Apply to the Resilient Local Economies Spring 2023 Internship Program!

Internship Overview: Join the American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), Cambridge Local First (CLF), and Local Return for a 12-week spring internship on bolstering resilient local economies. The internship will last from Monday, February 6 through Friday, April 28.  We are seeking a cohort of highly motivated, self-directed, spring 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 a past 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.
  • Cambridge Local First (CLF) is a non-profit network of 500+ 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.  
  • Local Return is a nonprofit organization building community wealth in Rhode Island through ownership and investment, particularly in neighborhoods that have experienced historical disinvestment. We do this by building the local community investment ecosystem, advocating for local policies and practices that support a vibrant and just local economy, and increasing community consciousness and capacity. 
Our internship organizers – from American Independent Business Alliance, Sustainable Business Network of MA, Cambridge Local First – are excited to meet you!
Internship description:
  • The interns will spend 12 weeks this spring, during the period of Monday, February 6 through Friday, April 28, working across three organizations — AMIBA, CLF, and Local Return. 
  • 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: 
Required qualifications: 
  • Majoring in public policy, economics, sustainability, business, or a related field.
  • Be willing to commit 10-40 hours per week.
  • Have good organizational skills and a commitment to detail.
  • Have good communication skills.
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!
Cambridge Local First