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Internship Opportunities

Sustain Dane internships and volunteer positions provide participants with valuable experience in managing various aspects of nonprofits and connections to Madison area sustainable businesses and organizations as well as city, county, and state agencies dealing with sustainability. Internships are 4-12 months in duration and involve more in-depth knowledge, research and experience in the organization's mission, programing and events. Please contact Lucy if you have any questions about available positions or ideas for a research-based internship.

"Sustain Dane gave me an opportunity to explore the concept of sustainability in its entirety. Through this internship, I gained a deeper understanding of how sustainability isn’t just about “going green”, it is about all of the intersections of our daily lives working together to build a successful community, a fair economy and a healthy planet. And in order to achieve this within Dane County, is takes communication, cooperation, and community." -Amanda, Fall 2016 intern


Available Internship Positions

Social Media & Communications Intern

Help Sustain Dane promote sustainability in the Madison Region by joining our team as a Communications Intern! The Communications Intern will be responsible for promoting Sustain Dane campaigns and events, curating content on Sustain Dane’s social media platforms, contributing to our blog, maintaining website content, producing email marketing material, maintaining community relationships through promotional partnerships, and other projects as Intern’s interests and Sustain Dane’s needs align. The 2017-2018 Communications Intern will be specifically contribute to social media and communications campaigns for Sustain Dane's equity initiatives, including Step Up for Equity and more.

Skills & Characteristics of a Qualified Candidate

- Interest in and passion for Big 'S' Sustainability, including fostering equity and inclusion

- Strong written communication skills with ability to write in approachable, friendly styles

- Strong attention to detail; collaborative team member

- Strong understanding of social media best practices

- Basic to intermediate ability for basic graphic design (specifically on the Canva platform)

- Basic understanding of various web platforms and willingness to learn new platforms (including Mailchimp, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Eventbrite, and others)

To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and a sample of your previous communications work (blog post, graphic design, news article, flyer, email blast, video, etc.)  to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Due September 8.

Community Indicators - Data & Web Developer

Contribute to the growth and evolution of Sustain Dane's new and innovate prototype tool, the Sustainability Snapshot! The Sustainability Snapshot is a community engagement platform that aggregates data on the state of sustainability in the Greater Madison Region. The priority responsibility will be to manage website updates, fixes, and solutions to streamline the accessibility of online community engagement. Because these updates require a significant level of understanding in website development and coding, previous experience and knowledge of (or ability to learn) the Grav platform are required. Additionally, the Sustainability Snapshot Data & Web Developer will review, update, and fix any inconsistencies or issues in our data aggregation and management. Depending upon the intern's interest and ability, this position may also curate and create content for the website prototype, identifying and writing local stories of intersectional collaboration and collating opportunities to take action in the community.

Skills & Characteristics of a Qualified Candidate

- Strong attention to detail and ability; a self-starter and a quick learner

- Strong understanding of data management and best research practices

- Strong understanding of and experience in intermediate-level web development (on the Grav platform)

- Passion for creative community engagement and collaboration

- Strong written communication skills with ability to write in approachable, friendly styles

To apply, please email your resume and cover letter to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). In your cover letter, please describe your previous experience in website and data management and outline your timeline of availability for the position. Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Graduate students and post-graduate individuals are welcomed and encouraged to apply.

“One of my favorite parts of the internship was being able to promote so many of Sustain Dane’s programs. It was neat to see how they’re all connected to one another and how different groups in Madison are coming together to create a more sustainable community. I feel so lucky to have gotten the opportunity to work with such an incredible, dedicated, and hardworking team.” -Kelsey, Spring/Summer 2016 Communications Intern 


About Sustain Dane Internships

Sustain Dane offers unpaid internships, and asks for a minimum one-semester or three-month commitment. As members of the Dane County TimeBank, we are happy to compensate interns and volunteers with TimeBank Hours. 10 – 15 hours per week, flexible within normal business hours. Start / end dates will be determined together by Sustain Dane and the selected candidate.

Students who wish to receive internship credit through their college or university should coordinate this directly with their school’s career center and / or academic counselor. Sustain Dane is receptive to this option if, and only if, the student arranges it.

About Sustain Dane:

Sustain Dane is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Madison, WI, that envisions the Madison Region a national model for sustainability and sustainability innovation and works toward this vision by fostering a rich and diverse community of sustainability champions. We connect to what’s happening locally and globally, identifying opportunities, building networks and relationships, and acting as a catalyst for big ideas and partnerships in our region. Learn more about our programs here.