11th Hour Racing Position Description
Grantmaking and Research Intern (Part-Time)
Worksite: Newport, RI
Remote Work: Yes – if remote, must be in a US time zone; can be in-person as allowed by health authorities and company policies
Preferred Start Date: Early May
Preferred End Date: End of August
Details: Part-time 2-3 days/week, schedule for up to 20 hours/week to be agreed
11th Hour Racing, a Newport RI-based organization, is committed to an innovative approach blending sport sponsorship and philanthropic giving to protect the health of our oceans and waters. We are looking for a college student interested in grantmaking, philanthropy, and, ideally, the intersection of sport and ocean health to join our team for Summer 2021. The intern will work with our small in-house grantmaking team and will get hands-on experience from the funder side of ocean health-related grant work.
The internship is an hourly, paid part time role in the 11th Hour Racing offices; final schedule to be agreed between intern and company. The internship can be taken for course credit as well if the student so desires. This position is based in Newport, RI.
You will work on a range of issues related to grantmaking in the fields of experiential and STEM education, marine plastic pollution, coastal restoration, and technologies and best practices to advance ocean health and address climate change. You will interact closely with 11th Hour Racing staff members and engage with a wide range of grantees and be given responsibilities based on experience and skills, which may include the following:
- Conduct research on emerging initiatives and prospective grantees related to the program’s grantmaking strategy
- Investigate and share findings of current initiatives and research in experiential education, pollution, and marine conservation as they relate to organizational objectives
- Draft short reports, memos, briefs, correspondence, and other written materials in support of ongoing initiatives
- Assist in the review and evaluation of grant proposals and final reports
- Assist in maintaining positive and productive partner and grantee relationships with a wide range of organizations and individuals
- Assist in the planning and coordination of events, conferences, meetings, calls, and presentations
- Participate in group discussions and contribute insights, ideas, and feedback related to grantees or pertinent topics and issues
- Research and share with grantees potential funding opportunities related to ongoing grants and ocean health
- Assist with other projects and activities as assigned
- Brings a passion for the mission of 11th Hour Racing
- Ability to work effectively in a small organization with an emphasis on teamwork
- Excellent oral and written communication and presentation skills
- Ability to speak, read, and write effectively in English; French language skills is a plus
- Ability to work legally in the United States
MINIMUM PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE, TRAINING, AND EDUCATION
- You should be pursuing a masters degree in relevant disciplines with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for this position. Advanced undergraduate students (or recent graduates) may be considered with relevant research experience.
- Preference will be given to candidates with background or knowledge in Marine or Ocean Sciences, Sustainability, Experiential Education, Environmental Studies, or similar disciplines
- Interest in philanthropy, grantmaking, nonprofits and NGO engagement, and ocean health preferred
- Excellent word processing skills and fluency with MS Office and Google Suite
- Strong research skills
SKILLS AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE INTERN SHOULD EXPECT TO DEVELOP DURING THE INTERNSHIP
- Research into environmental issues and organizations
- Writing and verbal communications and presentation skills
- Knowledge of philanthropy and grantmaking
- Enhanced understanding of nonprofit organizations driving ocean conservation
- Networking and exposure to leading national and international environmental conservation groups
- Event and meeting planning
- All submissions must be through Indeed.com
- Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter; applications missing either will not be considered
- Application Deadline: Friday February 12, 2021
- No phone calls, please
WORKING ENVIRONMENT/MINIMUM PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
Approximately 90% of time spent on the job involves the use of a video display terminal; therefore, you must be able to sit for extended periods and to utilize standard ergonomics practices. You will work in an office environment, requiring the following activity: lifting and carrying materials weighing up to 50 pounds, kneeling, and bending. Must be able to use standard office equipment such as copiers and faxes.
COMMITMENT TO DIVERSITY
11th Hour Racing is an equal opportunity employer and we strive to create an atmosphere where diversity of identity, experience, and background are welcomed, valued, and supported.
We believe that diversity brings about greater results on all levels and we aim to use our resources to generate greater impact through our work. Candidates who contribute to this diversity are strongly encouraged to apply.
Interns must adhere to all applicable organizational policies and procedures. Regular and predictable attendance is required. A background check will be conducted for the final candidate.