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SEA-Twin Cities Internships - Fall2012

SEA-Twin Cities Internships - Fall2012

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SEA-Twin Cities internship opportunities – Fall 2012
 Social Enterprise Internships – Fall 2012Minneapolis, MNOverview Social Enterprise Alliance – Twin Cities
is the champion for social enterprise in ourregion. Our aim is for social enterprise to reach its full potential as a force for positive socialchange, in service to the common good. To achieve this purpose, we provide socialenterprises with the tools and resources they need to succeed, and work on building anoptimal environment in which they can thrive. For more about us, visit www.seatwincities.org . To learn about Social Enterprise Alliance nationally, visit www.se-alliance.org .Our growing chapter of 100+ members strong seeks smart, dynamic interns who arepassionate about social enterprise and hungry to learn more and support this growing field. We can be flexible with total time commitment and we are anxious to ensure that theinternship meets your own professional development goals. Internships would begin as soonas possible after Labor Day.
Internship Descriptions & Responsibilities
 We are looking for several interns to support two of our committees in carrying out their key initiatives. Work environment will be a mix of attending in-person meetings, participating inphone calls, and working independently to meet deadlines.
Communications & Marketing 
 – Support the Committee’s goals of a) increasing awareness about social enterprise, b) increasing the visibility of our member organizations,and c) promoting chapter events. Interns will report directly to the Chair of the Marketing Committee. Responsibilities may include any of the following:
Create and send e-alerts for upcoming chapter events, identify and pursue additionalpromotional channels and manage RSVP lists for events.
Manage social media feeds, such as Twitter and Facebook. Identify relevant newsitems or partner content to share through these channels.
Revamp chapter website (  www.seatwincities.org  ) to create a more dynamic userexperience with fresh content and updated news items. Explore reorganizing the site(i.e. changing or adding new tabs, enhancing site dynamism, adding a “member only”log-in space, etc). Update content regularly.
Field inquiries from prospective members when appropriate. Forward to appropriateperson any inquiries that require additional knowledge/information.
Research and write stories about member organizations
SEA-Twin Cities internship opportunities – Fall 2012
Identify news and media outlets that may be interested in covering social enterprise.Determine best contact persons and who in our chapter is best positioned tocultivate relationships with journalists.
Draft press releases for SEA events and news.
 Marketplace Committee 
– The SEA Marketplace Initiative is the
first of its kind across allSEA chapters
to build an initiative aimed at increasing the business sales of our members’products and services. This is a cutting edge, field-building effort that may be prominently featured at SEA’s National Summit in May 2013. Options we are exploring for theMarketplace include: developing a new technology platform to support an online purchaseportal (think Angie’s List for social enterprise), hosting a trade show for corporateprocurement officers that features our member organizations, building one-to-onerelationships with procurement officers, plus possible others. Interns will report directly tothe Chair of the Marketing Committee. The project will include two phases; interns may beinvolved in one or both phases.Research Phase – multiple interns needed
Conduct a deep dive on all member products and services sold as businesstransactions (i.e. the person or organization purchasing the product is the same one who enjoys the use of the product).
Conduct a landscape scan of similar efforts around the country and world. Forexamplehttp://www.buywithheart.org/andhttps://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=217835695147279024673.0004a8bf53d030c8c8f83. Identify what seems to be working about each, what itsshortcomings are given SEA-TC’s goals, and offer a set of models that are mostrelevant to the goals of the SEA-TC Marketplace Initiative.Implementation Phase – Once the research phase is complete and the SEA-TC boardapproves a way forward, we will be seeking interns to support the project’simplementation so that there is something to showcase/profile/launch at the SEANational Summit in May. Those who were exemplary in working on the research phase will receive priority consideration for this assignment.
 The successful candidates will have skillsets that match the job descriptions outlined above.In addition, all interns should have strong interpersonal and communication skills and astrong interest in – and ideally significant knowledge of - the social enterprise space.Familiarity with SEA-TC member organizations a plus. Internship responsibilities will betailored to the academic and professional experience of selected candidates.
 All internships are unpaid and each provides significant career benefits such as exposure tocurrent trends in the social enterprise space, interaction with member organizations (many of  which are nationally recognized models), professional work experience, and professionaldevelopment opportunities. Interns will also receive complimentary admission to all chapter

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