If you are interested in an internship, please contact cheryl[at]createplenty.org.

Create Plenty announces five 3-month volunteer internship openings based in Portland, OR to develop its programming with the International Plastic Quilt Project in schools and concurrent projects to expand its mission to more communities in Portland and nationally: Portland Outreach Intern, National and International Outreach Intern, Grantwriting Intern, Yellow Shelf Project Intern and Web Administrator Intern. Please scroll down for description of each.

Create Plenty is a grassroots environmental and arts non-profit organization focused on raising awareness and finding solutions to eliminating single-use plastic waste.  Be part of an environmental movement to mobilize people toward a culture of resourcefulness and intentional daily living, creating waste-free, local alternatives that are practical and accessible by all.

Portland Outreach Intern

As Portland Outreach Intern for Create Plenty you will learn our strategic vision for both the International Plastic Quilt Project and future concurrent programming.
The successful candidate will learn about community development at a start-up non-profit arts and environmental organization. This position will remain open until filled.
Position summary:
• Contact schools/teachers/students who participated in 2012 to get feedback on their experience to help us improve for next year
• Send out letters to schools/organizations around Portland explaining the project and how to participate.  Follow up with a phone call/email, etc. to gauge interest or answer questions.
• Advertise project through other means (websites, libraries, etc)
• Brainstorm and work on other ways to increase participation (how to get the word out, make it easy to participate, use the web to interface with and engage students, how to make it fun and exciting, etc)
• Look into possible places in Portland for the exhibit in spring
• Work with Create Plenty board to create school curriculum based on school and teacher feedback.
• Find artists/teachers to go into schools in the Spring
• Attend community meetings and events to represent Create Plenty
• Keep detailed records of all work done for next person

Qualifications:
• Able to work independently and take initiative. • Resourceful.
• Dependable and punctual, and able to make a strong commitment to Create Plenty.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Previous project organizational experience a plus
• Driven to work on behalf of environmental stewardship.

Commitment:
Three months, ideally July/August 2012 through October 2012.
5-10 hours per week, including attendance at monthly board meeting and other meetings as necessary.

National & International Outreach Intern
As National and International Outreach Intern for Create Plenty you will learn our strategic vision for both the International Plastic Quilt Project and our vision for future concurrent programming.
The successful candidate will learn more about community development at a start-up non-profit arts and environmental organization. This position will begin in July or August 2012, and will remain open until filled.
Position summary:
• Contact schools/teachers/students outside Oregon who participated in 2012 to get feedback on their experience to help us expand nationally for next year
• Strategize what area of the country to target for more schools. Send out a letter to schools/organizations around the country that explains the project and how to participate.  Follow up with a phone call/email, etc. to gauge interest or answer questions.
• Advertise project nationally through other means (different websites, national organizations like Girl/Boy Scouts, etc)
• Brainstorm and work on ways to increase participation from remote locations (how to get the word out, make it easy to participate remotely, use the web to interface with and engage students, how to make it fun and exciting, etc)
• Summarize list of schools/organizations contacted and their responses
• Work with Create Plenty board and Portland Outreach intern to create school curriculum that is easily accessed remotely.
• Find ways to help schools organize their own exhibits if they are interested.
• Keep detailed records of all work done for the next person

Qualifications:
• Able to work independently and take initiative.
• Resourceful.
• Dependable and punctual, and able to make a strong commitment to Create Plenty.
• Excellent communication and organizational skills.
• Previous project organization experience a plus
• Driven to work on behalf of environmental stewardship

Commitment:
Three months, ideally July/August 2012 through October 2012.
5-10 hours per week, including attendance at monthly board meeting and other meetings as necessary.

Grantwriting Intern
As Grant writing intern for Create Plenty you will learn our vision for both the International Plastic Quilt Project and our vision for future concurrent programming. The Grants Intern provides support to the Executive Director and should expect to take a leadership role in the development of Create Plenty.  It offers the successful candidate the opportunity to learn more about grant writing and fundraising at a start-up non-profit organization. This position will remain open until filled.

Position Summary:
• Coordinate and manage ongoing projects, including follow up with prospective partners for program development.

• Participate in prospecting new private foundations and government agencies as potential sources of funding.
• Copy-edit and proof grant proposals and reports.
• Attend relevant community meetings and events to represent Create Plenty
• Assume other tasks and responsibilities as assigned by the Grants team.

Qualifications:
• Able to evaluate documents for quality control.
• Able to work independently and take initiative.
• Dependable and punctual, and able to make a strong commitment to Create Plenty.
• Must have reliable computer for telecommuting.
• Advanced letter writing and business communication skills.
• Driven to work on behalf of environmental stewardship.

