opportunity

Public Programming and Library Summer Internship

About the Schumacher Center for a New Economics
The Schumacher Center is heir to the programs of the E. F. Schumacher Society, founded in 1980. It is a leader in the movement to create a new economy— one that supports both people and the planet. The Schumacher Center houses a research library that stewards the rich tradition of community economics and an annual lecture series that showcases the visionaries of the movement. Its on-the-ground projects test and develop models and tools to empower citizens in the economic realm. Through its renowned lecture series and other speaker programing as well as its publications, the Schumacher Center is working at the forefront of shaping this movement and advancing it to a broader public.

The Library, home to a number of special collections and archives, was established in 1990 to meet the growing need for a research center to steward materials representing the rich tradition of community economics. It houses over 12,000 volumes that explore the theory and practice of building ecologically and socially responsible economies, making them accessible to researchers and practitioners through its website, catalog, and by hosting select visiting researchers on-site.

About the Role
To assist staff with its upcoming public programming and the ongoing work of its Library and Archives, the Schumacher Center is seeking on-site interns for Summer, 2022.

Key responsibilities of this position include:

  • Helping plan events, seminars, and webinars, including upcoming programming to honor the 50th anniversary of the publication of E.F. Schumacher’s Small is Beautiful.
  • Helping to identify and manage outreach to prospective speakers, partner organizations, vendors, and other participants.
  • Transcribing, editing, and publishing past lectures and other materials in various formats, including website postings, ebooks, video and podcasts, making them accessible to a wider audience.
  • Creating content for various social media platforms.
  • Assisting staff with cataloging new book collections, gaining familiarity with LibraryWorld, the online library database, and the electronic records of the books and publications.
  • Research websites used by students, educators, and activists and share the Schumacher Center Library as a resource on those sites.
  • Outreach to relevant organizations and academic programs about the Schumacher Center Library, the online catalog and in-person research visits.
  • Updating FileMaker Pro donor database and processing donations.

Note that the list above is not comprehensive. In joining a small and dedicated team, interns will be expected to assist in a variety of ways with program, communications, administrative and other routine tasks, as necessary.

Candidate Profile:

  • A current U.S. Driver’s License and the use of a car.
  • Excellent writing and presentation skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Some audio and video editing experience and computer literacy.
  • Background in event planning, library or archival work is a plus, but not required.
  • Familiarity with desktop publishing programs (e.g. WordPress, Mailchimp, InDesign) is a plus, but not required.
  • Passion for one or more of the following: local economies, earth stewardship and environmental justice, democratizing money, sustainable agriculture, the commons, land access, or worker ownership.

Commitment & Compensation:

Internships involve working 32 hours per week, Monday to Thursday, alongside full-time staff. Internships will run from May to the beginning of September, 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. Additionally, to accommodate the remote locale, interns will be offered housing in a 4 bed, 2.5 bathroom staff house within walking distance for the duration at $600 per month, deductible from pay.

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.