being accepted for Summer & Fall 2022 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 2022.

 

INTERNSHIP LOCATION

Remote until the COVID numbers are low and vaccinations are widespread, but then post-COVID an in-person presence in our Cambridge office will be preferred for at least some of your weekly hours. Small Planet Institute is conveniently located near the Harvard T and our office is informal, spacious, and cheery. Small Planet Institute is conveniently located near the Harvard T and our office is informal and cheery. 

 

ADDRESS & CONTACT INFO

Small Planet Institute

12 Eliot Street (2nd floor upstairs)

Cambridge, MA 02138

E: info@smallplanet.org

P: 617-871-6609

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 Trello, Canva, ContentCal, Zotero, and/or WordPress 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;

  • Supporting academic and book outreach campaigns;

  • Promotion and curation of new website www.DemocracyMovement.US;

  • General office support.

BENEFITS

  • One of the 3-4 total positions is a paid internship position at $15/hour for 16 maximum hours/week.  (NOTE: Selection preference is given for this paid positions to carryover SPI interns who extended from the previous season.)

  • Academic credit available if your college requirements are met.

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

  • 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 food, climate, and democratic movements;

  • And, of course, the chance to e-meet 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.

"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 has no open job opportunities at this time, but please check back occasionally to see if something has opened up. Thank you for your interest!

 

VOLUNTEER AT SMALL PLANET

​Thank you for your interest in Small Planet Institute!  Our volunteer needs are primarily for researchers, therefore our need for volunteers is periodic depending on Frances' writing projects.  We appreciate your willingness to donate your time and we hope to have the opportunity to work with you.  Please note that our volunteer program can be remote, but we do we ask volunteers to work a minimum of 5 hours per week Monday-Friday 9am to 5pm for at least 3 months.  If you are interested and available, please email info@smallplanet.org to inquire if we have any current openings.

If you are interested in volunteering to address the climate crisis you might consider the Environmental Voter Project or Mothers out Front.

If you are interested in volunteering to address the US democracy crisis, you can find organizations working in your state by visiting www.DemocracyMovement.US.