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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 projects that may include: promoting Sustain Dane campaigns and events, curating content and increasing engagement on Sustain Dane’s social media platforms, leading online fundraising campaigns like Giving Tuesday, revamping design and content of our monthly e-newsletter, finding relevant content and creating posts for Step Up: Equity Matters social media pages, designing basic infographics and flyers, tracking social media insights and Google Analytics, writing press releases, maintaining community relationships through promotional partnerships, and other projects as Intern’s interests and Sustain Dane’s needs align.

This position is intended to extend from Fall 2017 through Spring 2018 with a flexible weekly schedule of 8-15 hours per week. While Sustain Dane internships are unpaid, interns may receive college credit for their work. Interns may also receive compensation for their internship through the Dane County TimeBank, and interns who are not students will receive a free bus pass for traveling to/from the Sustain Dane office.

Sustain Dane values diverse perspectives and experiences as vital contributions to fostering a more sustainable future. People of color, LGBTQ+ individuals, immigrants, and people of all faiths and abilities are encouraged to apply.

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

- Collaborative team member and self-starter

- Strong understanding of social media best practices

- An "eye" for basic visual formatting for email marketing layouts and basic infographic design

- Basic understanding of various web platforms and willingness to learn new platforms (including Canva, 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). In your cover letter, please highlight the unique perspectives you could bring to Sustain Dane's team. Priority deadline is October 20.

“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.