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Student Staff

Each semester, the Swearer Center hires several students to work at 25 George Street as paid staffers. These students take on roles ranging from programmatic development to administrative support, social media, event organizing, and more.

Current open positions (click to jump to description):

Engaged Scholars Program Assistant

The Engaged Scholars Program is a new initiative at Brown that brings together undergraduate students, faculty, and community partners invested in connecting learning and action for social change across multiple disciplines and contexts. Grounded in the concentrations, the program’s undergraduate focus builds on Brown’s distinctive interdisciplinary culture by providing coherent curricular and advising structures that encourage students to place research, internships, and community-based work at the heart of their academic lives.

The ESP Program Assistant will:

  • Work with ESP staff to assist in the planning, implementation, documentation, and evaluation of this new program
  • Collaborate with a select group of undergraduate students (seniors) to develop and implement a peer mentorship initiative that will operate within ESP
  • Assist with planning and/or leading workshops and trainings for ESP students
  • Meet research-based deliverables established in collaboration with ESP staff
  • Provide general support to Swearer Center activities

Requirements: 

  • A commitment to social justice and an interest in building meaningful relationships between academic and non-academic partners
  • Capacity for understanding various stakeholder perspectives and meeting diverse needs
  • Knowledge of Brown curriculum, culture, and stakeholders
  • Flexible, independent nature
  • Excellent written and oral communications
  • Strong detail orientation

The position will begin in September 2015 and end in May 2016 (with the exception of university holidays and breaks) and is a paid 10-hour/week position.

To apply, submit resume and cover letter to engaged-scholars@brown.edu by Tuesday, September 15.

SEEED Conference Internships 

Social Enterprise Greenhouse and Brown University’s Social Innovation Initiative seek two interns who are students at either Brown or RISD to lead a team of students in helping to plan the 2016 SEEED Summit. This is an approximately 10 hour/week stipend position from September 2015 through April 2016.

About Social Enterprise Greenhouse

Social Enterprise Greenhouse helps grow businesses that change lives, harnessing the creative energy of its entrepreneurs to cultivate high-impact, purpose-driven, and sustainable businesses.

About Social Innovation Initiative

A program of the Swearer Center for Public Service, the Social Innovation Initiative creates and connects students to meaningful experiences focused on action, identity, and social impact through the lenses of innovation and entrepreneurship.

About SEEED

The SEEED Summit is a space where engaged minds connect to examine and create ways to address challenging social issues through responsible social entrepreneurship. Social entrepreneurs will engage in discussions about critical social issues and areas of opportunity, the current and potential landscape of the field, and build the capacities to unlock social entrepreneurship’s potential. The conference will be a vibrant, creative space where social entrepreneurship as a pathway to social justice is critiqued and explored.

The fifth annual SEEED Summit, this year’s conference is being reinvented to ensure that we are providing a valuable and unique experience for our audience. During the summer of 2015, a planning team developed a vision and strategy for the 2016 SEEED Summit where our goals and audience were established, and we created an initial design scope for the content of the conference.

About You

You would attend SEEED even if you weren’t planning it. You are passionate about issues of social justice and want to explore how social entrepreneurship addresses social problems, but don’t need to have extensive knowledge of social entrepreneurship as a prerequisite for the role. Most importantly, you are creative and interested in curating powerful experiences for others. You are excited about getting to work with the latest thinkers and practitioners in the field to create a vibrant community where the best, newest, and craziest ideas are explored.

About the Positions

Interns will have the following responsibilities, all of which are critical to the success of the conference:

  • Building off of the strategy and design work accomplished during the summer, identify potential speakers/facilitators/presenters to invite to SEEED, and further hone and develop content;
  • Create systems and materials to communicate effectively with all conference speakers, ensuring they are fully supported and prepared for their roles;
  • Recruiting a small team of students to help with the design and coordination of the conference;
  • Overseeing day-of student volunteer recruitment, training, and management;
  • Planning social and other fun events during the conference;
  • Supporting social media and marketing efforts to create and communicate a cohesive, well-designed brand identity that extends through all aspects of the conference.

Position Benefits

  • A $1000 stipend
  • Hands-on experience with innovation through project management, operations, and strategic design
  • Connections to the social entrepreneurship ecosystem at Brown and in Providence, through engagement with social entrepreneurs, faculty, Social Enterprise Greenhouse staff, local and state government, and others
  • The chance to lead an event that has the potential to be a breeding ground of disruptive dialogue and ideas for social change.

How to Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to lizzie_pollock@brown.edu. Accepting applications until Friday, September 11.

Storytelling Editorial Manager

 The Swearer Center seeks a creative, committed, and highly-organized individual with strong skills in digital storytelling and project management for the role of Storytelling Editorial Manager. 

Learn more about the Storytellers for Good program and Swearer Sparks website at brown.edu/go/storytelling.

The position will begin in September 2015 and end in May 2016 (with the exception of university holidays and breaks). It is a paid 5-10 hour/week position for junior or senior undergraduates or graduate students.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Create story production schedule and oversee story submissions to the Swearer Sparks website (brown.edu/swearersparks) from students across campus.
  • Assist with workshops/trainings and story development for students in the Storytellers for Good program.
  • Document learning outcomes of storytelling work through the Storytellers for Good program.
  • Expand story outreach to engage with new audiences on/off-campus through media relationships and exhibits.

Skills/experience required:

  • Very strong creative and communicative writing skills
  • Experience in nonfiction writing and/or digital media (photography, audio, video, etc.)
  • Experience in project management, editing and/or teaching
  • Highly organized with great attention to details and deadlines
  • Superb listening skills and strong sense of empathy and ethics
  • Flexible, independent nature

To apply, please submit:

  • Current resume
  • Response to the question: “What skills and experiences do you hope to bring to and gain from this position?”
  • Up to 3 selection(s) from your digital storytelling portfolio.

Send to Alex Braunstein (alexandra_braunstein@brown.edu) by Tuesday, September 15th. 

Social Innovation Coordinator

This position will provide general Swearer Center office support as well as support the work of the Social Innovation Initiative (SII) throughout the 2015-16 academic year. SII's mission is to promote the development of impactful, innovative solutions by supporting and advising students to become responsible agents of social change.

The staffer will take on a variety of projects to support our work. Examples of projects include:

  • Supporting several aspects of the Embark Fellowship, including: revising/supporting the application process, preparing outreach documents and tools for potential fellows, and working with professional staff to recruit and engage an alumni selection committee.
  • Supporting the Innovate Winter Break program, which offers mini internships over 2 weeks of winter break. This includes helping identify placement organizations as well as managing the outreach process so students know about the opportunity.
  • Developing communications materials for SII
  • Tracking Brown Venture Launch Fund grantees, including ensuring they complete reports on their progress and publishing these to our website

General Swearer Center office support includes the following:

  • Serve as point-person for Center’s reception area/resource library
  • Greet students, staff, faculty and community members who visit Center
  • Answer telephone, take messages, run campus errands

Qualified candidates will demonstrate the following:

  • Comfort navigating websites and spreadsheets
  •  Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with social innovation preferred (such as Social Innovation Fellowship, participation in Design for America, SEEED, A Better World by Design, or other related projects).
  • Excellent research skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Flexible, organized, independent nature
  • Knowledge of basic HTML, Photoshop, InDesign a plus but not required.

The position will begin in September 2015 and end in May 2016 (with the exception of university holidays and breaks) and is a paid 10-hour/week position.

To apply: Send resume and brief cover letter to: lizzie_pollock@brown.edu. Applications will only be considered if a resume is submitted.