[Noisebridge-jobs] Community Currency Internships

Heather Young fieldoheather at yahoo.com
Sun Dec 20 16:25:06 PST 2009

Currency Internships

Job Description: 

Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) is offering 2-3 internship positions for the
spring semester Jan-May. We ask that you commit to at least 10 hours of work
(not including study time) for the entire semester, because projects that you
take responsibility for may last for that duration at a minimum. Nonstudents
who are not working full-time may be considered. Once we have chosen the
interns, we will go through a collective process of identifying which
responsibilities are of most interest to you and how you can best support BACE.
Our priority is to make sure you feel empowered in applying your skills and
addressing your interests and goals. With that in mind, we have many needs as
an all volunteer organization:


project support

-please see www.sfbace.org for more details about our

help can range from online currency platform building (especially with Ruby on
Rails), community organizing, creating promotional materials, coordinating
events, fundraising, and theoretical development, to much more.

-also, you
can create a new currency as a thesis project


Outreach and Event coordination 

conference in March

and developing materials for educational events, including film screenings and
powerpoint presentations

-US Social
Forum currency section


development and tech support 

BACE’s website to the next level

public online participation


and other fundraising 

-for BACE and/or
its nonprofit projects

Bay Area Community Exchange (BACE) is a collaborative network that supports the
development of alternative means of exchange in the San Francisco Bay Area. We
provide research and development support, incubation of alternative exchange
projects, and education to the Bay Area community about economic issues.
Through our work with currency projects, we will create an economy that is more
sustainable, just, and embedded in healthy community connections. To find out
more about what community currencies are and why we think they are so crucial
to creating social change, please visit the education section of http://wiki.sfbace.org. We strive to be a
democratic, collectively-run, and transparent organization to the extent that
it is possible, while maintaining integrity, trust and   efficacy in our work together towards our

Compensation: As we are a new and currently unfunded organization, we cannot provide
stipends at this time. However, you will learn a lot through well-supervised
experience with currency experts and skilled activists, as well as designated
readings and other educational materials. Given your level of capability and commitment,
you may receive a lot of responsibility in areas you wish to develop. You will
definitely NOT be stuffing envelopes and entering data.  It will likely be a very interesting and
exciting time in your life. However, working on projects with established
alternative currencies may be able to pay stipends in their own currency.

Application: Please answer the questions below briefly and send them in a cover
letter with a resume to heather (at ) sfbace.org. References will likely be
requested upon interview.


1. What is your interest in applying for this position, and in particular, why
are you interested in currencies? 

2. What skills would you have to bring to BACE given the needs listed above? 

3. What are your strengths and challenges in working with others?

4. What do you wish to experience/achieve during these five months? 


5. What is
your level of commitment to other areas of your life and to a potential
internship? How many hours a week could you contribute?

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