Communications Intern

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Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC
Department: Communications
Time Commitment: May 2015 – August 2015

Position Description:

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.  Founded in 1947, Defenders is one of the country’s leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. Organizational priorities include protecting and restoring imperiled North American wildlife; ensuring conservation of wildlife and habitat on federal public lands, with particular emphasis on national wildlife refuges and national forests; and ensuring the adoption and implementation of a national program for the conservation of wildlife, habitat and ecosystems in the face of global warming.

The Communications Intern will assist with the creation of copy for the blog and Twitter, video production and photo management. Opportunities to attend issue based meetings, participate in media planning strategy sessions and work with experienced communications experts.

Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through their schools or outside sources. We do offer a transportation stipend.


  • Photo editing: Digitally prepare images for internal use (resizing, color enhancements, captions)
  • Camera operations and videography:  participate in the advance work, filming and editing of short video projects that will be distributed to our supporters
  • Research and develop content for Defenders’ blog
  • Catalog images and input metadata into Digital Asset Management System
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Education: Must be a communications student currently enrolled in school or have graduated within the last year.
  • Experience: Interest in communications and public affairs
  • Other Qualifications:
  • Experience with Photoshop, Adobe Premiere, Final Cut Pro, Twitter and YouTube
  • Strong writing skills
  • Experience with DSLR cameras a plus

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send an email to and reference Communications Intern in the subject line. Please include a resume, cover letter and writing sample. We strongly encourage early applications, as offers will be made on a rolling basis.

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.