Cambridge Local First

Apply to the Resilient Local Economies Fall 2021 Internship!

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Internship Overview: Join the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), the Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of MA, and Cambridge Local First (CLF) for a 10-week fall internship on bolstering resilient local economies. The internship will last from Monday, September 13 through Friday, November 19.

We are seeking a cohort of highly motivated, self-directed, fall interns to work with us on our public policy and advocacy, business assistance, and public education work. The interns must have strong organizational, communication and research skills, and have a passion for sustainable economy and public policies.

Above is a photo of the launch of our spring Resilient Local Economies internship program! Our 15 interns have worked on over a dozen projects to amplify locally and independently-owned businesses in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the entire USA!

Organizational overviews:

  • The American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA) is a non-profit organization providing a wide array of tools, templates and support for independent business owners and advocates. AMIBA helps businesses and organizations implement buy local campaigns; organize group purchasing, marketing and other collaborative work; and advance policies that support community-rooted businesses rather than absentee-owned corporations. AMIBA builds a strong Local Economy Movement by supporting the growth and development of local business alliances.
  • The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of Massachusetts engages business and community leaders in building economies that are local, green and fair. SBN envisions a resilient world economy composed of thousands of inter-connected local economies that benefit the lives of all people and all living things. SBN endeavors to build a successful model in Massachusetts and New England that inspires others to join with SBN in growing the sustainable economy movement.
  • Cambridge Local First (CLF) is a non-profit network of 400+ local and independent businesses here in Cambridge. Our mission is to support, promote, and celebrate a “local economy community” by educating the public and government about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of a strong local economy. In accordance with our three-pronged value proposition, our ongoing efforts center on small business assistance, education to the public, and advocacy. We are part of a network of independent business associations (IBAs) around the country, working to amplify local economies in our respective regions.
Our internship organizers – from American Independent Business Alliance, Sustainable Business Network of MA, Cambridge Local First, and Think Local First DC – are excited to meet you!

Internship description:

  • The interns will spend 10 weeks this fall, during the period of Monday, September 13 through Friday, November 19, working and learning across the three organizations — AMIBA, SBN, and CLF. 
  • The interns will have individual project responsibilities, which may include, but are not limited to the items below. Internship organizers will work with interns to identify projects that best match their interests:
  • AMIBA:
    • Participate in training, speaker series, and other professional development opportunities.
    • Interview independent business alliance leadership across the U.S.
    • Support existing programming and services to IBAs.
  • SBN
    • Support the Cambridge-Somerville Black Business Network (CSBBN). Check out a newsletter that our interns helped to design.
    • The CSBBN is a recently developed network that aims to bring together Black entrepreneurs and identify specific programs that can be developed or adopted that will help ensure that we survive the pandemic and thrive moving forward. This new initiative will bring together and work with Black-owned businesses based in Cambridge and Somerville that are in at least one of these phases: (1) Start-Up (2) Expansion (3) Recovery from the COVID-19 Pandemic. Duties include playing a leadership role in our research, including conducting interviews with program partners, surveys with Black businesses, support in launching a Cambridge Fund for investing and/or building capacity in Black and Brown businesses. Support our communications with social media postings, website update and maintenance, creating newsletters, taking notes and archiving, Steering Committee and Network meeting support. Organizing workshops for CSBBN members.
    • Assist in SBN’s local food programming including the Boston Local Food Festival, monthly newsletters to local food producers and buyers, vendor outreach for the Local Food Trade show events etc.
    • Assist in website support and updates.

Required qualifications: 

  • Majoring in public policy, business, non-profit, community development, or a related field.
  • Be willing to commit anywhere from 5-40 hours per week. We are flexible!
  • A sense of humor and passion for local community-building.
  • Good organizational skills and a commitment to detail.
  • Good communication skills.
  • The desire to take feedback and constantly improve!

How to apply: Email a cover letter and resume to Theodora Skeadas (theodora@cambridgelocalfirst.org).  

Our interns from summer 2020 worked on 60 projects around the country!

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