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Donella Meadows Summer Internship

Deadline: April 30, 2017

The Donella Meadows Project at the Academy for Systems Change is offering a paid summer internship. The position, located in Norwich, Vermont, is part-time and will involve up to 25 hours per week. If you are a Dartmouth student with strong communication skills and are passionate about social change and systems thinking, this could be a great role for you.


The internship is an opportunity for Dartmouth undergraduate students to be part of our team over the summer, working closely with our staff on a range of activities, such as:

  • Use social media and other media (e.g. video, graphic design, drawing) to promote the work of Donella Meadows
  • Curate and share existing resources on systems thinking in ways that are engaging and accessible
  • Coordinate with staff and partners on the planning and organizing of program activities
  • Provide feedback and ideas for publishing projects that target students and young leaders
  • Design and run pilot projects that apply a systems approach to sustainable living in the Upper Valley, (e.g. rethinking the use of plastics or energy in the region)
  • Gain experience in grant writing, web maintenance, the workings of a nonprofit, systems thinking, system leadership

The summer part-time position will run ten weeks, between June and August. The intern will work up to 25 hours/week from our office in downtown Norwich, just across the river from Dartmouth. Compensation is $12/hour (approximately $3000 for the summer). All applicants must be current Dartmouth students. (Seniors graduating in the Spring are okay!)

Requirements

We are searching for an intern who is looking to immerse him/herself at the forefront of community sustainability issues. Some exposure to systems thinking or systems dynamics modeling is a plus. You might be perfect for the job if you are:

  • Excited about working on today’s environmental and social problems
  • Eager to learn more about systems thinking and apply it in your community
  • A good writer with strong research skills
  • A critical thinker able to work independently
  • A good team player who can speak up and ask questions and enjoys co-creating with others
  • Passionate, articulate, energetic, and creative!

Application Instructions

To apply for this internship, please send a resume and a cover letter that discusses why you are interested in interning as part of the Donella Meadows Project; how you currently pursue your interests in sustainable, resilient communities; and how working with us fits into and strengthens your goals.

Applications are due by April 30. For consideration, please send your materials to marta [at] donellameadows [dot] org with the subject line “Summer Internship.”

While our main internship period is over the summer, we also welcome Dartmouth students interested in working with us during fall, winter, or spring term if they have a light course load. Work-study eligibility is desirable (but not required) in the fall, winter and spring terms. To talk about the possibility of interning, please contact us by emailing info [at] donellameadows [dot] org.


Volunteering

We are always eager to have volunteers on our team who are interested in sustainability, community, systems approaches, and promoting Donella Meadows’s thinking. Our volunteers help us with community projects, amplifying Dana’s work, and more. Interested? Please get in touch to discuss how you can work with us on our sustainability mission!


Our guiding principles and values

Whether you are interested in volunteering, interning, or being an employee with us, below are the values -largely inspired by Donella Meadows- that guide our work and day-to day-life at the Academy:

  • Love and care: nurturing values that encompass self-respect, inclusiveness, tolerance, responsibility and equality;
  • Collaboration: acknowledging we can’t be transformative by acting alone, we must work across geographical and functional boundaries to create more just and sustainable communities and organizations across the world;
  • Community: reaching out to communities to develop the synergies created when individuals work together;
  • Thoughtfulness: being open to new ideas and sensing our impacts on the wider system as a means of bridging to a more sustainable future;
  • Whole System Vision: learning to see, and helping others to see, the continually emerging, inter-connected nature of living systems;
  • Leadership: developing a network of Systems Leaders who can balance the personal, intellectual, emotional and social aspects of leading;
  • Thriving: imagining systems – communities, nations and ecosystems – that can regenerate and prosper in spirit and physical wellbeing;
  • Transcendence/transformation: fostering hope, which is the doorway to new action;
  • Sufficiency: challenging the myth of material growth as the answer to all problems and demonstrating the benefits that accrue when we live and work in harmony with each other and Nature.

 

About The Donella Meadows Project

The mission of the Donella Meadows Project is to preserve Donella (Dana) H. Meadows’s legacy as an inspiring leader, scholar, writer, and teacher; to manage the intellectual property rights related to Dana’s published work; to provide and maintain a comprehensive and easily accessible archive of her work online, including articles, columns, and letters; to develop new resources and programs that apply her ideas to current issues and make them available to an ever-larger network of students, practitioners, and leaders in social change.  Read More

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