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Internship and Service Member Opportunities

The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities offers three internship cycles: Fall (September-December), Spring (January-April), and Summer (June-August) in Traverse City, Michigan, in addition to some remote opportunities. 

Groundwork is also a service site for AmeriCorps VISTA and FoodCorps full-year service programs. Available positions are posted below.

A minimum of 25-30 hours per week is required for summer internships. 15 hours per week is required for fall and spring internships.

Successful internship applicants will be awarded a competitive stipend in addition to assistance with housing and unique opportunities in our local community.

Depending on the institution, current students may earn academic credit. Available internships are posted below.

Food & Farming Program Internship
Development Team Internship
FoodCorp Service Member 

 

Position: Food & Farming Program Intern

Description: The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist with food & farming program areas including school gardens, implementing healthy food service guidelines at food pantries, schools and meal sites, farm to school curriculum development, and more. As an intern you will work with nonprofit staff on real projects that will help us grow.  This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience the fascinating world of food and farming policy advocacy while working for a well-established, community-based nonprofit organization.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Helping to develop, design, and maintain resources for our website, blog, and farm to school resource site;
  • Assisting program staff with collecting data from teachers, administrators, and food service directors via surveys or phone interviews;
  • Conducting research on grant opportunities, partnerships, and other program resources;
  • Collaborating with staff on new ideas, directions, and venues for training and communications with local advocates (including teachers, parents, school administrators and community members);
  • Generally supporting the Food & Farming Policy Specialists as needed.

The ideal candidates will possess the following knowledge, skills, and characteristics:

  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. WordPress is a plus;
  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow-through with the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Drive, and DropBox;
  • Demonstrated interest in and passion for food and farming issues;
  • Flexibility and good humor.

Hours: minimum 25-30 hours/week (summer); minimum 15 hours/week (fall)

Compensation: This is a paid internship. Successful applicants will receive a $3,000 stipend, in addition to a comprehensive professional development plan to be developed directly with your supervisor. This position provides a student with an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in nonprofit operations, with potential opportunities for special projects depending on the applicant’s skills. Other benefits include access to an incredibly vibrant community in Northern Michigan and access to high-level staff and non-profit advocates across the state.

Start Date: June 1, 2016 or September 2016

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter and resume to Meghan McDermott, Food & Farming Policy Specialist with "Food & Farming Program Intern" and which cycle you are applying for (Summer or Fall) in the subject line to interns@groundworkcenter.org by March 31, 2016.

 

Position: Development Team Internship

Position: Development & Communications Intern

Description: The Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities seeks a dynamic, self-starter to assist with development and communications. Tasks could include: donor and membership database management, assistance with summer event coordination, and developing content for the organization’s web and social media presence.  As an intern you will work with nonprofit staff on real projects that will help us grow.  

Responsibilities may include:

Data Management Projects

  • Updating member contact data in CIVI database (I.e. cell phones, correct mailing addresses);
  • Adding new contact data to CIVI database (new contacts from events).

Office Assistance

  • Monitoring SWAG inventory;
  • Assisting with Groundwork mailings as needed;
  • Producing handwritten thank you notes as needed after events.

Outreach Projects

  • Assisting with coordination of summer events;
  • Identifying key outreach opportunities for Groundwork, including promoting Groundwork events on community calendars and securing event registrations.

Events

  • Representing Groundwork at fun and engaging public and private events;
  • Learning and implementing development strategies for various summer events (For example: create activity and attend Friday Night Live events).

Communications

  • Social media posting for the Groundwork organization and programs
  • Participating in community photography and videography to graphically depict Groundwork’s programs (build an archive of photos and video clips)

**Applicants should be 21 years or older, and have access to transportation to and from events. 

The ideal candidates will possess the following knowledge, skills and characteristics:

  • Strong organizational skills, including attention to detail and follow-through with the ability to assist with multiple projects simultaneously;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, Google Drive, and DropBox;
  • Demonstrated interest in and passion for Groundwork’s mission and values, and/or nonprofit administration;
  • Working knowledge of social media platforms, specifically Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Hours: 20 hours a week for 10 weeks

Compensation: This is a paid internship. Successful applicants will receive a stipend, in addition to a comprehensive professional development plan to be developed directly with your supervisor. This position provides an opportunity to gain hands-on experience in nonprofit operations, with potential opportunities for special projects depending on the applicant’s skills. Other benefits include access to an incredibly vibrant community in northern Michigan and access to high-level staff and nonprofit advocates across the state.

Start Date: June 1, 2016 (there may be some opportunities in late May)

TO APPLY: Please send cover letter, resume and one letter of reference to Meghan McDermott, with "Development/Communications Intern" in the subject line to interns@groundworkcenter.org by March 31, 2016.
 

Position: FoodCorps Service Member 

We are currently hiring for a FoodCorps service member to begin service in September 2016. Applications are due March 31st. Duties include teaching farm to school lessons in classrooms for grades K-6, maintaining school gardens, and assisting food service with efforts to procure more local, healthy food. More information on our local FoodCorps program can be found at: traversecity.blog.foodcorps.org

Location: 
Traverse City, Michigan
Publicaton Date: 
Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:00am
Company Name: 
Groundwork Center
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