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POSTED:  December 18, 2010  /  UPDATED:  February 27, 2012

NOTE: 
Current and past Interns and their projects are outlined at the bottom of this page.

The LOCAL LIVING VENTURE (LLV) program of the Sustainable Living Project / Local Living Festival thanks our wonderful Interns, one and all, for their invaluable contributions to the success of our work in the North Country!

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Currently, these specific projects have been outlined.

Please do not feel limited by these options. 

These Internship descriptions describe our general needs.
You may review this website for other items of interest or find a few items below that you could focus on specifically, or blend to create a fit to your skills and talents.


Contact us about your ideas as well!



SPRING, SUMMER & FALL unpaid Internships available, 
5-40 hours per week.
Fewer hours by arrangement.




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Green Energy Home Survey Coordination




Description

Coordination of the Green Homestead Tours
survey execution.
Eventual monthly tours (one home per session) will result from this work.

Time Commitment: 5 hour per week minimum.

Please see the Home Tours page of our website.

  • review current version of Survey; consider additions, edits, organization in to sections, etc.
  • create online version of Survey with drop-down menus (not necessary but helpful) 
  • initiate contact with approximately 40 local homes that are using renewable energy and sustainable living techniques
  • arrange to perform a site survey at each of these homes
  • compile and report out on completed surveys and survey refusals
  • create video tours of key homes (optional and dependent on time available)
  • complete all database management tasks associated with the project

Qualifications

This Intern is representing their school and school program but are also representing the Local Living Venture to local homeowners whom they are interviewing.


  • professional attitude and manners, tact, punctuality
  • excellent communication skills and ability to handle varied homeowner personalities with grace and professionalism
  • good grasp of grammar and spelling
  • strong computer skills
  • ability to work independently of supervisors, largely online but with daily communication and weekly "face time"
  • Reliable transportation *
  • desire to learn and serve your community

    * Mileage over 50 miles per week reimbursed at standard rates.

Send
a cover letter and resume (if available) indicating your interest in this project to sustlivingproject@gmail.com.




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Simple Living Events Coordination




Description

Assist in coordination of the Local Living Festival
2013
to be held April 27th, 2013 to include year-round events prior to the Festival. 
Much of the coordination happens many months in advance.

Please see last year's  Local Living Festival 2011 Program at
www.SustainableLivingProject.net/LocalLivingFestival

  • research and contact potential Featured Speakers for Festival 
  • research and contact potential presenters, vendors, music, etc. for Festival
  • assist in creation of, and conduct, online surveys of past participants

    For Internships of more than 5 hours per week, some of the following items may be added:

  • seek outreach opportunities and assist in display creation/staffing
  • create online tutorials and video versions of year-round Workshops/presentations
  • assist in creating and manage weekly traditional media as well as expand our social media potential 
  • create ongoing community-building workshops and events related to simple/rural living skills 
  • coordinate a monthly tour of a Green Home & Garden/Farm, including a work-day community component
  • listserv and other electronic communications / database management

Qualifications

  • professional attitude and manners, tact, punctuality
  • excellent communication skills and ability to handle varied personalities in the public with grace and professionalism
  • good grasp of grammar and spelling
  • strong computer skills
  • ability to work independently of supervisors, largely online but with daily communication and weekly "face time"
  • desire to learn and serve your community

Send
a cover letter and resume (if available) indicating your interest in this project to sustlivingproject@gmail.com.


