Seeking whip-smart, fun, entrepreneurial, and intuitive part-time interns. This is an unpaid opportunity, for 2-5 hours per week (hours are very flexible). You will be paving the way to support women worldwide through meaningful travel, and to building a one-of-a-kind business. Your assistance helps lay a foundation for the success of a locally based, globally minded social venture. Read on for the full description.
Why it's awesome to be a Half Sky Intern
• Real, first-hand experience starting a social entrepreneurship from the ground up
• University credit possible depending on your program’s criteria (this is an unpaid opportunity)
• Become part of a community of international women’s leaders
• Gain skills related to project management, client management, proposal creation, budgeting, digital marketing, travel, and trip-planning
• Gain knowledge of the world of international development, fundraising, and donor stewardship
• Research-lovers can dig deeply into relevant news, travel advice, and destinations
• Use your compelling writing skills to be a voice on Facebook, Twitter, Linked-In
• Baked goods, coffee, and frequent happy hours, if you like that sort of thing
- Knowledge of (and interest in) current global issues relating to women and girls, relationships with any key leaders and organizations a bonus
- In passionate agreement that investing in women and girls is key to global improvement
- Your own laptop (Mac environment preferred
- Understanding of all the basic computer stuff, with skills exceeding era of Web 2.0 and immersed in social media landscape
- Entrepreneurial, get ‘er done attitude
- Organized, attention to detail
- Excellent writing and editing skill
- A deep understanding of customer service, etiquette, cross-cultural respect
Bonus if you have....
- Fundraising or related experience
- Adobe CS / layout / design skills
- Basic HTML understanding, CMS experience (Weebly CMS)
- Some nifty worldwide travel adventure stories under your belt
- A knack for social media, experience with Hootsuite
- Photography and/or videography skills
- Database knowledge/experience (Salesforce, Blackbaud, Insightly)
- Financial chops/budget-minded (Spreadsheet Wizardry, Freshbooks, Quickbooks)
- 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
- Basic record-keeping and accounting
- Event planning
If you are interested in rolling up your sleeves and helping this one-woman business become something bigger, please send an email with your cover letter and resumé.
Ila Asplund, Founder/CEO, Half Sky Journeys
I've been reading a recent blog by Rebecca Rodskog (who we'll be joining next week in San Francisco for FutureNow! Inspiration Journey #1!) about the importance of mentorship in the workplace, especially for Millenial employees. (And more wisdom about the critical need for mentorship to bridge the generational workforce gap, from Everwise—an innovative business mentorship model which we'll explore on our trip.)
I'd add that for all generations, there seems to be a natural need for connection and an exchange of wisdom both professionally and personally. I think that women and girls worldwide seek these especially, both within our local circles and across borders. On our Half Sky Journey to Kenya, we were thrilled to meet Lindy Wafula who invited us for lunch at her Project Africa women's center. She has a Rafiki Club ("rafiki" means "friend" in Swahili) which facilitates pen-pal relationships across borders, but also provides a local center of support—for women just needing friendship, professional connections, to women who may need shelter from violence or other extreme circumstances.
And I'm heartened by the desire for US-based companies to come together and consider the needs and circumstances of communities across borders.
Would love to hear from you. Please write and tell us more!
Thanks, Rafikis! Now enjoy some Zap Mama...
Maybe you've heard the African proverb: "To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together." But perhaps when we collaborate with truly creative leaders, we can go both faster AND farther!
Half Sky Journeys is pleased to announce our recent partnership with FutureNow founder Rebecca Rodskog. Rebecca is a Change Agent and Workforce Crusader who drives top leaders to transform their organizations to become more innovative, diverse, and purpose-driven.
Half Sky will co-host FutureNow's 2014 Inspiration Journeys, coming soon to San Francisco (June 16-19) and New York (September 30-October 2). These Journeys offer a behind-the-scenes exploration of what some of the most successful and cutting-edge organizations are doing to achieve their future talent and organizational ambitions, from more meaningful employee engagement, to deeper understanding of Millenials in the workforce.
These journeys are geared towards exceptional executive leaders with an eye to the future of Human Resources, Organizational Strategy, and Employee Engagement. To learn more or enroll in an Inspiration Journey, click here. Know someone who would be a great journey delegate? Please Let us know soon—space is limited!
Join us next week, and be ready to meet other great folks who want to make a difference. Portland is is a burgeoning hub for local Social Entrepreneurs. YWSE (Young Women Social Entrepreneurs)—a community supporting the next generation of women change-makers—is seeking insight into bringing global perspective and worldwide reach to Portland’s Social Entrepreneur community. These Portland-based leaders will share their global-scale perspectives, and start the conversation around what matters to you!
All are welcome to join—women, men, and the “young at heart” of all ages and professions.
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