Communications & Social Media Intern

  • The Wilderness Society
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Jul 26, 2018
Internship- Paid Admin Assistant/Environmental Support Advocacy and Policy Communication - Public Outreach Outdoor Recreation - Guides- Trails - Wilderness

Job Description

The Wilderness Society (TWS), is a national non-profit organization whose mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for our wild places.  We believe public lands belong to and should benefit all of us. Our organization and work must embody the cultures and perspectives of people and communities across our nation, and connect and inspire people to care about the outdoors.  The Wilderness Society seeks a highly creative and skilled individual to join our Government Relations team in DC to develop and implement strategies and tactics to build support for public lands and defend bedrock conservation laws, policies, and programs.

Students looking to burnish their public relations, writing and journalism skills will find our Communications Department to be a fast-paced, high-energy place where they can learn about the environmental community and how The Wilderness Society works to protect the country’s most important public lands and natural resources.  Our interns roll up their sleeves to research critical environmental issues, craft press releases, author editorials and pitch both bloggers and traditional journalists. Additionally, we seek interns who can shoot, edit and promote social media video content  The Wilderness Society offers communications interns hands-on opportunities to strategize with Policy and Government Affairs staff, influence public opinion and protect America’s wild places.

Internship Responsibilities

Interns will be immersed in wilderness and energy policy from day one, and will be involved in:

  • Daily tracking and distribution of media clips for The Wilderness Society and its priority campaigns, press mention and coverage of issues in our space.

  • Writing, shooting, editing & promoting socially friendly videos for our various social outlets.

  • Assist in media relation campaigns, including drafting editing and distributing press releases, op-eds, editorials, letters to the editor and related media memos.

  • Refining and developing press lists using PR software for TWS campaigns; including tracking reporters and building database lists.

  • Writing and editing content for The Wilderness Society’s website on policy and advocacy issues.

  • Utilizing a web-based content management system to upload media related content to, including final news releases and pre-approved blog posts.

  • Using social media and online advocacy tools to reach members and supporters. This may include drafting posts, engaging with audiences using social metric tools or helping present statistics.

  • Performing rapid response and general administrative duties in support of communications campaigns or team needs.

  • Work on a semester-long project that will result in an end-of-semester product that can be used in student’s portfolio.

​Minimum Requirements

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

  • Experience with writing and editing for publication.

  • Demonstrated desire to learn about and work on public land issues.

  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs.

  • Experience using social media in a professional setting

  • Experience with editing video, audio or photo

  • Must be a team player and willing to work in a collaborative environment.

  • Willingness to adapt and remain flexible as projects and priorities change.

  • Self-motivated, passionate, and professional.

  • Most of all – willingness to have fun while producing great work!

 TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation. 

As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are.  Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day.  Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive.  We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.

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