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Simple Living Project Administration



Description

Please see last year's  Local Living Festival 2011 Program at
www.SustainableLivingProject.net/LocalLivingFestival
  • research on various sustainability topics as needed
  • provide support for weekly community-building educational events and classes related to simple / rural / resourceful living skills

    For Internships of more than 5 hours per week, some of the following items may be added:


  • seek outreach opportunities and assist in display creation/staffing
  • write and execute traditional media/public relations
  • create and manage online outreach including YouTube, Facebook, other social media
  • manage various electronic communications 
  • coordinate a monthly tour of a Green Home & Garden/Farm, including a work-day community component
  • listserv and other electronic communications/database creation and management
  • assist in creation and management of weekly traditional media 

Qualifications
  • professional attitude
  • excellent communication skills
  • excellent grasp of grammar and spelling
  • strong computer skills
  • ability to work independently, largely online (daily communication, with weekly face time)
  • desire to learn and serve your community

    Send
    a cover letter and resume (if available) indicating your interest in this project to sustlivingproject@gmail.com.








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Fundraiser / Grantwriter




Description

Please see last year's  Local Living Festival 2010 Program at
www.SustainableLivingProject.net/LocalLivingFestival

  • assist with researching potential funders
  • learn grantwriting strategies and methods
  • solicit event sponsors
  • work within project budgets
  • apply to grantmaking foundations
  • fulfill grant compliance procedures
Qualifications
  • professional attitude
  • excellent communication skills
  • good grasp of grammar and spelling
  • computer proficient
  • ability to accept constructive criticism in regards to technical writing
  • ability to work independently, largely online but with daily communication, and meeting occasionally off-campus (by bus or car).
  • desire to learn and serve your community

Send
a cover letter and resume (if available) indicating your interest in this project to sustlivingproject@gmail.com.




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Graphic Art, Social Media,
and Community Outreach Creation


Description
  • create thematic posters and relevant hand-outs for various outreach media and  events.
  • explore new and dynamic creative opportunities for the Project to engage both the community and yourself
  • optional:  based on skills and interests, take photographs/videotape events
  • optional:  based on skills and interests, work within social media milieu on our behalf
  • relevant database management
Qualifications
  • professional attitude
  • excellent graphic arts, communication, and editing skills
  • excellent grasp of grammar and spelling
  • strong computer skills
  • ability to work independently, largely online (daily communication, with weekly face time)
  • desire to learn and serve your community

    Send
    a cover letter and resume (if available) indicating your interest in this project to sustlivingproject@gmail.com.

POSTED:  December 18, 2010  /  UPDATED:  December 29, 2011


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Resourceful Skills-Building
Workshop Creation & Execution

Skills-Building Workshops

Assist the Local Living Venture in overall planning, to research and create handouts, and

Description

  • assist the Local Living Venture in overall planning of the events schedule as well as individual workshop creation
  • set-up and attend as many workshops as possible, mainly on Saturday mornings 10-noon, though some are in the evening or afternoon. 
  • research and create thematic posters and relevant hand-outs for events
  • optional:  based on skills and interests, take photographs/videotape events
  • optional:  based on skills and interests, work within social media milieu on our behalf
  • relevant database management and website posts, including limited RSVP management

    For a list of possible workshops and events to be hosted by the LLV see The Big List.
Qualifications
  • professional attitude
  • excellent communication, and editing skills
  • excellent grasp of grammar and spelling
  • strong computer skills
  • ability to work independently, largely online (daily communication, with weekly face time)
  • desire to learn and serve your community

    Send
    a cover letter and resume (if available) indicating your interest in this project to sustlivingproject@gmail.com.

POSTED:  December 29, 2011  /  UPDATED: 


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Mini Internships
(12 - 25 hours total)


Descriptions

1)  Social Media
Review the topics covered on the Sustainable Living Project / Local Living Festival Facebook page for content, style, and general inspiration.  Research and write a compendium of complete "ready-to-go" posts for future use by the SLP on a wide variety of (categorized) sustainability issues.

2)  Small-Scale Food Processing Education Committee
The Value Added Institute or similar projects will have various opportunities for a student interested in learning more about local processing of locally grown foods.  Exact details dependent on priorities to be established by the Small-Scale Food Processor's Assn., but there will be plenty to do!  Please check in as the time draws near.

