Strategic Partnerships Internship

Do you want to be part of an energetic, inspired, and creative team that is making a huge difference in our world?

Do you have a love for humanity and care about ending poverty? Are you fulfilled by working as a team to support people in discovering their purpose and living into their aspirations? Are you an energetic, creative, and people-oriented individual?

What if you could take all of your writing, research, and storytelling gifts, talents, and experience and use them to make an impact on people and the planet? You can! Plant With Purpose is looking for you.

Plant With Purpose is a global Christian organization that addresses issues of deforestation and climate change, while empowering people to lift their communities out of rural poverty. For more than 30 years, Plant With Purpose has been a leader in operating at the nexus of Environmental Restoration, Economic Development, and Spiritual Impact. We believe that we honor God when we honor people and our planet. Come join our growing team and make a difference at this critical time in human history.

We are seeking an energetic, creative, and people-oriented individual to join our team. In this position, you will learn the ins and outs of the daily workings of a non-profit development team, and all that entails. As a strategic partnerships intern, you will support our development team by communicating with potential donors about the impact of our work, doing research on issues related to rural poverty and international development, and working on strategic projects that will increase the support for Plant With Purpose programs around the world.

As a Strategic Partnerships Intern, you will report to the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships. Your responsibilities include but are not limited to:

— Collaborate with and provide key support to the Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships on initiatives to move forward Plant With Purpose’s Thrive25 Strategic Plan
— Update and expand our current focus-paper library, including existing research on the impact of Plant With Purpose’s work on biodiversity and gender equity integration
— Take a hands on role in an organizational environmental scan and assess Plant With Purpose’s position in the marketplace
— Find synergies among potential corporate partnerships and tree planting partners
— Introduce Plant With Purpose’s work to potential partners through networking and fundraising events and meetings

— You are sincerely interested in the holistic environmental mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower
— Strong work ethic
— Available 12-15 hours per week
— You are a strong writer, editor, and proofreader
— Your attention to detail and organization is top-notch
— You are motivated and willing to initiate, self-start, and seek out solutions
— You have savvy internet research skills
— You are creative and a critical thinker
— You are adaptable and thrive in a collaborative team setting
— You have superb oral and written communication skills
— You are eager to learn
— You are working toward a degree in communications, international development, nonprofit management, fundraising, journalism, or a related field
— You have knowledge/experience in community development and/or international travel is a plus

We are a collaborative, interdependent team that relies on relating and supporting each other to achieve our goals. Through the way we live within and shape our culture, we seek to build community and a sense of belonging in our local, national, and global families. Being a member of the Plant With Purpose team as the Strategic Partnerships Intern will require you to be a communicator, a learner, and an includer in the following ways:

— You deeply resonate with the holistic mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower.
— You have a personal alignment with our organizational core values of faith, collaboration, empowerment, innovation, stewardship, and sustainability.
— You have a love for humanity, including those who live in poverty, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or culture.
— You intentionally build community and a team mentality by pursuing the “we” over the “me.”
— You understand the priority of relationships in getting work done.
— You accept feedback with a growth mindset.
— You listen with an intent to understand and ask clarifying questions.
— You seek out learning and development opportunities for yourself and others.
— You strive to be an inclusive person by being aware of the existence and impact of your unconscious biases, and working daily to check them.

This is an unpaid internship. You will gain hands-on experience working closely with a creative, close-knit team who is inspired to achieve a lasting solution to rural poverty. We can also coordinate with your institution to offer academic credit for your experience.

This is a part-time internship that normally requires you to be in our sunny San Diego office 12-15 hours per week for the duration of the internship. However, with the ever-changing environment due to COVID-19, this position will be remote. Hours are flexible. Below is a general timeline for the deadline and duration of internships.

— Professional networking: with leader in the international development sector
— Career exploration: informational interviews with staff
— Professional development workshops: on topics such as StrengthsFinder, DEI, nonprofit management
— Tuesday Trainings: to learn about different department initiatives at Plant With Purpose
— Internship alumni newsletter

The Plant With Purpose team is working in a hybrid format, allowing for a fully remote internship or the ability to utilize our HQ collaboration center in San Diego, California. If you are in San Diego, our collaboration center is open for interns.

START DATE: January 18, 2022

APPLY BY: November 22, 2021

All interviews will be conducted virtually via Zoom.

Does this sound like you? If so, please apply on our website at Please include a Cover Letter with your application that shows us how you are a great fit for this position, the organization, and our culture.

Plant With Purpose is an EEO/AA employer by choice. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating a positive and inclusive work environment for all employees.

If you need reasonable accommodation in order to complete the application, please email Human Resources at No phone calls please.

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