Paid International Program and Online Engagement Internship with National Wildlife Federation for May Grad
Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation is America's largest grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change.
We are seeking an International Programs and Online Engagement Intern to join our team in our Washington, D.C. office. The International Wildlife Conservation Team at the National Wildlife Federation promotes wildlife conservation and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by addressing large-scale commodity agriculture as a driver of tropical deforestation and habitat loss. In this context, we work to advance "zero deforestation and conversion" agriculture production in the tropics, focusing on the commodities that have the greatest impacts on forests and wildlife, such as beef, leather, soy, palm oil, and biomaterial feedstocks. Our work also focuses on advancing strong and comprehensive international agreements that protect forests and global climate. This fast-paced, demanding internship requires dealing with many interlinked activities often across different time zones and grasping complex issues subject to rapid change.
The International Program and Online Engagement Intern will undertake a number of online communications, research and administrative tasks in support of the Vice President for International Conservation and Corporate Strategies and the International Wildlife Conservation Team as a whole. The intern will manage and create content across multiple websites and social media platforms in order to promote the work of the International Team and to build our constituency for the 'conservation movement'. The International Program and Online Engagement Intern will represent the program under a variety of circumstances, including managing correspondence, planning meetings/events, developing online engagement content, and attending events and conferences to report back. Additionally, the International Program and Online Engagement Intern will frequently aid the D.C. office with administrative tasks such as front desk duty, watering plants, and taking and distributing meeting minutes. The intern will have the opportunity, if desired, to support the Congressional advocacy initiatives of other D.C. office programs, for example visiting Congressional offices to deliver key wildlife information. Excellent interpersonal and communications skills are essential. Furthermore, the intern may work with some of the International Team's partners, so Spanish/Portuguese proficiency is preferred.
In this role you will:
Maintain the VPs calendar, schedule meetings, take and distribute meeting minutes, aid in event creation and planning, and provide logistical support;
Create, curate and manage content across multiple websites, blogs, and social media platforms
Manage the VP's inbox and contacts database;
Write factsheets, due diligence reports, event proposals, and organizational updates;
Research specific topics as needed for the team;
Book travel and file expenses;
Translate Spanish/Portuguese/English documents, presentations, and blogs as needed.
BA/BS degree in natural resources management, conservation biology, environmental policy, international relations/political science, international development or other relevant field
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Strong organizational skills and keen attention to detail
Strong research and editing skills
Proven ability to multitask among competing priorities
Strong social media skills in platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
Proficiency in MS Word, Excel, and Outlook; experience using Adobe Creative Suite is a plus
Demonstrated commitment to environmental advocacy a plus
Professional language proficiency in Spanish and/or Portuguese preferred
International travel experience a plus
This position has a term of 48 weeks.
We aspire to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical ability, and religious and political belief. Diversity at the National Wildlife Federation translates into understanding and valuing each other's perspectives.
Interested candidates should submit both a cover letter and resume. We offer excellent benefits, a flexible work environment, opportunities to work within and learn more about the conservation and environmental policy space, and opportunities to network with a variety of organizations and individuals in D.C. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to submit an application. A background check will be conducted on the selected candidate.
The application deadline is May 7th, 2018 at noon for a desired start date of mid-June.