Organization: Lowcountry Local First

Term: Part-time and flexible. Ideal term length June – Dec 2016.

Application Deadline: Open until filled

Start Date: Flexible start date of June 15, 2016

Lowcountry Local First (LLF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds community support for local independent businesses and farmers by working with businesses, consumers and policymakers. From business services to hospitality to creative to farms, LLF has a membership base of more than 500 companies ranging from sole-proprietorships up to 250+ employees. Our two primary initiatives are Buy Local and Eat Local.

We’re looking for someone who’s smart, responsible, fun, creative, and a self-starter that works well in a fast-paced environment to assist both the Directors of Community Development and Marketing & Communications. Intern will primarily assist with two projects: 1) Good Business Summit and 2) Buy Local Month

Good Business Summit is an annual one-day event (Sept 15) presented by Lowcountry Local First with speakers and panel discussions exploring how successful entrepreneurs do WELL in business while creating a positive community impact. Attendees will learn how to implement innovative ideas and models for success while engaging with guests, panelists and sponsors during the lunch and happy hour networking events. MORE

Buy Local Month (Nov 15 – Dec 15) is our annual effort to focus attention on local retailers, manufacturers and professional service providers. This strategic initiative encourages consumers to buy local and keep holiday dollars flowing within our community. It includes a Buy Local Block Party, Golden Ticket contest and more.

Internship Responsibilities
The Intern will contribute to:

  • Project administration.
  • Communications including blog posts and social media.
  • Event and campaign marketing (utilizing Mailchimp)
  • Data management.
  • Website updates (WordPress platform)
  • Event logistics and production (to include monthly member mixers and the Good Business Summit). 

Skills & Qualifications

  • Interest in local economic development and alternative business models preferred.
  • Excellent inter-personal skills and an energy that attracts others. Intern must be able to communicate effectively and professionally, and be comfortable reaching out via email, phone and in-person to represent Lowcountry Local First.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Self-motivated and self-regulated.
  • Extreme attention for detail and organization.
  • Strong computer skills required, including Microsoft Office. Student must be proficient in Microsoft Excel. WordPress capabilities highly desired. MailChimp or other email marketing experience a plus but not required.
  • Ability to appropriately and effectively represent the organization on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Schedule & Other

  • Intern will report to the Director of Community Development through the end of September and shift to reporting to the Director of Marketing and Communications between Oct – Dec.
  • Flexible part-time schedule of 10-20 hours / week, typically falling Monday through Friday, between 9am to 5pm, with occasional special events on weekday evenings (no more than 2/ month)
  • Internship for school credit encouraged, but not required. This is an unpaid position.

Benefits

  • Gain valuable nonprofit experience with an organization named 2012 and 2013 Best Local Cause by Charleston City Paper; 2014 Best Event Promotion by the Charleston AMA; and 2015 Small Business Ally of the Year by the SC Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration.
  • Work with a great team of professionals. Meet the LLF crew.
  • Work in a space described an “open, beautiful, vibrant space designed to bring local entrepreneurs together,” by Charleston City Paper.
  • Meet and interact with LLF member businesses (500+ local companies), Local Works coworkers, and Good Business Summit speakers and attendees. 

Location
Internship will be located at the Lowcountry Local First office and Local Works coworking space at 1630-2 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29405 on the Upper Peninsula. Must provide your own laptop, and transportation for occasional off-site tasks/meetings.

To Apply
Email cover letter and resume to Jordan Amaker, Director of Marketing and Communications, at jordan@lowcountrylocalfirst.org with “Communications and Event Intern – Your Name” in subject heading. Please send PDF files only (no Word docs, please). Feel free to share your LinkedIn, Twitter, blog, a video – whatever lets us know who you are and what you’re all about. NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE.

 

Jordan Amaker
Director of Marketing & Communications