Green America: Growing the Green Economy for People and the Planet

Industry Working Groups Intern

Hours: 32 hrs/week
Compensation: This is an upaid internship. Course credit is available.
Supervisor: Working Groups Director
Dates: (September-Novemeber) 10 Weeks.
Deadline: Open until Filled.

Green America is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating a just and sustainable society by harnessing economic power for positive change. Our unique approach involves working with consumers, investors and businesses on both the supply and demand sides of the market to build and economy that prioritizes the well-being of people and our planet. Our workplace reflects our goal of creating a more cooperative, environmentally sound economy. We have a participatory decision-making process, which aims to build consensus within the departments and teams.

One of Green America’s core supply-side strategies is the development and hosting of “Key Initiator Working Group.” We have used these working groups to catalyze the rapid growth of green segments of various industries, including solar, recycled paper and community investments. We recently launched the Non-GMO Supply Working Group and are in the research and development phase of two others—“Utility of the Future,” with the goal of creating the country’s first vertically-integrated, 100% renewable energy utility; and Impact Capital, with the goal of exponentially expanding impact investing in the U.S.

Working Groups are comprised of carefully selected stakeholders from across the value chain of a given industry. They meet as whole groups twice and year and special “initiative groups” (which prototype and test specific projects) between meetings. The goals of working groups range of growing solar energy to 50% of US energy production by the year 2050 to bringing non-GMO corn and soy to market dominance by 2024.

Example: In partnership with Ben & Jerry’s, Green America leads a working group of food industry leaders who are working to rebuild the supply of non-GMO food ingredients and animal feed in the U.S. The group was launched in December 2013 at Whole Foods’ headquarters in Austin, TX, and is comprised of approximately 40 participants selected for their subject matter expertise, results-orientation and collaboration skills; and with an eye to achieving sufficient/suitable representation from each of the points along the corn and soy supply chains. The current group includes farmers, seed breeders, buyers, transportation companies, processors, consumer packaged goods companies, industry analysts, and others. The group identifies strategic barriers to non-GMO food supply and develops, tests, and scales market interventions to reduce those barriers.

The Working Group Intern is responsible for providing support to the Working Group Director and Project Associate. For active working groups, the Intern will also provide support to the Non-GMO Supply special initiative groups, including research and writing.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Support the program director in researching, prioritizing and making contact with key stakeholders in the impact investing and renewable energy utility areas.
  2. Support the program director in taking and summarizing findings from stakeholder interviews for various working groups.
  3. Conduct stakeholder interviews directly (with training and approval of project director).
  4. Support the project director in developing written problem statements and profiles of emerging market transformation opportunities.
  5. Support initiative groups and the conveners of initiative groups with research. In 2014, the priority initiatives may include several of the following:
    • Create, harness and disseminate key research to stakeholders along the supply chain, particularly consumers and farmers, so they better understand the problems and risks of GMOs and the benefits of transitioning to non-GMO;
    • Develop and test an e-broker platform to connect non-GMO buyers and suppliers;
    • Develop and test a multi-tier, multi-year contract to provide better assurance for producers and buyers;
    • Prototype a national co-op of non-GMO producers, possibly including marketing and insurance services;
    • Clarify and promote common standards for non-GMO production and processing to bring greater certainty to supply chain participants.
  6. Assist initiative groups by taking and disseminating notes from group meetings.
  7. Assist in the writing and development of project analysis, opportunity profiles, and reports.
  8. The Intern will ideally work 8 hours a day for 4 days a week. Other work schedules may be discussed and negotiated.

Qualified candidates should have the following skills and qualities:

  • Demonstrated communications skills, including business phone and email communications, and the ability to communicate with senior corporate and organizational leaders
  • Demonstrated research skills
  • Ability to learn quickly and work independently as a member of the working group team
  • A strong interest in learning about a variety of issues related to business sustainability
  • Strong writing and editing skills.
  • Bachelors degree.

HOW TO APPLY:

Send cover letter and resume to R. Gaskin at wgjobs2014@greenamerica.org.

No calls, please. Email only. No calls please. Due the volume of applications we receive, we will not respond to every application we receive. If we wish to contact you for an interview, you will hear from us by phone or email.

Green America is an equal opportunity employer.

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