3)  Skills-Building Workshops
Assist the Local Living Venture in overall planning, to research and create handouts, and set-up and attend as many workshops as possible, mainly on Saturday mornings 10-noon, though some are in the evening or afternoon.  For a list of possible workshops and events to be hosted by the LLV see The Big List.

4) 
"One Sustainable Thing" Campus Event
A complete Guide will lead you through creating a fun and informative week of "One Sustainable Thing" Pledge events for both students and faculty.  Help your campus inhabitants reduce their ecological footprint each day.  Encouraging people to think about a single topic per day will make them feel empowered and help them realize that small changes in lifestyle can create a large impact. The campaign is spelled out for you to replicate with minimum hassle and expense but maximum satisfaction when you see other students, clubs, societies, professors, administrators, and the college service providers all getting in to it!  This project is best done as a group endeavor.

5)
All About Media
If you can't get the word out, it's not  going to be a very big event!  Learn the basics of media management, write real press releases for real events, then see them published!  Strong writing skills advised.


6) 
All About Grant-Writing
If you can't raise the money, it's not going to be a very useful event!  Learn the basics of technical writing for grants and research both grant content and  availability. Strong writing and research skills advised.


7) 
All About Feasibility
Assist our SLU CBL Research Associate with research for a feasibility study regarding the upcoming
Hub Agricultural Depot & Rural Resource Center.  This document will be used to earn grants for the creation of a regional food system infrastructure that currently does not exist.  "Local food for local people."


Qualifications
  • professional attitude
  • excellent communication, and editing skills
  • excellent grasp of grammar and spelling
  • strong computer skills
  • ability to work independently, largely online 
  • desire to learn and serve your community

    Send
    a cover letter and resume (if available) indicating your interest in this project to sustlivingproject@gmail.com.

POSTED:  January 18, 2012  /  UPDATED:  February 27, 2012


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The Local Living Venture thanks our wonderful Interns,
one and all, for their invaluable contributions to the success
of our work in the North Country!


Past & Current Interns:

SPRING 2012
SUNY Potsdam ~ Chelsea Coons ~ Community Health Program ~ 37 hours per week
Creating five new Nutritious Delicious cooking seminars as well as updating and executing a third version of the Nutritious Delicious Grains and Beans workshop.  Create Resource Guides, posters, press releases,
and Facebook posts relevant to the seminars.  Seek community resources, mentors, presenters and sponsors for these events.  Attend Logic Model training sessions and community events relevant to the project.


St. Lawrence University ~ Community Based Learning (CBL) ~ 88 hour requirement each
"Psychology 413" course ~ Professor Emma  Ogley-Olliver
Scott Houser & Will Chabot, Research Associates
"The Hub" Agricultural Depot Feasibility Study, Sustainable Living Project of the North Country (SLP/NC)

  • Locate four to six feasibility studies for similar projects.  Compare and contrast to assess similarities, differences, key factors.  Prepare a brief report including the full studies and any observations.
  • Research topics as needed for "The Hub" Feasibility Study to be presented to funders, local government and other stakeholder agencies.  Topics will be related to regional farm viability vectors and will involve research into county, state and federal data, including census materials, and involving personal interviews to provide anecdotal poignancy to the findings.

FALL 2011
SUNY Potsdam ~ Alyssa Lemmerman ~ Office of Experiential Learning ~ 80 hours total
Assisted the planning and implementation of the Local Living Festival 2011 ~ helped to create the six-campus Sustainability Forum, responsible for sending out dozens of presenter recruitment letters and following up on them, creating new ideas for potential workshops, researched zero-waste certifying agencies and performed various tasks relevant to this committee, local Community Supported Agriculture display research and creation, assist in administration of the on-site Welcome Tent (sign-ins, recruitment, sales, etc.) and administrative work related to the Festival.

