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BECOME A DEMOCRACY INTERN

The Small Planet office and Frances happily working with interns.

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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 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.

 

ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION

Frances Moore Lappé and Anna Lappé founded the Small Planet Institute in 2001. Small Planet Institute spreads an empowering understanding of democracy as the wide dispersion of power, transparency in public affairs, and a culture of mutual accountability. We call it Living Democracy, enabling each of us to act effectively on emerging solutions from electoral politics and economic life to the environment, hunger, agriculture, and beyond.

 

Our goal is thus a future where all communities are thriving with dignity as Living Democracies, fulfilling our essential needs for personal power, meaning, and connection. 

 

INTERN OPPORTUNITY OVERVIEW

Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 we are looking to fill 2-3 positions, one paid and one-two volunteer.  The paid intern will take a leadership role as the Social Media Manager. Paid opportunities are typically filled by carryover interns who extended from the previous season.  The remaining 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. We also will continue to support Frances’ writing of articles and possible  book chapters, 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.  Applications are being accepted for Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 seasons and are considered on a rolling basis year-round.   All are encouraged to apply whether student or not.  NOTE: We are full for Summer 2022.

INTERNSHIP LOCATION

We hope to host in-person interns for our fall 2022 season. This will be dependent on the health situation then. That being said, the fall selection decisions will give preference to applicants who are available to work in-person in our Cambridge office for your weekly hours.  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.  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 DemocracyMovement.US;

  • General office support.

 

BENEFITS

  • Two (of the 6 total) are paid internship positions at $15/hour for 16 maximum hours/week.  (NOTE: Selection preference is given for these 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 (once office is open again);

  • 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 work one-on-one with Frances!

 

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT

https://www.smallplanet.org/join-our-team

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

There are currently no open employment positions at the Small Planet Institute. We encourage you to check this page occasionally for new job postings. 

 

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.