Position: Small Family Internship
Reports To: Nate Hastings, Membership & Development Manager
The mission of the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth is to lead the business community as a convener of people, businesses, and organizations, through communication, education, support, advocacy, and cooperative opportunities to make the Greater Portsmouth area a better, more prosperous place to live, work and play.
A variety of majors can gain practical experience from this internship program which would serve as an extension of their learning in the classroom. Applicable programs of study may include, but are not limited to, Business Administration, Hospitality, Marketing, and Tourism.
This position is part of the Small Family Community Fellowship which uses a cohort model, meaning you will have the opportunity to be part of a group of interns who are trained together and interning around the state with various community partners. In addition to the specific skills you will build related to your role, you will spend the summer working towards earning a professional development badge in Communication. At the end of the summer (August 9) you will participate in a poster presentation to showcase your work.
You'll be participating in professional development workshops with a cohort of fellows and interns doing work around the state. At the end of the summer, you'll present about your experience at our Summer Showcase. Applications are due February 23. This Fellowship is only open to New Hampshire residents.
The position will run from June 1, 2023, through approximately August, 11,2023. The exact schedule will be set by mutual agreement between the selected candidate and the Chamber staff. Time commitment will be approximately 30-40 hours per week and will include some evening activities.
One component of this internship will be creating a stronger connection between the University of New Hampshire and the Chamber and the members of the Chamber and the completion of a project to be presented in August 2023.
Additional areas of focus will include assisting the team with executing events such as Business After Hours, Morning Mixer, Let’s Talk Tourism, Talking Shop, and more.
Responsibilities and Duties
- Student will attend staff meetings and committee meetings as assigned.
- Student will attend most Chamber events during the course of their internship.
- Student will assist in data management projects such as logo and photo management within our SharePoint server.
- Student will assist with event logistics.
- Student will add events and news releases to Chamber Master (our web-based CRM software).
- Student will assist in the creation of bundles of rack cards and in the distribution of marketing collateral.
- Student will answer the phone and help visitors with directions or recommendations about the area during fill-in shifts at the front desk.
- Student must be currently enrolled at the University of New Hampshire as an in-state student.
- Student must be willing to learn the basic taking points about the Greater Portsmouth business community and tourism market and possess the ability to make reasonable attempts to answer to follow-up questions from visitors.
- Student must be familiar with the basics of Microsoft Office.
- Student must be comfortable speaking on the telephone – or willing to practice until comfortable.
- Student must project a positive attitude.
- Student may be asked to lift boxes weighing up to 50 lbs. however this is not a requirement of the position and reasonable accommodations will certainly be made if the student is unable to perform this task.
- Student must possess strong organization skills.
- Student will, ideally, possess a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Student will gain experience thinking critically to address business situations.
- Student will have the opportunity to practice communication skills and to interact effectively in business situations.
- Student will gain experience identifying and understanding the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
- Student will have the opportunity to practice analyzing business situations by applying multiple stakeholder lenses.
- Student will have the opportunity to practice solving complex problems.
- Student will have the opportunity to identify and understand the ethical dimensions and implications of business decisions.
As part of the John Small Internship program, the selected student will be given ownership of a project which they will report to the University on in accordance with the guidelines of the internship program.
Given the varied nature of the work that the Chamber does, there are many potential kinds of projects on which students could work. These include, but are not limited to:
- Working with Chamber staff to revive the Manufacturers Roundtable quarterly networking event.
- Working with Chamber staff on tourism and marketing initiatives.
- Working with Chamber staff to engage the UNH Seacoast Alumni network with the Chamber Collaborative of Greater Portsmouth and the Young Professionals Network, Catapult Seacoast.
- Working with Chamber leadership on workforce housing initiatives.
- Working with Chamber staff to conduct an audit of past fiscal year's transactions.