Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Fall Policy & Communications Internship with American Rivers

The Policy & Communications intern will assist American Rivers with its Wild and Scenic 50th Anniversary Campaign. A Wild and Scenic River designation is the strongest and most effective tool to protect rivers and the lands along their banks, and 2018 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act. As part of its anniversary campaign, American Rivers is committed to protecting 5,000 miles of new Wild and Scenic Rivers.
Foremost among the intern’s responsibilities will be researching relevant policy alongside the Government Relations team and working with the Communications team to hone and spread campaign information. These experiences will help develop research and presentation skills, as well as foster an appreciation of how to work with earned and new media. The intern will also help compile press clips and will be important in strengthening the collaboration between Government Relations and Communications staff.
In addition, there may be opportunity to sit-in on meetings between the Government Relations team and decision-makers in the legislative and executive branches. Other projects promoting American Rivers’ mission of protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature will be determined between the intern and Government Relations team.
The Policy & Communications intern will produce a variety of content on different topics. Serving in part as an analytical component of the American Rivers Government Relations team and benefiting from numerous experience-building assignments, this intern will have a front-seat to one of the highest priority issues of the organization. The intern will leave American Rivers with a solid grounding in conservation policies, their politics, and an appreciation for effective internal and external communication strategies.


  • College student or recent graduate, with an interest in/focus on communications or environmental policy preferred
  • Ability to quickly absorb and synthesize information as well as be a self-starter with a thirst for knowledge
  • Comfortable with managing long-term and short-term assignments as well as coordinating with the legal and implementation teams at American Rivers
  • A familiarity with the conservation world and/or an enthusiasm for the outdoors is preferred


The Government Relations internship will begin on September 6th and last for 10 weeks, ending on December 9th. This internship requires a commitment of at least 24 hours (3 days) per week. Internships are unpaid; however, a travel subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the costs of the intern’s commute. In addition to the travel subsidy, we will work with the intern to gain school credit, if available.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants should use the online form to submit their application and resume.