INTERNSHIPS: Internships with Local Motion, Summer/Fall 2013

Local Motion, in Burlington, Vermont, has six internships available to students this summer.  The positions all include extensive project management and development components.  They range from advocacy and education, to working with youth, to working on our recycled products initiative, Bike Recycle Designs.
The positions are:

  • VT Bike Challenge & Local Motion Outreach Intern
  • Complete Streets Project Intern
  • Bike Recycle Vermont Summer Program Coordinator Intern
  • Bike Recycle Designs Intern
  • “Bike for Life” Intern
  • Bike Ferry Intern
Attached are full descriptions and application information.  Below are summaries.  
Local Motion provides a structured, supported internship experience.  Interns are fully integrated into the Local Motion staff, have regular meetings with their supervisor, and attend staff meetings and employee gatherings. It’s a fun place to spend your summer!

Internships at Local Motion, Fall 2013

VT Bike Challenge & Local Motion Outreach Intern

OUTREACH:  This position is a boots-on-the ground position.  Local Motion has a huge variety of events, projects, and outreach throughout the region, and we are looking for an outgoing, engaging and passionate advocate for people-powered recreation and transportation to attend them. This is a great opportunity for people interested in developing experience in grass-roots outreach and public engagement.   To learn more about our programs, check out:


VERMONT BIKE CHALLENGE:  Work closely with Local Motion staff to promote the Vermont Bike Challenge ( ), a statewide event that runs from May 1 to August 31!  The Intern’s primary role will be to market the Challenge to individuals, businesses, community groups, partner organizations, and others around the state.  The VT Bike challenge represents a fantastic opportunity to develop social marketing skills and promote bicycling all over Vermont!


Complete Streets Project Intern

Help transform Vermont communities for walking and biking!  Support Local Motion’s Complete Streets initiative with research on best practices for improving local infrastructure, policies, and plans to support walking and biking.  Review the municipal plans, policies, and ordinances of local towns and compare them to best practices and assist with identifying priority recommended changes for each town.  This is a fantastic internship for someone who wants to learn the nuts and bolts of what it takes to make places better for walking and biking at the policy level!

Bike Recycle Vermont Summer Program Coordinator Intern

The Summer Programs Coordinator will work closely with the BRV staff in the dynamic, exciting BRV shop setting to implement programs that serve bike customers and volunteers. You’ll participate in Bike Recycle Vermont open hours (Tuesday through Friday, 1-5pm), distributing refurbished bikes to bike customers, helping with intake of bikes to be repaired, working at the front desk greeting customers, and working Bike Recycle volunteers to repair bicycles and perform other shop tasks.  You’ll also work with youth, leading “Bike Club” rides and helping to teach “Earn-a-Bike” classes. 

Bike Recycle Designs Intern

Contribute design ideas, organizational skills and customer service to Bike Recycle Designs (BRD), an income-producing jewelry and craft initiative with the goal of providing funding for Bike Recycle Vermont.  There is room to make this position suit your interests and skills. Options include product development and design, teaching and coaching other artists and crafters, focusing on sales and inventory, and supporting production of existing products.  Tasks range from assisting other volunteer artists and crafters with their pieces; ensuring that there is a healthy stock of our popular products that we sell regularly; developing and experimenting with new designs and new products for the line; recruiting and managing volunteers who want to help create products; to helping to evolve the “brand” and “look” for Bike Recycle Designs.  This internship will give you real-world entrepreneurial experience.

“Bike for Life” Intern

Get in on the launch of a major new Local Motion initiative!  Collaborate with staff on the development and launch of the “Bike for Life” project, which will work with low-income families at the Sustainability Academy in Burlington’s Old North End to get kids biking and provide their parents with the support they need to make their kids bicyclists for life.  The intern will assist with learn-to-bike clinics and then play a key role in following up with parents and kids.  The Active for Life intern will also help out with some Bike Smart events, to learn more about the educational structure of bike skills trainings, and help with assessment and tracking.


Bike Ferry Intern

The Local Motion Bike ferry transports walkers, runners and bikers across a 200’ cut in the Colchester/South Hero causeway at the mouth of Mallett’s Bay in Lake Champlain. It’s a world class trail, and Local Motion has worked for 10 years to realize daily ferry service across this break in the route.  We’ve run Demonstration Service on August weekends for many years; and this year, after successfully completing a $1.5 million fundraising campaign, with a new boat and improved infrastructure, we’re finally able to launch daily service.  You’ll work closely with Bike Ferry Manager, Assistant Manager, and Local Motion Executive Director to manage, market, and run Bike Ferry operations for this exciting first year of daily service.

~ Charlene


Charlene Wallace, Director of Operations

Local Motion
1 Steele St. #103   Burlington, VT   05401   

p: 802/861-2700   f: 802/861-3096

Our Mission: Promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities

Check out Bike Recycle Designs—  UpCycled bicycle parts turned into jewelry!

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