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5 Reasons You Should Intern With Plant With Purpose


Written by Kenzie Leas on March 11, 2014 in General, News & Events

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It’s that time of year: The sun is beginning to shine a little brighter, the beach is beckoning you every hour of the day, and your spring semester is in full swing; that means it’s time to start planning your summer. You could work the same nanny job you did last year or spend the whole summer at the beach. Better yet, you could aid in the efforts to spread awareness in changing the lives of the rural poor around the world, starting right here in San Diego (and still have time to do all of the above.)

At Plant With Purpose, we’re serious about our partners: from donors and foundations, to board members, volunteers and interns, we take interest in connecting your gifts and talents with our work and connecting the dots with our complex mission. Here are a few reasons why we think you will love interning with Plant With Purpose:

1. You’ll have a tailor-made experience.

Our internships are not a one-size-fits all experience. We spend time throughout the internship to fully understand the motivations, skillsets, and intentions of why you’re here. We ensure that not only Plant With Purpose benefits from your gifts, but that you also benefit from your time here. We foster an environment that allows our interns to be creative, independent self-starters who help drive our organization to achieve new heights. You want to write a blog series on Creation Care? You got it. Want to develop a better advocacy campaign? Go for it. See a way to streamline our processes? We’re listening. We’ll dream with you and support you all the way.

2. You’ll learn the ropes from our diverse team of professionals.

With a close-knit team of professionals who are all passionate about the work of Plant With Purpose, you’ll learn more than you ever thought possible from a summer internship. Our team consists of professionals with incredibly diverse skillsets and backgrounds, and our interns are encouraged to probe them with questions and learn about the who, what, and how of transforming rural poverty. Our interns have access to a wealth of information and experience; it’s just up to you how much you want to take in.

3. You’ll acquire professional development tips and tricks from the pros.

We offer a handful of workshops specifically designed to round out our interns’ experience, including: Strengths Finder workshop, resume and cover letter building, interviewing tips and practice, and Q&A with our directors, just to name a few. Curiosity encouraged.

4. You’ll make valuable connections and expand your network.

Did we mention our staff is very well connected and established in their fields? From programs and research, to nonprofit administration, fundraising and marketing, you’ll have access to a range of networks.

5. You’ll gain a complex understanding of the connection between poverty, faith, and the environment.

Our interns are not just help for the summer, they’re lifelong partners in the fight against rural poverty and environmental degradation. We know our partners are the best catalysts for advocacy and awareness and we want our interns to be a part of our mission for the long-term. We spend time helping our interns understand how all three areas of our mission are interwoven, and once you get it, you’ll want to tell everyone about it. You’ll also have the opportunity to see impact reports of sustainable community development, speak about our impact at local events, and network with other individuals who are passionate about how Plant With Purpose is equipping families to change their circumstances, provide for their children, and live with God-given hope and dignity.

Oh, and lets not forget, we’re based in San Diego, which means frequent picnics at the bay, friendly competitive games of ultimate frisbee, and service projects with our partners at local community gardens. We hope you’ll consider joining us. We have current internship openings in Marketing and Outreach, Grant Writing, Monitoring and Evaluation, and Graphic Design. Visit our internship page to learn more. And be sure to get your applications to the Internship Coordinator by April 15.


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