Social Venture Operations – Beautiful Day Rhode Island – Providence, RI

About us: Providence Granola Project is the hands-on job training vehicle of the non-profit Beautiful Day Rhode Island. We hire recently arrived refugees, especially those with high job-entry barriers, give them a first job, build their confidence and skills, and help them move into the job market. Along the way we make some pretty spectacular granola and granola bars that have made us RI’s premier granola company. See our organization page or visit or for more details.

Our Team: We’re very much a start-up, in our 6th year as a granola company and 3rd year as a non-profit. Our staff consists of a Jack-of-all-trades executive director, a development director, and up to fifteen part-time refugee staff and trainees. We have an active and very fun board of directors. We’re experimenting and learning, excited about social ventures, committed to refugees, and eager to help our community become a genuine place of refuge. We’re growing quickly and seeking an intern with an interest in day-to-day operations to be part of this growth.

What you would do: This is a Jack/Jill-of-many-trades position to assist the director with everything related to operations and training:

operations (purchasing, deliveries, inventory management, weekly production, crisis management, quality control);
management and training (liaising with staff and volunteers, interviewing trainees, intakes, brainstorming employee challenges);
product and systems development (things like troubleshooting new products, designing a farmers’ market display, researching cost-saving measures, implementing an inventory management system);
marketing and sales (connecting with suppliers and vendors, customer service, handling special orders, contributing social media posts).

What you would get out of it: This could be an ideal position for someone who a) cares about resettlement and the experience of refugees as they adjust to life in the United States and b) wants an immersion experience in running a start-up social venture. You would work closely with the executive director and at the same time have opportunities to take on primary management of various projects. There’s no lack of things to do, so we would fit the internship to your skills and interests.

What we’re looking for:

A hard worker who likes working with his/her hands and doesn’t mind getting them dirty.
A problem solver who enjoys figuring out ways to improve systems.
A self-starter who enjoys taking on projects and running with them, but is quick to ask for help when he/she needs it.
Someone who isn’t afraid to laugh at him/herself or make mistakes.
A cross-cultural minded person who enjoys doing whatever it takes to communicate across language barriers.
Someone with a vehicle (preferred) and a good driving record, a computer, a phone, internet access, and who feels comfortable turning a coffee shop into his/her office for the afternoon.

Negotiables: Hours, while flexible, would require some evenings and weekends. We can offer a stipend of $1000 per month (or $250 per week), plus lots of granola and some expenses like mileage. This could be higher if you are willing/able to do a bit of fundraising. Beginning/ending dates are negotiable, however we’d prefer no less than ten weeks.

Send us an email to with (this is important!) the word “Intern” in the subject line. Attach a resume and a cover letter. You don’t need to impress us with your accomplishments, but we’ll be especially interested in why this internship interests you, what part of it you think you’d enjoy the most, and how the experience might connect to your career goals. Include some logistics about preferred start/stop dates, time you’d need to be away, how much money you’d need to make (and whether you could raise some of it), how many hours you’d like to work per week, and so on.