BR-2315 Forest Communications Undergraduate Intern
For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, WWF works in more than 100 countries, connecting cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field – more than one million supporters in the United States and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.
Our vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WWF is an organization as diverse as the world we protect; where the richness of all our unique views, experiences, and backgrounds combines to create the most sustainable and inclusive conservation outcomes possible — bringing the greatest benefit to the planet and every person who lives on it.
Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, we are unified by one mission, one brand, and one common set of values: Courage, Respect, Integrity and Collaboration.
BRIDGE – Building Relationships, Inclusivity, Diversity, Growth, and Excellence
WWF’s diversity-focused internship program, BRIDGE, aims to recruit professionals early in their careers who bring fresh thinking and innovation to the environmental and conservation sector and are well positioned to develop into the next generation of leaders. Our mission is to increase exposure of students from underrepresented populations to conservation and environmental careers, provide professional development opportunities, reduce the barriers to attracting a diverse pool of internship candidates, and develop a pipeline for future WWF hires from underrepresented populations.
WWF seeks a Forest Communications Undergraduate Intern to further the WWF-US Forest team’s efforts to conserve the world’s forests to sustain nature’s diversity, benefit our climate, and support human well-being.
This position will help advance the Forest team’s major initiatives and the organization’s forest conservation goals and contribute to the overall success of the team’s programmatic communications.
- Develop and write forest-focused stories and other communications materials, such as web content, blogs, team newsletters, and bios.
- Collaborate with WWF’s Marketing and Communications team to publish and promote content.
- Help identify opportunities for social media promotion to highlight programmatic achievements, breaking forest-related news, recognition days, advocacy efforts, etc.
- Draft social media posts for promoting and supporting projects.
- Track key engagement metrics.
- Support program staff presentations, including creating PowerPoint decks and drafting messaging.
- Help verify forest-related facts.
- Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date.
- Pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s program in journalism or communications. Those studying outside these areas are still highly encouraged to apply.
- Writing and editing skills.
- Ability to work full time.
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
- Strong research skills.
- Strong organizational/analytical skills.
- Motivated self-starter able to take on projects and run with them.
- Ability to prioritize deadlines.
- Attention to detail.
- Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
- Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
- Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
- Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
- Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
- Journalism, public relations/communications, or conservation experience.
- Insight into nonprofit strategic communications practices.
- Understanding of critical issues impacting forests.
- Experience writing, editing, and developing internal and external communications materials, including web stories, blogs, key messaging, newsletter content, and more.
- Experience translating scientific material into engaging and accessible content.
- Fact-checking skills.
- Social media experience, including an understanding of metrics.
WWF interns will be provided a set of professional development opportunities, aimed at increasing their exposure to conservation and sustainability careers. This includes:
- Development discussions with their manager;
- Up to two online courses through Cornell University’s eCornell program;
- Speed mentoring with different WWF teams;
- Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff;
- Session on resume and interviewing best practices.
Interns will also have access to an array of networking opportunities. This includes meetings with WWF’s CEO, the senior management team, Employee Resource Groups, and representatives from other departments.
US-DC-Washington or US-Remote: WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming.
Paid - $17 per hour (full-time, 35 hours per week)
Internship will run from June 5, 2023 to August 11, 2023
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page, Requisition# BR-2315. In your cover letter, please describe your relevant skills and experience for this position and include a discussion of 1) how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and 2) what you hope to gain from the internship.
If selected for the role, you will need to provide 1 letter of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.
* Please note that intern must have U.S. work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa.
WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.