Do you know about Portland State University's Sustainability Internship Program?
PSU’s Sustainability Internship Program makes gaining real-world experience more accessible to more students by offering paid internships in the sustainability field, and they are featuring Half Sky Journeys among their internship providers!
The word from PSU advisor and global soul Mary Vance:
We would be happy to work with you to help you receive academic credit for this internship. Here is a link to information about how to get academic credit at Portland State University: http://www.pdx.edu/careers/getting-experience-through-internships#Credit
If you are a currently registered and enrolled Portland State University student, you may also inquire about the possibility of applying for funding through the Sustainability Internship Program, student initiated internship pilot program. For more information on that source of funding, please contact Mary Vance at firstname.lastname@example.org; 503-725-4972
Application deadline and start date:
Open until filled. For best consideration, please submit your application no later than Wednesday, August 26th, 2015. The internship will start as soon as possible after candidates are selected.
Current Internship Projects: In partnership with a learning tour company called Global Engagement Institute, Half Sky Journeys is building two Women’s Leadership Journeys, in Rwanda and Vietnam.
The Half Sky Journeys internship is for students who are interested in learning more about what it takes to build a social impact business. Portland State University is offering specific credit and help for their students, but students of other schools, or mid-career professionals or "encore" career adults looking to explore new fields are also welcome to apply directly and get involved with Half Sky Journeys!
Potential Internship Positions “titles”--
There is a wide variety of learning opportunities for students from various majors. Internships can be customized for the range of skills upon which an intern wishes to focus. Some sample positions may include but are not limited to the following:
Social Media “Butterfly”
Develop your compelling writing skills to be a voice on the Half Sky Journeys blog, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other media. Learn best practices for social media planning and strategy; learn online management tools like Hootsuite, and E-mail management tools like Mailchimp. Social media is a key part of operational project management—interns get exposure to shared task management tools similar to Salesforce, Zoho, Insightly.
Explore the depth and breadth of resources available around travel, women’s empowerment, NGOs and social businesses. Research-lovers can dig deeply into world leader profiles, relevant news, travel advice, and destinations. This is an opportunity both to discover and to organize a wealth of information into practical categories; and to learn more about information and database management.
From big-picture financial business planning; expense reporting; invoicing—Learn how to make cashflow spreadsheets; Profit & Loss Reports; and more. Impact statistics can also be an important part of this intern role—gain knowledge on measurement and evaluation practices in social businesses and nonprofits. Learn about how this information can translate into improving business strategy, reach, and reputation. Spreadsheet lovers welcome.
Design and HTML for designers and aspiring designers too!
In our entrepreneurial world, we need to wear many hats! If you have an interest in graphic design, web design, photography—Half Sky Journeys can show you a range of web tools that start-ups use to get a tiny business up, running, and looking professional. There are lots of options even for those without design training. If you do have design training, this is an excellent opportunity to apply your skills to real-world projects, to get access and training on Adobe Creative Suite and other world-class software and web tools; and to learn the basic language, digital tools, and best practices for project management and file-sharing for web projects.
Databases & Customer Relationship Cultivator
The skills of customer relationships and database management are bound to be at the heart of most any job in any sector. You can learn more about how these systems operate, compare and contrast customer database tools, learn about opportunities and pipelines in the sales or fundraising process, and learn how to maintain contact databases, report key information, and best practices for managing contacts through technology and through relationships.
Why it's awesome to be part of Half Sky Journeys
Example Skills & Learning You Can Gain:
- Streamline a database / client relationship management system
- Help prepare marketing and outreach materials
- Create compelling social media messages, e-news, etc.
- Research prospects, potential partners, travel destinations
- Financial projections and record-keeping
- Event planning (project and logistical management both for international trips and for domestic promotional events)
- Knowledge or interest in current global issues relating to women and girls
- In passionate agreement that investing in women and girls is key to global improvement—or at least open to learning more about why it is!
- Your own laptop (Mac environment preferred), tech savvy
- Entrepreneurial, get ‘er done attitude
- Organized, attention to detail
- A willingness to learn impeccable customer service, etiquette, cross-cultural respect
- Men are not excluded— you are encouraged to apply!
If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves and being part of a tiny social entrepreneurship that is growing into something bigger, please send an email with your cover letter and resumé to email@example.com. Thank you!
Be sure to include:
1. Why you are interested in this opportunity
2. Which roles and/or tasks are most appealing to you and why
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