Intern with 1% for the Planet

1fortheplanet1% for the Planet (1%) exists to build and support an alliance of businesses financially committed to creating a healthy planet. Launched in 2002 by Yvon Chouinard (Patagonia, Inc.) and Craig Mathews (Blue Ribbon Flies), 1% is a growing, global network of companies that give at least 1% of their annual sales to nonprofit organizations focused on issues of sustainability. 1% is a brand-driven organization that engages people and inspires them to make better choices as consumers. Through our unique and innovative model, we are growing a movement that has significantly improved funding and support for environmental causes and the activists who champion them. Membership currently consists of over 1100 businesses in 48 countries, together giving over $20 million annually to more than 3,000 environmental groups worldwide, with more than $100 million given to date. Our future goals are ambitious. We seek to become, collectively, the largest funder of environmental work on the Planet.

The Internship:

1% for the Planet is seeking a Business Case and Partnerships Intern to join our close-knit team in Waitsfield, Vermont. The ideal candidate will be adept working both independently and in team settings and have a passion for sustainability and the power of story. Attention to detail combined with an ability to see the big picture is key. Responsibilities include:

1) The intern will work with our Community Development Team (CDT) to help develop the business case for our model. The business case will draw on research and analysis to demonstrate the value – or return on investment – for companies that choose to be 1% FTP members. Tasks associated with this work include developing a project outline with the CDT leader, assembling research from the web, from interviews, and from other sources to populate the outline, analyzing and drawing conclusions from
research, developing a draft business case, incorporating feedback, and producing a final draft.

2) The intern will also work with our Director of Partnerships to develop 2-3 case studies of partnerships in our network that are instructive for further development of our model. The intern will draw on research and direct outreach to gather details, anecdotes, data, and images that can be woven into compelling case studies. Tasks associated with this work include conversations with 1%FTP staff to identify partnerships, outreach to gather information, collaboration with Director of Partnerships to determine partnerships for focus, production of draft and final case studies. This intern will report to the Director of Partnerships, but will work closely with the CDT as well.


The folks at 1% are a tightly knit crew. We work and play hard. We value the incredible places and people that our jobs get us in touch with. We are passionate about business and the environment and we care deeply about the impact of our work.


Jelisa Adair

I am the Civic Engagement Fellow for 2013-2014. While a student at Wesleyan I double majored in Psychology and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and completed a joint thesis during my senior year. I am interested in issues of social justice, mental health, media, and global welfare. 


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