Climate Reporter Intern - Desert Research Institute

Post Date: 9/26/2022
Opportunity Type: Job
Organization/Grantor: Desert Research Institute
Position/Title/Fund: Climate Reporter Intern - Part-time
Deadline: October 31, 2022
Location: Remote
Contact Info:

Salary: $15 per hour, no benefits.

The Native Climate project, led by the Desert Research Institute, is a new USDA-funded project to support climate resilience planning and address long-standing issues related to climate injustice in Indian Country through culturally-appropriate information sharing.

Native Climate seeks Native American Students interested in building skills in journalism to write news stories about the impacts of climate change on Native American communities in the Southwest and Northern Plains regions of the US. Climate Reporter Interns will report on stories about climate impacts and adaptations by tribes located in their regions, and gain experience developing multi-media communications for the web and social media. Articles will be published to the Native Climate website and shared among project partners.

This position will work remotely with regularly scheduled check-ins via Zoom, under the direction of the Native Climate communications coordinator.


This a 400 hour internship. Start/end date and schedule are flexible to the needs of the individual intern. Intern must be available for a check-in meeting via Zoom or Teams for one hour per week during normal business hours (9am-5pm PT) on a Monday through Thursday.


  • A strong interest in communications, journalism, agriculture, or STEM.
  • Strong knowledge of Indigenous communities and cultures.
  • Access to a computer with internet.
  • Access to a smartphone capable of collecting photos and voice recordings.
  • Located in the Southwest (NV, UT, AZ, NM) or Northern Plains (MT, WY, CO, ND, SD, NB) regions of the US.
  • Creativity, strong writing skills, and an interest in storytelling.
  • Must work well independently.
  • Hiring preference will be given to members of federally or state recognized tribes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Currently pursuing a degree in communications, journalism, or a related field. Recent graduates also welcome to apply.
  • Good organizational skills and ability to meet deadlines in a remote work setting.
  • Access to transportation and ability to travel short distances (up to 50 miles) for in-person reporting assignments.
How to Apply:

Please submit the following:

  • Current resume
  • Cover letter detailing why you are interested in this opportunity and how your background and experience prepare you for this job

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received, or a hiring decision has been made. For questions regarding this position, please call the Recruiting Office at 775-673-7335.

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