JOIN OUR TEAM
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 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.
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. 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 student or not. NOTE: We are full for summer 2020.
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.
Academic credit available;
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 . 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 have any open job opportunities at this time.
Thank you for your interest!
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. Please email email@example.com 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.