Think Local First: Community Engagement Intern

Winter/Spring 2020

Organization: Sustainable Connections
Reports to: Communications Manager
Location: Bellingham, WA
Status: Unpaid / temporary internship; for credit
Application deadline: Application review begins Saturday, January 18, 2020
Internship dates: January – June 2020 (dates and hours are flexible)

Preferred Major: Communications or marketing related fields

Intern with Sustainable Connections, a nonprofit founded in 2002 that works with dozens of partner organizations, local businesses, and community members. We create thriving communities through innovative ideas, collaboration, and action . . . and need your enthusiasm to remind our community to Think Local First!

Although this internship is unpaid, interns can earn college credit, and the internship comes with perks of working with great people, gaining experience with nonprofit work, and meeting a ton of fun and lively local business and community members. Interns also gain free entry to events where networking with local businesses allows them to shine! While transportation to and from our downtown office is the responsibility of the intern, mileage on personal vehicles used for work purposes is reimbursable (currently 57.5 cents per mile for business miles driven in 2020), we maintain a company bike, and also offer bus tokens for travel while working.

Responsibilities: Promote the Think Local First program during Winter/Spring 2020

Valentine’s Day Staff Picks:

  • Visit local businesses to take photos of staff, shoppers, and / or their favorite pick for a Valentine’s Day gift, and work with the communications team to create a blog post and content to promote on social media.

Spring Break Staycation Itineraries:

  • Research, develop, write, and promote three unique “staycation” plans highlighting local businesses, and work with the communications team to create blog posts and content to promote on social media.

Independents Month Rock Hunt:

  • Help plan and prepare for July’s Independents Month Rock Hunt as needed — including emailing, phoning, and tracking business participation.

Additional Community Engagement:

  • National Day Promotions:
    • Choose national days to create social media content, write blog stories, or conduct prize giveaways on social media.
      • Example: National Muffin Day could include a blog post about favorite muffins from local businesses / restaurants, muffin giveaways on social media, free mini muffins on the street, etc. Creativity and self-motivation enables the intern to steer this project in the direction that interests them the most.
    • Parades and festivals:
      • Leverage existing community celebrations to help spread the Think Local First message by handing out stickers, dressing up in our Bee Local costume, etc. These engagements wouldn’t be formal tabling opportunities, but quick appearances to hand out stickers or goodies. Some evening / weekend availability preferred, but there is flexibility on dates / events.

Membership Support:

  • Research new businesses who might be interested in a Sustainable Connections business membership.

Skills & Qualifications

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Outgoing
  • Creative
  • Detail-oriented, organized, and a self-starter
  • Experienced with content creation for blogs, Facebook, and Instagram
  • Excellent with written and verbal communications
  • Proficient with basic photography skills
  • Familiar with graphics programs such as Canva or Adobe Creative Suite
  • Aligned with the mission of the organization and excited to promote local businesses
  • Eager to be a part of and learn from an amazing team working to make Whatcom County the best it can be!


To apply
: Qualified applicants should send a cover letter, resume, and three professional or academic references to Communications Manager Amy Vergillo at amy@sustainableconnections.org. Please write “Community Engagement Intern” in the subject line. Application review begins Friday, January 17, 2020.

Sustainable Connections complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment. Sustainable Connections is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.

Sustainable Connections is an equal opportunity employer that believes it is the responsibility of the company and all its employees to ensure there is no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, genetic information, or any other protected status.

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