Communications and Engagement Intern Spring/Summer 2017

Wildlife Conservation Society (DC Office)
Washington, DC
Feb 06, 2017
Aug 31, 2017
Full Time

Department: Conservation Science and Solutions/ The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group

Position: Communications and Engagement Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.

Duration of Internship: Spring/Summer 2017

Application Deadline: Open until filled. Applications reviewed on a rolling basis.

The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG), via its host organization the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), seeks a motivated part-time Communications and Engagement Intern to support this consortium of seven U.S. based non-governmental organizations with field programs in Africa; African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, the Jane Goodall Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund.

The Communications and Engagement Intern will have the opportunity to learn about communicating key messages, building brand awareness, and deepening stakeholder engagement that will protect wildlife and natural resources across the African continent, and about the environmental communications and conservation landscape in Washington DC. S/he will work closely with the ABCG Coordinator to support ABCG's efforts to explore emerging and high priority themes affecting biodiversity conservation in Africa.

The components of this internship will include the following:

  • Learn and engage in tracking media coverage of relevant policy issues including wildlife, natural resources, foreign policy and climate change;
  • Gain experience in driving engagement through social media and other dissemination channels on conservation issues affecting Africa;
  • Draft engaging articles and messaging for the ABCG website and external publications, including blogs, brochures, and fact sheets;
  • Assist in organizing, planning, and coordinating outreach events including brown bag lectures, roundtables, and workshops at international NGOs and federal agencies, and;
  • Extensive networking opportunities with conservation actors and communications professionals in DC and globally.

The ideal candidate for this internship should be a current undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in communications, marketing, or public relations, with a strong interest/background in conservation.

Additionally, the ideal candidate would possess:

  • Interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, climate change, and other conservation issues;
  • Ability to work independently, and to collaborate effectively as a member of a team;
  • Strong website and social media competency;
  • Excellent writing skills. Familiarity with communications in the nonprofit sector preferred;
  • An eye for details—from grammar to new opportunities;
  • A great attitude and desire to learn;
  • Commitment of minimum 20 hours/week.


  • Graphic design skills are welcome;
  • Constant Contact or other email marketing experience is a plus.

This internship is unpaid, however a travel stipend will be provided. Academic credit is provided, if applicable.

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