Internship – COMMUNICATIONS INTERN – DC Office

Internship – COMMUNICATIONS INTERN – DC Office

Is Internship: 
Yes
Paid Internship: 
No

The Environmental Working Group is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to protecting human health and the environment. Its mission is to empower people to live healthier lives in a healthier environment. Learn more at www.ewg.org.

The Basics: About This Internship

We are seeking a qualified individual to fill an unpaid internship that will support our communications staff. This internship presents a unique opportunity to learn the ins and outs of media outreach in a nonprofit setting by gaining knowledge about the strategies employed by our small but nimble and extremely effective communications department.

You will be doing true on-the-job training, working with science communicators to raise the profile of EWG and its issues in media outlets across the country. We like to work with our interns to customize the experience for your interests and school and career goals. And we provide substantive feedback throughout the experience.

Responsibilities: 
  • Research and write articles as needed for EWG’s website and blogs.
  • Research media outlets that might be interested in covering EWG’s research.
  • Maintain lists of reporters to aid in pitching news stories on EWG’s issues.
  • Summarize media coverage and compile quotes citing EWG.
  • Conduct preliminary research on stories that EWG might want to pitch to reporters.
  • Monitor topics from EWG and other environmental outlets that reporters and academics are talking about on social media.
Qualifications: 
  • Currently enrolled in college.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong organization and writing skills. A background in writing, from class or previous internships, is ideal.
  • Ability to multi-task and work efficiently and independently.
  • Interest in any of the following: environmental issues, public health, media relations, and/or science communication.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google Drive, and ability to quickly learn to use online media databases.

Benefits:

Unfortunately, EWG does not have the resources to support a paid communications internship this semester, but previous interns have found other aspects of work at EWG beneficial, including:

  • Building a portfolio of published articles.
  • Getting writing feedback from professional communicators.
  • Taking advantage of opportunities to attend hearings on Capitol Hill and special events in DC.
  • Working with highly skilled communications experts who are engaged in the intern’s professional development.
  • Playing a part in EWG’s vital environmental and public health mission.
  • Being part of a casual, fun office located centrally in the Metro-accessible, happening U Street area.
  • Garnering references and recommendation letters, if the intern does well.

Learning Objective for Internship and Work Sample Created:

  • Gaining understanding of how a nonprofit engages with media outlets and reporters to raise the profile of its issues and research.
  • Learning science communication and digital media techniques.
  • Obtaining insight into how a national nonprofit works and what a nonprofit career can be like.
How to Apply: 

Please e-mail cover letter, resume, and writing sample (2-3 pages maximum) to [email protected]. Please write “Communications Intern” in your email subject line.

Location:

Washington, D.C. office only