Grow Smart RI: Summer Internship Opportunity

Grow Smart RI

Summer 2021 Internship Opportunity

Transit Policy Research and Advocacy

Timeframe: June-August, 2021 (flexible)

Hours/week: Approximately 10-20 (negotiable)

Compensation: College credit may be available

Location: Remote with occasional meetings in person at offices in Downtown Providence during weekday business hours

Organization Description:

Grow Smart RI is a public interest nonprofit group that has assembled a broad

coalition of business and civic leaders and concerned citizens to provide an

effective statewide voice in support of sustainable and equitable economic growth

and an outstanding quality of place. We have a 22-year history of convening

broad coalitions that promote best practice tools and policy reforms that help

build communities where all people and businesses can thrive. Among the ways

we pursue this broad community-strengthening objective are by advocating for

enhanced incentives and investments for urban and town center revitalization, as

well as by promoting responsible public investment in a 21st century

transportation system, together with land use strategies that enhance our

economy, and protect our farm and forest land.

Main Project Description:

Grow Smart RI recently launched an initiative to expand the capacity of RI transit

users to advocate for an efficient, accessible, and equitable public transportation

system in the state. Part of the initiative involves training community members in

advocacy strategies and community organizing. The 2021 summer intern will

conduct research on effective advocacy methods and advocacy training, with a

focus on transit advocacy where possible. The intern will identify best practices

and compile reference materials, and will assist staff in the development an

advocacy training curriculum and advocacy guide.

Additional Project Assistance:

Grow Smart RI has been tracking its online media coverage and seeks assistance

in cataloguing and organizing links to this coverage on its website such that

stakeholders may search by topic for relevant material.


Ideal candidate will be experienced in policy research and will demonstrate

strong writing and analytical skills. Flexibility, a collaborative approach, attention

to detail, and basic computer skills are required. Must be highly organized, and

able to work independently with minimal supervision. Preference will be given to

candidates with graphic design experience and knowledge of Rhode Island

government, current local and regional issues, and one or more key smart growth

issues (urban and town center revitalization, transportation, preservation of farm

and forest land, and/or economic development and redevelopment.)

Grow Smart Rhode Island is an equal opportunity employer.

To apply:

Please email cover letter and resume to Jillian Finkle at: . Applications will be reviewed as they are received.

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