WE'RE ALWAYS LOOKING FOR TALENTED INDIVIDUALS FROM ALL BACKGROUNDS TO JOIN OUR TEAM. OUR CURRENT OPENINGS ARE LISTED BELOW.
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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 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
Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 we are looking to fill six positions two paid and four volunteer. The two paid interns take leadership roles as either the Research & Writing Associate or the Social Media Manager. These paid opportunities are typically filled by carryover interns who extended from the previous season. The remaining four 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 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.
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 2021 and Spring 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 summer 2021.
We prefer in-person interns for our fall 2021 season, but we will be flexible and allow remote work for some of (or all) their hours if needed. Nonetheless, our fall selection decisions will give preference to applicants who are available to work in-person in our Cambridge office 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 & CONTACT INFO
Small Planet Institute
12 Eliot Street (2nd floor upstairs)
Cambridge, MA 02138
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.
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;
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!
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HOW TO APPLY
Email your resume and cover letter including your dates of availability to firstname.lastname@example.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."
"At SPI I truly feel I am a part of a team that is working to make a difference in the world!"
JOBS AT SMALL PLANET
Small Planet Institute does not currently have any open employee positions. Please check back here periodically to see if we posted an opportunity.
VOLUNTEER AT SMALL PLANET
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. The bulk of our volunteer needs are for researchers, therefore our need for volunteers is periodic depending on Frances' writing deadlines. 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 your resume to email@example.com.