PLAN: Students for Zero Waste and Volunteer Coordination Intern

Application deadline: August 18 (applications are considered immediately on a rolling basis)

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement across the United States. PLAN is seeking a student for their Philadelphia, PA office with a passion for large event organizing and the skills to coordinate a group of volunteers to help run the 4th annual Students for Zero Waste Conference.

The internship is a part-time position from late August through mid-November 2017, approximately, 10-15 hours/week with some night-time/weekend activities, including attending and working through the entirety of the SZW17 conference (November 3-4, 2017). A $2000 stipend will be available.

The student will be expected to outreach to, confirm, and manage a team of student volunteers for the conference. They will work closely with PLAN’s Director of Tours and Events to identify volunteer roles and leadership positions, and develop volunteer trainings. In the week leading up to the conference, the SZW17 intern will be expected to increase their weekly hours in order to facilitate the volunteer training program, in addition to completing a variety of conference related tasks.

Ideal candidates for this position will demonstrate the following:

  • A willingness to learn new processes
  • An ability to perform outreach activities and represent the organization professionally
  • A flair for creative, out-of-the box thinking.
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal communications skills
  • Ability to execute projects and meet deadlines on time
  • Positive attitude with a team player mentality
  • Ability to communicate tasks and keep a clear head at times of high stress
  • Conference organizing/volunteer management experience
  • Impressive wit

Expected Learning

  • An inside look at planning and hosting a large-scale, zero waste event.
  • Increased ability to develop, assign, and clearly communicate tasks to a group of volunteers.
  • Develop key skills for general event organizing and execution, including maintain composure in a hectic, high stress environment
  • Team management and volunteer recruitment strategies
  • A deep understanding of the daily functions of a small startup non-profit

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