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This job expired on November 26, 2018

Democracy Intern Small Planet Institute

  • Date Posted September 27, 2018
  • Location Cambridge, MA
  • Category Media / Nonprofit
  • Job Type Internship/Apprentice
Company Description

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 activist FRANCES MOORE LAPPÉ, author of 19 books, including Daring Democracy and best-selling Diet for a Small Planet, in a small organization doing groundbreaking work in living democracy.  Small Planet Institute is a think tank with a democracy mission inspiring and empowering passionate action for democracy system reforms.

At the Small Planet Institute we believe that ideas have enormous power. So we seek to identify core, often unspoken, assumptions—economic, political, and psychological—now driving humanity to take our planet in directions that none of us individually would ever choose. To this core predicament, Small Planet focuses on solutions: From the crisis of needless hunger to that of democracy itself, we offer evidence-based, life-serving frames of understanding that enable us to perceive and join in solutions emerging all around us.

Job Description


This academic year will be a thrilling time at Small Planet. After having spent the last year writing about democratic movements in the U.S. culminating in our newest book Daring Democracy, we are excited to continue our democracy movement work through social media, research, writing, and our current project, the Field Guide to the Democracy Movement in partnership with the Democracy Initiative.



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.  Preference is given for applicants who can commit for the full academic year except for holiday breaks. Applications are being accepted and are considered on a rolling basis year-round.



The percentage of time you might spend on each work area below will vary by semester depending on whether or not Frances has a book deadline.  The focus will be mainly on social media, but Frances has been brainstorming with interns about a new idea for a book that she is “percolating”.  Work area opportunities may include:

  • Creating and posting social media and web content;
  • Research assistance for articles, blogs, fact sheets, the Field Guide, and other publications;
  • Copy-editing print and web pieces for publication;
  • Supporting academic and partner outreach campaigns;
  • Graphic design;
  • General office support.



  • Stipend of $50 per week;
  • 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!



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 social media content creation and scheduling skills are a plus, including familiarity with Hootsuite, iMovie, and Canva. They are equally comfortable with teamwork and individual work. They excel even with minimal direction and supervision and are also able to follow directions when given. Our interns contribute substantially to the programming of Small Planet. All majors are encouraged to apply.







12 Eliot Street

Cambridge, MA 02138

Compensation this position is PAID: stipend How to apply
This job expired on November 26, 2018
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