SPRING 2011


SUNY Potsdam ~ Brandi Bishop ~ Community Health Program ~ 37 hours per week
Creating a campus-wide Sustainability Week event that is export-able to other campuses as well, assisting in the advancement of a "Nutritious Delicious" cooking class, attended the NOFA-NY organic agriculture conference with SLP Coordinators, created the SLP / LLF Facebook page, various administrative functions.

Sponsoring SUNY Potsdam Professor:  Heather Sullivan-Catlin
SUNY Potsdam ~ Ian Glaser & Danny Graves ~ Sociology # Society & Environment course ~ 12 hours minimum
The SLP plans to contact nearly 40 potential Home Tours sites,and then administer a survey assessing the features of each site in order to facilitate a monthly Green Home & Garden/Farm Tour program.  This internship involves completing the survey (may be based on some community interviews) and organizing the potential contact list to contain all relevant information.
SUNY Potsdam ~ Nate Maser ~ Sociology # Society & Environment course ~ 12 hours minimum
Social media and outreach:  seeking out links to useful resources that can be posted to the SLP / LLF Facebook page, writing the status post text to accompany the link, re-posting appropriate items to the Resources page of the website, assisting in creation of artwork for co-Interns projects as well.
SUNY Potsdam ~ Chris Deck ~ Sociology # Society & Environment course ~ 12 hours minimum
Research of up to four topics for informative text to be used in stand-alone displays. Creation of at least one display in toto.

SUNY Potsdam ~ Jaimie Martineau ~ Experiential Education Intern ~ 40 hours minimum
Support other SUNY Potsdam Interns with creative and beautiful artwork to enhance the outreach experiences that are developed for various Projects.

St. Lawrence University ~ Community Based Learning (CBL) students
"CBL 100"  course ~ Professor Kara McLuckie
2
5 hour requirement per student

~ Lillian Donahue ~ Community Based Learning (CBL) Mentor

Liaison between the three CBL students and the SLP / LLF, ensuring that communications, expectations, and "deliverables" are understood and are being met.
~ Pete Clancey  ~ CBL Student
~ Charlie King  ~ CBL Student
Charlie and Pete are designing surveys for Professors, Administrators, Staff and Students to determine what topic-appropriate speakers may already be invited to provide discourse on campus (that the SLP and CBL students may be able to work with as well, while they are here) and what speakers the survey recipients would additionally like to see invited here.  This work informs both the Local Living Festival "featured speaker" search process and the SLP's year-round workshops and events.  Speakers will be contacted, with a regional bias (the closer the better) in most instances.  There will be exceptions to "regionality" based on survey results.  Noted climate author Jerry Jenkins was among the speakers netted for the 2011 Festival by the efforts of this internship.
~ Matt Burke  ~ CBL Student
Matt's project mirrors that of Charlie and Pete's but with a specific focus on Food and Community speakers as part of Professor MacLuckie's course by the same title.




FALL 2010


St. Lawrence University ~ Community Based Learning (CBL) students
"A Literary Harvest" course ~ Professor Natalia Singer
2
5 hour requirement per student

~ Chase Fisher
~ Sam Hughes
~ Emma Rentz
~ Andrew Vance
~ Paige Veidenheimer


Assist with the first ever Local Living Festival: attending organizational meetings and taking on myriad tasks as needed in the final month of preparations and assisting in various capacities on the day of the Festival, as well.  Staffing the SLP / LLF booth at the Canton Farmer's Market for the month of October, interviewing shoppers and farmers about potential Workshop topics.  Create and administer a survey of student interest in potential Workshop topics over 5 days of tabling events at Dana Dining Hall.  Creating and facilitating a successful  "Nutritious, Delicious" cooking class featuring cheap and healthy foods students can cook as their meal plans run low.  All facets of Workshop creation including media.

The Sustainable Living Project / Local Living Festival thanks our wonderful Interns, one and all, for their invaluable contributions to the success of our work in the North Country!

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Chelle Lindahl,
Feb 22, 2011, 12:01 PM
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