Careers and Internships

Summer Internships

If you’re a current student interested in learning more about waste issues, zero waste solutions and taking action, consider an internship with PLAN. It’s a great way to earn credit through independent study, while contributing to PLAN’s work towards a world without waste. Eligible applicants include current undergraduate students or recent graduates with a strong interest in grassroots environmental action, social entrepreneurship, and student leadership for positive social change. Applicants who are selected must be able to commit to the start and end dates listed below to work out of PLAN’s headquarters in Dover, New Hampshire.

Interns with PLAN can expect to work closely with other young, passionate, creative individuals in a collaborative office environment. They should be ready to have their views challenged and expanded both on and off the clock, to add their own voice and ideas to the momentum of the zero waste movement, and to leave a lasting mark on this organization as a whole. PLANterns should expect the routine of #officelife to be regularly broken up by activities that include touring the facilities of partner organizations such as Goodwill and EcoMaine Recycling, working closely with the student move-out program at UNH, and bonding as a team in the wild outdoors of New Hampshire.

Logistics

*Logistics for the SZW17 Conference/Volunteer Coordinator Intern differ from other Summer internships, and can be found in the corresponding drop-down box below.

  • Hours Per Week:  Full-Time 40 hours/week (flexible) with some night-time/weekend activities
  • Compensation: In an effort to make the PLANternship experience accessible to students in all financial positions we have funds available for compensation for those who cannot find other sources of funding. We encourage applicants to find funding through opportunities on-campus. The application process will be done need blind. If you are accepted to a position we will have a conversation about funding. Up to $3,000 is available for each posting as a summer stipend.
  • Start/End Dates of Internship: Thursday June 1, 2017 – Friday August 11, 2016

**Note: If you cannot fit the above dates into your life schedule, please indicate preferred alternative dates in body of your application email. We will take this into account when considering applicants.

  • Location: Dover, NH
  • Housing: Summer sublets and rentals are pretty cheap in Dover (roughly $300-$400/month). Contact us and we’ll help you get set up. We’re trying to coordinate a group house for all interns to live together in one location!

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are current undergraduate or graduate students and graduates with a passion for grassroots environmental issues, social entrepreneurship, and student leadership for positive social change. Applicants who are selected must be able to commit to the start and end dates listed above to work out of PLAN’s headquarters in Dover, New Hampshire.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can email a resume and a brief cover letter telling us about yourself and why you stand out as a candidate for this fellowship to alex@postlandfill.org with “2017 PLANtern Application – Your Name” listed in the subject line. For the cover letter, name the internships you are applying for (Yes, you are welcome to apply for multiple. No, you do not need to write multiple cover letters) and please feel free to elaborate on one or many of the following topics:

  • Your experience with waste reduction programs and initiatives
  • Your leadership experience.
  • Why you think we need to design an economy around zero-waste (and how we can do it!)

 Application Deadline: 5PM, EST.  March 1, 2017

For anyone considering a future intern position with PLAN, I very sincerely encourage it. If you are looking to collaborate, share with and learn from amazing individuals, do it. If you have interest in being a part of the growth of a young and rapidly changing organization, hop right on. If you intend to have your heart strings pulled on by the people, the small and big achievements of PLAN as a whole, the sunsets, and the occasional office visits by various canine friends, this is your chance. If you want to make a difference and hold responsibility for real changes, this is your place to do it. Be ready to take on a project of your very own ideas, not to be told what to do.

Bekah Vineyard

PLAN intern 2015

Move-Out and Goodwill Partnership Intern

Many campuses want to implement a Move-Out collection, but do not have the means to hold a Sale on their campus. PLAN is working with Goodwill Industries International to provide these campuses with an outlet for their collections. This position will involve working closely with our contacts at Goodwill to research Move-Out program best-practices from campuses across the country, and collating them into a How-To Guide for setting up a Goodwill Not Landfill program. The intern will also be responsible for incorporating their research into PLAN’s existing Move-Out manual.

 

Preferred Skills

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in academic research, from mediums such as scholarly journals
  • Ability to collate research into an instructional and engaging written format
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Willingness to conduct interviews, in-person and by phone
  • Initiative to plan and timeline multi-faceted projects
  • Some degree of knowledge around Move-Out programs and other campus waste reduction initiatives

 

Expected Learning

  • Increased best-practice knowledge of different forms of campus Move-Out programs
  • Campus relationship building and organizational network expansion
  • Planning, formatting, creation, and dissemination of instructional materials
  • Familiarity with style and tone of PLAN’s advising materials
  • A deep understanding of the daily functions of a small start up non-profit
Zero Waste Roadmap Development Intern

Campuses across the country are increasingly advertising rigorous Sustainability goals, including target years for reaching Zero Waste. However, there is currently no official measurement of or certification for ZW on college and university campuses. PLAN is developing a model for campuses to measure their waste reduction efforts, and create long term holistic plans for reaching Zero Waste. This intern will work closely with PLAN’s Director of Research & Resource Development to gather data on Zero Waste measurements and existing campus Zero Waste plans.