Commitment:
Three months, ideally July/August 2012 through October 2012.
5-10 hours per week, including attendance at monthly board meeting and other meetings as necessary.

Sponsorship/Fundraising Event Intern
As Sponsorship intern for Create Plenty you will provide support for the Executive Director and Outreach interns and should expect to take on a leadership role. In short, you will create prospective sponsorship materials, begin to coordinate our Fall 2012 fundraiser and begin planning our Spring 2013 arts-in-schools exhibit of the International Plastic Quilt Project in Portland.

Position summary:
• Follow up with int
erested prospective sponsors
• Update sponsor levels and benefits
• Secure sponsors for Spring 2013 school exhibit
• Solicit $35 art donations for fall fundraiser
• Secure location for First Friday or Thursday arts event opening in Fall
• Professionally curate art show and entertainment in cooperation with Outreach interns • Secure small raffle donations
• Collect information from exhibit attendees
• Create and follow an effective timeline for achieving the above
• Devise and accomplish volunteer poster canvassing strategy for events (as needed)
• Organize & promote restaurant benefit for Create Plenty
• Write and promote press releases (if applicable)
• Attend relevant community meetings and events to represent Create Plenty

Qualifications:
• Experience organizing public arts, educational and/or environmental events
• Creativity and confidence in asking for donations and enlisting community support.
• Able to evaluate documents for quality control.
• Able to work independently and take initiative, seek help and delegate tasks as necessary
• Dependable and punctual, and able to make a strong commitment to Create Plenty.
• Must have reliable computer for telecommuting.
• Driven to work on behalf of environmental stewardship
• Advanced letter writing and business communication skills.

Commitment:
Three months, ideally July/August 2012 through October 2012.
5-10 hours per week, including attendance at monthly board meeting and other meetings as necessary.

Yellow Shelf Project Intern
Seek out and promote local products that are so green, they are Yellow! The Yellow Shelf Project will highlight local businesses that currently/or could provide a waste-free option when patrons purchase their products. For example, a cafe prides itself on its house-made potato chips. Can they offer these in bulk for small and large events? The same cafe also trains its staff on waste-reducing (and money saving) customer service so that fewer single-use items are used on a daily basis. As Yellow Shelf intern for Create Plenty you will provide support for the Executive Director and should expect to take on a leadership role. You will put community organizing experience to use pioneering our mapping project for waste-free products available in Portland.

Position summary

• Research local food, body care and home product offerings.

• Meet with business owners to garner interest for being a part of the Yellow Shelf Project online.

• Create participation brochure for businesses.

• Update online map of participating businesses and their offerings.

• Develop and execute promotional strategies to highlight these businesses to the public.
• Create and follow an effective timeline for achieving the above

• Work with the Event/Sponsorship intern to integrate with other Create Plenty programming.Qualifications:

• Agility with WordPress or similar web page generation tools.

• Experience in information gathering and organization for public use.

• Creativity and confidence in enlisting community support for the project.

• Able to evaluate documents for quality control.

• Able to work independently and take initiative, seek help and delegate tasks as necessary

• Dependable and punctual, and able to make a strong commitment to Create Plenty.

• Must have reliable computer for telecommuting.

• Driven to work on behalf of environmental stewardship.

* Advanced letter writing and business communication skills.

Commitment:
Three months, ideally July/August 2012 through October 2012, with opportunity to continue.
10 hours per week, including attendance at monthly board meeting and other meetings as necessary.

Web Administrator Intern
The web master intern will take responsibility for managing all aspects of Create Plenty’s website.  This includes maintaining current content on the site as well as implementing new pages as directed by the Board and suggesting new designs and formats to make the site more attractive and user friendly for our targeted audience. This role requires broad knowledge of standard promotional/ branding concepts, online best practices, and standard production procedures within the online design field.

Position Summary:
• Maintain Create Plenty website: Blog, videos, calendar, curriculum materials with content provided by the Board and other interns.
• Evaluate, the current website’s appearance and ease of use with respect to the goals set forth by Create Plenty’s mission and vision statements
• Suggest and implement new web designs that might enhance the website’s appearance and ease of use.
• Work with Yellow Shelf intern to implement online mapping project
• Research, then implement web conferencing software for use in our educational outreach.Qualifications
• Agility with WordPress or similar web page generation tools.
• Communications Design
• Strong design portfolio demonstrating capabilities; and ability to explain your role within each project of your portfolio
• At least 2 years of design experience, organizational skills, and coursework or degree in Art or Design (or comparable experience).
• Ability to quickly familiarize with brand goals, integrate style into design, and deliver projects on time
• Current with interactive trends utilizing internet and other means

Commitment:Three months, ideally July/August 2012 through October 2012, with opportunity to continue.
10 hours per week, including attendance at monthly board meeting and other meetings as necessary.