Groundwork Bridgeport is a community based organization that was established over 20 years ago with a mission to work towards the regeneration of Bridgeport, CT, a post- industrial city which fell into decline after the loss of the manufacturing base that made it prosper. Currently the primary activity of the organization is running year-round programs for high-school students that teach them about landscape design, horticulture, and creative placemaking with the aim of preparing the students to be the future stewards of the environment in which they live. As an organization with a permanent staff of only three people, each person that works at the organization, whether temporary or permanent, part-time or full-time becomes an integral part of the work that the organization does, from the smallest task to the larger ones. An intern that works at Groundwork Bridgeport has the opportunity to make a difference in the work the organization does towards making positive change and have an influence on the students that participate in our programs.
The intern will work closely with the CEO, a Princeton alumna, as well the program coordinator who oversees the youth programs. Over the last five years, CEO's strategy has been to put a laser focus on developing its youth programs such that they support its program participants in being part of what makes their city better, affirm to them they can make a difference, and provide opportunities for them to grow and learn in ways they may not have had the chance to do before. We work not only to inspire them to do things they may not have thought they could do before, but to share in the inspiration they bring to the staff by simply being who they are. Going into the next five years we are looking to increase our environmental stewardship work towards achieving ecological goals that improve public health, resilience, and care for the full ecosystem as well as increasing our work to strengthen the social connections and 'fabric' of the community.
The intern will work on projects that relate to our goals of growing and improving our stewardship and community revitalization programs, educating residents about community issues, and extending and expanding our reach and recognition and generally Groundwork Bridgeport's profile within the community and beyond as we implement our strategy to grow from being centered in one city to working across the state. Tasks will range from helping to participate in a tree inventory or plan community events to doing research on community problems or writing up an article for a communications piece or publication.
By the end of the summer, the intern will acquire skills in placemaking, storytelling, and volunteer and community engagement. The intern will also have a better understanding of how a small nonprofit organization operates.
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There is housing located downtown, a few minutes walk from the office, that may be available to the rent for a short term period. There may also be summer housing at local universities or in New Haven at Yale which is a 25 min train ride away from our office. For Summer 2021, we found a local host family for our intern and would be willing to help the intern with a similar situation again and providing further guidance to help the intern secure housing.
We require someone who is organized, detail oriented, analytical, and who constantly seeks to improve on how things are done. We are also seeking someone who is a people person and able to help with ideas on how to connect and engage our community.
We welcome a person who enjoys the outdoors and is willing to help with plantings and other stewardship work. Additional skills useful to the internship include the ability to do research, the ability to quickly pick up new software tools, and having an eye for graphics and design.
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