CascadiaNow! is an exciting place for interns from all over the bioregion to learn the inner workings of a small, grass-roots non-profit organization. We offer internships, typically at least one academic quarter, either for individual study or for school credit. We are happy to have you put your skills to work on a current project that you'd enjoy or to discuss designing a new project that is aligned with your learning goals and passions.


Open Internship Positions

 

FINANCE AND ADMINISTRATION INTERN

CascadiaNow! seeks a motivated intern with a strong work ethic to document all finance and administration workflows. This position will report to the Associate Director and will have a unique opportunity to help formalize the operations of a nascent nonprofit.

Minimum time commitment: 8+ hours/week for three months

Duties include:

  • Shadowing the Associate Director to learn all current finance and administration workflows

  • Making recommendations on workflow improvements

  • Formalizing workflows in an easy-to-navigate document

  • Conducting research projects related to human resources best practices

  • General administrative tasks as needed

Required skills:

  • Proven ability to work independently and meet deadlines

  • Close attention to detail

  • Strong written and verbal communication

Successful candidates will have an interest in nonprofit management as well as bioregionalism and/or the Cascadian social movement.

 

 

SOCIAL MEDIA INTERN

The CN! Outreach team is looking for a tech savvy social media guru to help streamline our branding and increase our online presence! This position will report to the Director of Programming and Outreach and will have the opportunity to grow our ever-expanding network across the bioregion. 

We ask for a time commitment of 8-10 hours a week.

Duties Include: 

  • Maintaining social media presence including weekly posting to various platforms
  • Blog and content writing 
  • Research and promote topics/articles/events relevant to CN! and Cascadia for dispersal to 22K+ person base
  • Assist in creation and dispersal of social media campaigns
  • Consistently work with staff to improve visual design and social media strategy
  • Hone a consistent narrative and voice for CN! across digital platforms

Required skills:

  • A niche for social media and communications and familiarity with diverse social media platforms
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently 

A successful candidate will have an interest in social media management as well as bioregionalism and/or the Cascadian social movement.

 

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN INTERN

The CN! Outreach team is looking for a passionate graphic design intern to help us with new Cascadia driven programming projects! This is a fantastic opportunity for an up and coming graphic designer looking to add to their portfolio, while also having their work displayed to a large online audience! The Graphic Design Intern will report to the Director of Programming and Outreach.

We ask for a minimum time commitment of 8-10 hours a week.

Duties Include:

  • Collaborating with the Outreach and Programming team to create promotional images and materials for programming/activism campaigns, such as Made in Cascadia.
  • Creating graphics and design layouts for posters, flyers, email newsletters, the CN! website, blog, and social media accounts.
  • Utilizing strong written skills and bring effective visual ideas from concept through to completion
  • Engage in projects assigned by various staff members related to different operational needs.

Required Skills:

  • Must be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite
  • Open to collaboration and constructive criticism
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Self starter who takes initiative to complete projects

A successful candidate will have interest in pursuing a career in graphic design and a passion for bioregionalism and/or the Cascadian social movement.

 

VIDEO/PHOTO DATABASE DESIGN INTERN

CascadiaNow! seeks an intern with both a sense of visual story-telling and a knowledge of database design.  This person will define and build a searchable visual library that is scalable for our future growth.  This position will report to Development Director and will be given freedom to incorporate their own ideas and experience into structuring a highly-intuitive library.

Minimum time commitment: 8+ hours/week for three months

Duties include:

  • Review with Development Director the types of images currently available and likely to be added
  • Recommend search categories and/or terms, including required permissions information.
  • Create a draft library for presentation to current staff for feedback.
  • Making recommendations on how to select existing images for archiving or current access.
  • Write a basic Library “Procedures and Policies” guide to enable current and future staff to easily find and/or add new video and still images

Required skills:

  • Proven ability to work independently and communicate regularly
  • Willingness to seek information and answers from a wide variety of sources.
  • Familiarity with Google Drive.
  • Comfort working with people whose technology familiarity varies widely.

Strong candidates will be able to demonstrate awareness of the Cascadia bioregion, and describe how this internship supports their career goals.

 

 

 

CORPORATE GRANT-MATCHING RESEARCH INTERN

CascadiaNow! seeks an intern who is interested in contacting HR departments throughout the Pacific Northwest electronically and by phone.  This person will create an internal searchable list of organizations which offer “matching” for employee donations of time and/or money. 

Minimum time commitment: 6+ hours/week for four months

Duties include:

  • Work with Development Director to identify company identification variables, priority of contacts.
  • Establish internal files to collect, save and search results of communications.
  • Develop e-mail template to initiate inquiries, send to selected companies as test of clarity and responsiveness.
  • Refine email and telephone process, begin sending emails in priority order by group.
  • Gather data and input into internal files; report regularly to Development Director about results and challenges
  • Make phone calls to gather information from non-respondents

Required skills:

  • High level of responsiveness to email communications
  • Ability to deal with incomplete data and find answers and/or continue with partial information.
  • “Friendly” persona when communicating with company personnel.

