Community Land Trust Internship

About the Schumacher Center for a New Economics

The Schumacher Center is a non-profit organization based in Western Massachusetts that uniquely combines vision, application, and communication to further the transition to a new economy— one that supports both people and the planet. Our multidisciplinary approach consists of research, applied theory, public campaigns, and educational events to identify an alternative socio-economic system that is capable of addressing the enormous challenges of our times.

About the Internship:

The Community Land Trust Intern will focus on organizing and building the community land trust program pages on the Schumacher Center’s website so that they are easier to access and have up-to-date materials. The program intern will also support the work of the volunteer boards of directors of the Berkshire Community Land Trust (BCLT) and the Community Land Trust in the Southern Berkshires (CLTSB). The Schumacher Center is seeking an intern for Fall 2022.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Update the online directory of CLTs in North America and around the world, which includes adding new CLTs and expanding information on current entries. The Schumacher Center’s CLT Directory appears to be the only comprehensive list publicly available.
  • Update the CLT resource pages online.
  • Update legal documents with special emphasis on the organizing documents of the newly approved 501(c)(2).
  • With the help of Schumacher Center staff, streamline the online annotated toolkit of CLT legal documents to facilitate replication in other areas.
  • Clean and build the Mailchimp database for CLTSB and BCLT.
  • Research and help write grant applications to support outreach for the two organizations.
  • Develop new brochures and ad campaigns.

Qualified candidates must have:

  • A current U.S. Driver’s License and the use of a car.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Familiarity with public relations and a high comfort-level with interviews and public speaking.
  • Ability to self-motivate and work independently.
  • A passion for local economies and community land trusts.
  • Prior experience with web-editing and design preferred.

Internships involve working 32 hours per week, Monday to Thursday, alongside full-time staff. Internships will run from September to the end of December, with some flexibility to accommodate academic schedules.

Interns will be paid $2,000 per month plus an additional $400 per month stipend for health care.

For the right candidates, this role represents an opportunity to gain experience in non-profit public programming, as well as library and archival work, while helping to further a more just and regenerative economics.

If interested, please send a resume, a cover letter, a 1-2 page writing sample, 2-3 references, and an unofficial academic transcript to schumacher@centerforneweconomics.org.