Communications Intern

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Plant With Purpose, a Christian development organization, reverses deforestation and poverty around the world by transforming the lives of the rural poor. For more than 30 years, Plant With Purpose has been a leader in linking international community development and environmental solutions, working with smallholder farmers in strategic areas where environmental degradation and poverty intersect. Plant With Purpose currently works in Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania, and Thailand, employing an integrated methodology that combines environmental restoration, economic empowerment, and spiritual renewal. Activities include watershed restoration, reforestation, sustainable agriculture training, savings-and-loan groups, local leadership development, and supporting outreach efforts of the local Christian church.

Do you enjoy sharing stories of empowerment and positive change? Do you spend hours each week perusing blogs and online news sources? Do you feel called to use your gift of communication to motivate and encourage others? If you’re jumping in your chair thinking “YES!”, then working hand-in-hand with our dynamic development team is the role for you.


As a communications intern, you will dive headfirst into writing, community outreach, marketing, public relations, social media, and event support. Interested? Read on:

- Conceptualize, research, and write creative blog content
- Create and post relevant, fresh material and help to expand Plant With Purpose’s online presence through social media platforms
- Gather family and individual testimonials from our Salesforce story database for communications purposes
- Compile international programs data for storytelling and outreach
- Edit website content and written collateral, while coming up with creative ways of sharing the Plant With Purpose vision
- Assist the development team with community engagement strategies
- Cultivate relationships with Plant With Purpose supporters and the surrounding community
- Represent Plant With Purpose at local events, churches, and schools
- Support the development team with Gala and other event preparations

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter, two creative writing samples, and the Internship Questionnaire to Kenzie Leas at Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Internship Questionnaire can be found via

Applications due December 1. Internship dates can be flexible. If an early decision is needed, please specify in your application.


- Sincerely interested in the holistic environmental mission of Plant With Purpose and the diverse communities we seek to empower
- Highly accurate and organized
- Excellent writing and proofreading skills
- Outstanding verbal communication skills
- Proficient computer skills in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word
- Preferably working toward a degree in communications, public relations, marketing, journalism, nonprofit management, or international studies
- Knowledge/experience in community development and/or international travel is a plus
- Ability to be in our San Diego office 12-15 hours per week

While 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.

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Required - Writing/Editing
Preferred - Event Planning, Community Outreach, Social Media, Blogging, Creative Writing, Marketing, Proofreading, Copy Editing

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