Apply to the Resilient Local Economies Summer 2021 Internship!

Internship Overview: Join American Independent Business Alliance (AMIBA), Sustainable Business Network (SBN) of MA, Cambridge Local First (CLF), and Think Local First DC for a 10-week summer internship on bolstering resilient local economies. The internship will last from Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, August 6.

We are seeking a cohort of highly motivated, self-directed, summer 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.
  • Think Local First DC has been dedicated to supporting local independent businesses in our nation’s capital since its formation in 2006. Our mission is to support responsible local business(es) and create the conditions in which they thrive; in order to make Washington, DC. a more vibrant, inclusive and equitable place to live, work and play. Our core values are: (1) Integrity: We live our values by shopping, living, and engaging locally; (2) Equity: We aspire to level the playing field and promote diversity; (3) Vibrant Prosperity: We honor the relationships and resources we have; and (4) Entrepreneurship: We bring our business mindset to our organization and decisions.
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 summer, during the period of Tuesday, June 1 through Friday, August 6, working across the four organizations — AMIBA, SBN, CLF, and TLFDC — in relatively equal measure. 
  • 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:
    • Interview independent business alliance executive directors across the U.S.
    • Conduct independent research and produce draft white papers on issues including policy and nonprofit organization management.
    • Update small business toolkits and resources.
    • Assist with membership outreach and membership annual reviews.
    • Maintain technical platforms that support existing programming and services to IBAs.
  • SBN
    • Support the Cambridge-Somerville Black Business Network (CSBBN). Check out our first 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. 
  • CLF:
    • Manage a Move Your Money campaign
    • Engage with a Subject Matter focus of interest for the intern, on: 
      • Community Outreach and Government Legal Affairs
      • Marketing, Social Media and Partnership Programs
      • Non-profit Management and Admin (to include Board Management)
      • IB’s Retail Space (TLFDC’s Local First Emporium and the Retail Summit; TLFDC’s Local First Emporium is a Downtown Space TLFDC manages with 5 local vendors in the space)

Required qualifications: 

  • Majoring in public policy, economics, sustainability, business, or a related field.
  • Be willing to commit 20-40 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 (  

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