Term: Part-time and flexible, Academic Credit Internship opportunity. Ideal term length of 4 months.

Start Date: Flexible start date of August 20, 2018

About Us: 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 Good Business and Good Farming.

We’re looking for someone who’s smart, responsible, professional, fun, creative, and a self-starter that works well in a fast-paced environment to assist all staff in a variety of capacities from research to outreach to marketing.

Internship Duties

  • Localist Membership program
    – Outreach work, such as occasional tabling at farmers’ markets & community events
  • Business and Localist Membership
    – Outreach and relationship management
    – Communications with members
    – Attend and assist with member mixers
    – Mailings
    – Data collection and entry
  • Local Works (co-working space) Operations:
    – Create Local Works member blog highlights
    – Update member board regularly
    – Office organizational tasks
  • General event assistance
  • Assist the Community Manager and Engagement Coordinator with daily tasks and special projects as needed

Skills & Qualifications

  • Interest in local economic development and alternative business models preferred; Interest in relationship-building
  • 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.
  • Ability to appropriately and effectively represent the organization on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

Schedule & Other

  • Intern will report to the Engagement Coordinator and Community Manager
  • Flexible part-time schedule of 10-20 hours / typically falling Monday through Friday, between 9am to 5pm, with occasional special events on weekday evenings and/or weekends.
  • Internship will include attendance at member mixers on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 4 to 8 p.m
  • Internship for school credit encouraged, but not required.
  • This is an unpaid position.
  • Must provide personal transportation
  • Must provide own laptop/computer


  • Gain valuable nonprofit experience with an organization that cultivates an economy anchored in local ownership, because local-independent businesses are the cornerstone of our culture, economy, and character.
  • Work with a great team of professionals. Meet the LLF crew.
  • Work in Local Works, a space described an “open, beautiful, vibrant space designed to bring local entrepreneurs together,” by Charleston City Paper.
  • Meet and interact with LLF members and Local Works coworkers.


  • 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.

To Apply

  • Email cover letter and resume to Larry Downey, Engagement Coordinator with “Community Engagement 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.

LLF is an equal opportunity provider and employer.


Larry Downey
Community Manager at Lowcountry Local First