California: Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) seeks International Communications and Event Planning Intern

10 Jan

Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) seeks an International Communications and Event Planning intern who is able to organize and assist both MESA’s Orientation and Exit Seminars as well as maintain connections with our international partners. The internship will begin February 2011 and last no fewer than 10 months.

Background Information: MESA facilitates a J1 farmer-to-farmer exchange program on behalf of cultivating sustainable food systems and cultural awareness. MESA sponsors annual programs for international agrarian trainees (aka MESA stewards) stewards to live and train at U.S. farms, education centers, and businesses that are practicing sustainable and ecological farming. MESA seeks farms of various scales, agroecology education centers, urban agriculture programs, and related industries to host stewards from Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Thailand, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil, India, and France for vocational training opportunities in transitional, organic, biodynamic and sustainable agriculture, as well as alternative distribution and manufacturing. MESA works with NGOs and universities in the home countries to ensure that when the stewards return they have a support network in order to complete their Home Country Projects. Fundraising in the US helps MESA provide small-scale seeds grants for steward alumni to implement Home Country Projects in their home communities as well as off-set Host program fees.

Description: The intern will work in collaboration with MESA’s Executive Director and Program Manager to support MESA’s efforts in cultivating steward services including, but not limited to, program development with our global partners, webpage maintenance regarding steward resources, steward and host communications, social media maintenance and outreach, newsletter and marketing research and development. The intern will also collaborate and/or lead planning of some of our most important events of the year- Steward Orientation and Exit Seminars. This is a great opportunity for an intern to get hands-on experience with inter-workings of a small non-profit and gain skills in communications, outreach, marketing, and event planning.

Timeframe: 12 hours/week for 10 months, starting February 2011.

Responsibilities include:

• Steward resource development on MESA webpage
• Weekly chat-room attendance with international agrarian stewards
• Regular communication, coordination and periodic conflict mediation with MESA stewards and host partners
• Social media (facebook and twitter) maintenance and cultivation
• Web-related content and newsletter development and proofreading
• Lead, assist and direct planning of events for large groups (55-80 individuals)
• Outreach to food vendors and in-kind donators
• Coordinate schedule and travel logistics for MESA Staff and Stewards
• Participate in the pre- preparation and post- analysis of the event, help asses opportunities and make recommendations for future improvements

Upon completion of a successful program season (March-November), intern will be flown to a selected Global Partner region to visit developing and ongoing Home Country Projects. Flight costs and travel expenses will be covered up to $1600. Interns will research and document Home Country Project progression and submit a report to be published on MESA’s webpage upon return.

The ideal candidate: possesses excellent communications skills in English (Spanish a plus), is highly organized, and is proficient in Excel and Word. He or she is has excellent writing and proofreading skills and eager to learn more about international communications project development. Previous experience in organizing and planning events is highly recommended. He or she is able to multi-task, is internet-literate, and a quick learner.

Application instructions:

To apply please send a cover letter and resume (writing sample optional). Applications may be submitted immediately. We will close the search when we find the right candidate.

Mail to:
Leah Atwood
Program Manager

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