Strong candidates will be able to demonstrate awareness of the Cascadia bioregion, and describe how this internship supports their career goals.

 

 

BENEFITS TO INTERNING WITH CASCADIANOW!:

  • A unique perspective on the inner workings of a blossoming grassroots nonprofit and social movement.

  • Networking opportunities with many passionate Cascadians!

  • Professional references upon successful completion of internship.

  • Lots of free stickers.

 

 

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Past Interns

Mikey Callan

Sustainability Intern, Marchthrough June, 2017

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Mikey was an environmental impact assessment intern. He audited transactions and the store database, analyzed internal operations, uncovered some inefficiencies, and provided feedback on options that reduce cost and carbon emissions. He researched the impact of the store and employee activity and developed a life cycle assessment report. He roughly quantified CascadiaNow!’s carbon footprint and made comparisons with similar non-profits.

Taylor McAvoy

Communications Intern, June 13, 2016 to September 12, 2016

Taylor created and still maintains Faces of Cascadia, a blog series of profiles highlighting some of her fellow Cascadians with in depth interviews about their work, life and inspirations. Faces of Cascadia has become a popular series and is continuing to accept suggestions. Taylor has also photographed and reported Cascadian events such as the Fremont Solstice Parade, Cascadia NW Music and Arts Festival, and the Ballard P-patch Community Art in the Garden while providing stock nature photography from her hikes around Cascadia to connect people to nature and inspire adventure. She helped manage social media while promoting all her own articles and finding other Cascadian events and artists to promote on twitter.

Yingjie Gu

Communications Intern, June 13, 2016  to September 9, 2016

  • Created internship project proposal to reach out to the agriculture community and explore agriculture culture in Washington State.
  • Researched local organic farms and organized collected information into charts.
  • Contacted farms through emails and in person at farmers’ markets to schedule farm visits and interviews.
  • Prepared interview questions and coordinated with farmers for successful farm visits and interviews.
  • Produced project video storyboard and directed all video filming.
  • Edited video footage to create a shareable,  educational local agriculture culture video.
  • Wrote a project recap blog post for CascadiaNow!’s website.
  • Promoted the video and project blog post on CascadiaNow’s official Facebook and Twitter account.
 

Mariah Edwards-Heflin

Communications Intern, April 5th through June 11th, 2016

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Mariah independently discovered, researched, reported, and designed and eleven article series on The Ten Principles of Bioregional Living which included interviews with fellow Cascadians. She assisted in managing the CascadiaNow! Facebook page and Twitter account, promoting her own articles as well as sharing many other bioregional news. The Tweets she composed with inspirational quotes, sustainable lifestyle articles and Cascadian environmental news were especially engaging and popular.

Isaac Chandler

Program & Outreach Intern, February 1st through May 30th, 2016

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Isaac is proud to have set up the first annual Cascadia Collegiate E-Cup. Creating and holding this new event included budgeting and reimbursements, inviting collegiate teams throughout Cascadia, and coordinating both online and live event aspects. As a CascdiaNow! intern, Isaac also helped out at CascadiaNow! events. He was a part of all event aspects from planning to tabling.

Adrianna Hennessey

Outreach Intern, September 21 through December 31, 2015

While serving as the Outreach Intern, Adri assisted with and led numerous projects such as expanding CascadiaNow!'s park cleanup network to cities outside of Seattle, developing blog writing tactics and topics, and expanding the CN! reading list. Throughout her internship she also tabled at events and managed database entries. A highlight of her time with CN! was co-leading some of the first CN! sponsored park cleanups where she was able to meet other Cascadians and connect new people of all ages to CN! while also partaking in urban forest restoration. 

 

Rianna Mariman

Communications and Outreach Intern, July 13th through September 30th, 2015

During her internship with CascadiaNow!, Rianna worked on two different research projects.  The first was a compilation or reading list of literature relevant to Cascadia and bioregionalism, such as news features, novels, poetry, scholarly articles, etc. for those wishing to learn more about both historical and contemporary discourse on the region.  The second was a summary of potential future outreach opportunities throughout the Northwest, including fairs, festivals, conferences, etc., for CascadiaNow! to connect with the community and spread its message.

Ethan Fletcher

Development Intern,  May 13th through September 23rd, 2015

  • Maintained database of supporters, volunteer-hours, and donations
  • Helped research grants and assisted grant writer
  • Copywriter for some organizational policies
  • Assisted in website updates and improvements 
  • Helped train new intern in work flow documentation and responsibilities
  • Assisted in another administrative/general tasks within CN!