The Emerging Leaders Internship Program (ELI) recruits and identifies underrepresented college students with an opportunity to compete for paid internships at Portland’s top companies.
The ELI intern will work collaboratively with two teams at Ecotrust, Food & Farms and Development, to help bring key players in the local food system together, cultivate business relationships, and support the development of a strong regional food economy. This is a “roll up the sleeves” position for a proactive self-starter that can manage a mix of computer, phone, and in-person work with an array of internal and external contacts. It is an ideal role from which to cultivate a network of food system and social impact colleagues in the Portland metro region, as well as to gain familiarity with agricultural producers and supporting organizations across the state.
Ecotrust’s ELI intern will support key projects at the intersection of our unique Food & Farms and Development programs, including the Redd on Salmon Street, and the NW Food Buyers’ Alliance. These two initiatives work at the crossroads of nonprofit and for-profit activity, and require unique funding, program, and business partnerships to sustain them. With guidance from the two supporting teams, the intern will research and help cultivate relationships with mission-aligned businesses and corporations that could be good partners, either for in-kind donations, charitable gifts, sponsorships, or creative partnerships.
Ecotrust is powered by the vision of a world where people and nature thrive together. Since 1991, we have partnered with local communities from California to Alaska to build new ways of living and doing business. From forestry to finance, food access to green building, we work to advance social equity, economic opportunity, and environmental well-being. Together, we are making this place we live a home that we love. Learn more about our work here: www.ecotrust.org
Ecotrust holds a deep commitment to equity and diversity as core principles integral to the work we do. As we add new members across all levels of the organization, we seek diverse perspectives that will add richness to our evolving organization and networks.
- Develop working knowledge of Ecotrust Food & Farms mission, projects, and current partners, in order to vet new opportunities.
- Conduct research into potential partners and funders, develop background summaries on top candidates, identify potential opportunities to advance programming in 2017, and coordinate with VP of Food & Farms and Development to pursue new leads.
- Build relationships and conduct outreach in Portland metro-area and among national networks. Coordinate meetings with internal and external partners, take notes, ensure follow-up on action items to meet objectives of summer project and capture lessons learned.
- Create summary of project work and outcomes; deliver final “lunch and learn” presentation to internal Ecotrust staff.
- Project management, including note-taking, task-tracking, stakeholder coordination, and follow-up
- Developed written and verbal communications
- Developed knowledge of nonprofit operations and familiarity with social impact organizations
- Exposure to innovative food systems work, and developed familiarity with the agricultural environmental sectors
Required – project management, community outreach, and/or partnership development
Preferred but not required – food/agriculture or fundraising/business development experience
How To Apply:
Please apply directly to Emerging Leaders Internship Program. The Emerging Leaders Internship Program recruits and identifies underrepresented college students with an opportunity to compete for paid internships at Portland’s top companies. Application is open from January 15-March 30, 2017.
This is a full-time position (anticipated 40 hours/week), open to current college students as well as recent graduates. Compensation is $15/hour.
Ecotrust is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We believe that a diverse staff of qualified, highly-skilled, and creative individuals is necessary to achieve the vision and mission of the project. We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who can contribute to the diversity of our workforce across a range of dimensions.
Veterans’ Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualifying veterans may apply for veterans’ preference for this recruitment. All required documentation must be included with your application materials.
Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act: We gladly provide reasonable accommodation to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing an application or participating in this recruitment process. If you should need assistance, please contact the Emerging Leadership Internship Program above in advance.