Communications Intern - The National Wildlife Federation

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Location: Washington, DC

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has grown into America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 51 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, etc. The mission of the National Wildlife Federation is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world. The organization's programs focus on conserving wildlife, restoring habitat and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, we seek a Communications Intern to work in our National Advocacy Center in Washington, DC.

The communications intern will provide day-to-day task and long-term campaign support to the communications team and National Advocacy Center. The communications intern will work across many different areas of conservation, including policy, advocacy, education, and community engagement. 

The Intern must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule. This 11-month position offers $12.50/hour plus core benefits. 

In this role you will:

  • Write press releases, create media advisories, op-eds, blogs, social media toolkits and other communications materials
  • Help coordinate marketing and communication campaign materials across departments 
  • Help plan external meetings and events as well as meetings in the office with external partners and others
  • Help compile media placement tracking reports and other analytics
  • Assist in creating media lists and editorial calendars to aid in the Campaign Planning Process
  • Assist with the writing and distribution of press releases (internally and to the media) and then tracking NWF story placements across the internet, publications and clipping services
  • Make basic edits and updates to the Communications and Marketing sections of the NWF web site


  • Bachelor's degree required with communications coursework or hands-on training desired
  • Excellent writing and oral communications skills
  • Strong editing skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and flexibility
  • The ability to work independently and cooperatively across teams; able to finish projects with minimal supervision
  • Good multi-tasking and time management skills; able to meet deadlines
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office; experience with lists and databases a plus
  • Spanish fluency preferred

The employee's actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. 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 abilities, religious and political beliefs. 

The National Wildlife Federation offers excellent benefits, competitive compensation, and a family-friendly, flexible work environment.  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.