Preferred Skills

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate the following:

  • Experience in academic research, from primary and secondary resources such as phone interviews and scholarly journals
  • Ability to collate qualitative and quantitative data into an instructional and engaging written format
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communications skills’
  • Ability to conduct in depth interviews, in-person and by phone
  • Experience with zero waste campus projects, initiatives, and planning

Expected Learning

  • Increased organizational knowledge of campus-wide Zero Waste measurement and planning
  • Understanding of best practices for a variety of campus zero waste programs
  • Increased ability to build relationships and communicate with campus administration
  • A deep understanding of the daily functions of a small start up non-profit
Fundraising Development Intern

As PLAN grows its campus membership and prepares to open an office in Philadelphia, PA, it will be necessary for us to expand our fundraising efforts outside of our current base in New Hampshire. We are seeking a student interested in nonprofit management and development to help us establish creative fundraising campaigns to employ over the next year. The Fundraising Development intern will be tasked with researching and creating a Fundraising Campaign Plan, coordinated with social media promotion, that aligns with the organization’s strategic timeline for growth.

Preferred Skills

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of nonprofit development and management, either through direct experience or course equivalents
  • Familiarity with, or interest in, long-term fundraising strategies
  • Familiarity with, or interest in, grantwriting and foundation fundraising
  • Experience in academic research, from mediums such as scholarly journals
  • Strong verbal and interpersonal communications skills’
  • Knowledge in social media coordination
  • Initiative to plan and timeline multi-faceted projects

Expected Learning

  • Increased knowledge of effective long-term fundraising strategies
  • Ability to evaluate fundraising campaign success and room for improvement
  • Campus and community relationship building and organizational network expansion
  • Planning & dissemination of marketing documents
  • Familiarity with the process of building and executing long term organizational marketing
  • A deep understanding of the daily functions of a small start up non-profit
SZW17 & Conference Volunteer Coordination Intern

PLAN is seeking a student with a passion for large event organizing and the skills to coordinate a group of volunteers to help run our 4th annual Students for Zero Waste Conference. The student will be expected to outreach to, confirm, and manage a team of student volunteers for the conference. They will work closely with PLAN’s Director of Tours and Events to identify volunteer roles and leadership positions, and develop volunteer trainings. In the week leading up to the conference, the SZW17 intern will be expected to increase their weekly hours in order to facilitate the volunteer training program, in addition to completing a variety of conference related tasks.

Logistics (*Different from other Summer internship positions)

  • Hours Per Week:  Part-Time, averaging 10 hours/week (flexible) with some night-time/weekend activities, including attending and working through the entirety of the SZW17 conference (November 3-4, 2017)
  • Compensation: $3,000 stipend
  • Start/End Dates of Internship:  Start and end dates for this internship are flexible. Total time commitment for this internship will be 15-18 weeks, ranging from July 17, 2017-November 17, 2017.
  • Location: Intern must be located in Philadelphia, PA no later than August 21st, 2017. Starting location flexible

Preferred Skills

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate the following:

  • A willingness to learn new processes
  • An ability to perform outreach activities and represent the organization professionally
  • A flair for creative, out-of-the box thinking.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to execute projects and meet deadlines on time
  • Positive attitude with a team player mentality
  • Ability to communicate tasks and keep a clear head at times of high stress
  • Conference organizing/volunteer management experience
  • Impressive wit

Expected Learning

  • An inside look at planning and hosting a large-scale, zero waste event.
  • Increased ability to develop, assign, and clearly communicate tasks to a group of volunteers.
  • Develop key skills for general event organizing and execution, including maintain composure in a hectic, high stress environment
  • Team management and volunteer recruitment strategies
  • A deep understanding of the daily functions of a small start up non-profit
Creative Social Media Intern

PLAN is seeking a student with a knack for creative messaging, writing, and social media. Candidate will be asked to perform the following tasks:

  • Develop social media campaigns to create awareness around issues and solutions to waste
  • Expand the reach of PLAN and the zero waste movement through various digital platforms
  • Regularly share substantial and thought-provoking content on our facebook, instagram, twitter, and snapchat accounts
  • Write articles for PLAN’s blog that explore the intersectionality of the zero waste movement
  • Provide useful photos for web/media content
  • Photodocument the PLANtern experience

Preferred Skills

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate the following:

  • Familiarity with social media platforms
  • A knack for creative messaging
  • Excellent writing/blogging skills
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Videography and video-editing (would be a bonus)
  • Ability to create graphics or design visual messaging (would be a bonus)

Expected Learning

  • A deeper understanding of the global waste crisis and the zero waste movement
  • How to effectively use facebook, twitter, and instagram to impact and expand an audience
  • Experience developing creative social media campaigns
  • A deep understanding of the daily functions of a small start up non-profit

Summer Fellowships

Logistics

Hours Per Week:  Full-Time 40 hours/week (flexible) with some night-time/weekend activities

Compensation: $4,500 stipend for 12 weeks

Start/End Dates: Thursday,  June 1, 2017 – Thursday, August 31, 2017 (12 weeks) with potential for future employment.

Location: Dover, NH until August, with potential for relocation to Philadelphia in the future.

Eligibility: Fellowship positions are intended for recent graduates with intention to transition to a multiple year full time position.

 

How to Apply:

Email a cover letter, resumé, and other relevant materials to Faye (faye@postlandfill.org) for Campus Coordination Fellow applications, Genevieve (genna@postlandfill.org) for Graphic Design Fellow applications, and Alex (alex@postlandfill.org) for Partnerships Fellow Applications. Use the Subject line “Name of Fellowship – Your Name” (ex. Graphic Design Fellowship – Jane Doe)

 Application Deadline: 5PM, EST.  March 1, 2017

Graphic Design Fellow

PLAN is seeking a recent graduate with a knack for aesthetics and skills in graphic design, web design, and marketing to work under the guidance of our current Creative Director, with the potential for a future position. The candidate will be asked to perform the following tasks:

  • Create formatted outreach emails, informational documents, and other media
  • Design web pages using wordpress
  • Provide graphic design support for a variety of team projects
  • Create graphics, logos, and other branding materials
  • Take on various crafty and artistic tasks

Preferred Skills

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate a passion for environmental issues, strong leadership skills and the following:

  • Proficiency in Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Photo-editing
  • Ability to maintain style consistency with PLAN’s current visual identity
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Ability to perform and execute and meet deadlines on time
  • Photography a plus
  • Videography/ Video-editing skills a plus
  • Knowledge of wordpress, pages, mailchimp a plus
  • Web development/coding skills a plus!

Expected Learning

  • Knowledge and experience in using WordPress, Mailchimp, Pages, and the adobe creative suite
  • A deeper understanding of the global waste crisis and the zero waste movement
  • Experience working with a team to manifest their project ideas into clear, engaging, and accessible content
  • Experience developing and managing one’s own creative project(s)
  • Experience using design, formatting, illustration, and marketing strategies to convey the message of the zero waste movement.
Campus Coordination Fellows

PLAN is seeking two Campus Coordination Summer Fellows to join the Campus Coordination team in advising and training the student leaders of the zero waste movement. Each Campus Coordination Summer Fellow will be tasked with the following:

  • Expand campus membership by at least 30 new campuses by performing outreach and responding to inquiries with flexibility via emails, phone calls, video calls and in-person meetings with students and staff
  • Guide students on Zero Waste best-practices, utilizing personal knowledge and experience in combinationation with PLAN’s online training platforms, partnership discounts and extensive resources
  • Rally student excitement and commitment to attend the 4th annual Students for Zero Waste Conference in Philadelphia, PA November 2017
  • Facilitate in-person speaking events and trainings at campuses and conferences across the country

Preferred Skills

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate the following:

In addition to a passion for environmental issues, strong communication skills and a diverse record of leadership and organizing experience, Campus Coordination Fellows must exhibit:

  • Experience in leadership, organizing and program innovation on a college campus (IIdeally in the form of Move Out Programs, Free or Thrift Stores, Plastic Free Campus Initiatives, Hard to Recycle Material Management, Food Recovery, Composting, Zero Waste Events and/or Campus Wide Zero Waste Plans)
  • Strong skills in logistics management, crisis mitigation and advanced troubleshooting
  • Advanced research and writing ability
  • An ability to perform outreach activities and represent the organization professionally
  • Strong written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Friendly, positive attitude with a team player mentality
  • Passion for growing a strong intersectional Student-Led Zero Waste Movement
  • Impressive wit
Partnership Development Fellow

PLAN is seeking a recent graduate with an interest in social innovation and responsible businesses to manage relationships and projects with our growing list of partner companies. Candidates will be asked to perform the following tasks:

  • Regularly communicate and develop relationships with staff at our 30+ partner organizations
  • Develop an annual timeline for engaging partners with various projects (conference, tours, partner discounts, etc)
  • Research and track developments in the industries surrounding zero waste and reuse
  • Create and execute a strategy for reaching out to new partners and sponsors
  • Assist in organization of partnership and sponsorship involvement for our annual Students for Zero Waste conference
  • Develop marketing materials
  • Track progress via metrics and manage the data entry and processing of partnerships
  • Assist in maintaining public relations

Preferred Skills

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate a passion for environmental issues, strong leadership skills and the following:

  • Persuasive writing
  • Strong verbal communication
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Media and/or marketing knowledge and interest
  • Out-of-the Box and creative thinking

Expected Learning

  • How companies are solving the global waste crisis, and how campuses and nonprofits can develop win-win relationships with those companies.
  • Strengthen communication skills
  • Strategies for working with partners and developing new relationships
  • Experience co-creating marketing materials
  • Develop management skills
  • Establish connections between different sectors in the zero waste movement.
  • A deeper understanding of the global waste crisis and the zero waste movement

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