For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organization, 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.
WWF seeks a Media & External Affairs (MXA) intern to help support the team’s overall functions and provide media relations and communications support, particularly around the organization’s work with private sector partners, food, forests, markets and climate. The team designs and executes media relations and influencer engagement strategies to support our conservation mission. The team engages in and influences the public discourse to: advance priority conservation and advocacy goals; enhance WWF’s relevance with key partners; increase understanding and support for conservation and sustainability broadly; and help expand the thought leadership of WWF experts.
Media RelationsSupports core media relations administrative and operational duties for the team, including monitoring and reporting when WWF appears in the news and compiling media reports for specific campaigns, developing and maintaining current journalist outreach lists, and other specific media relations tasks as assigned.Identifies new outlets and opportunities for earned media placement.Assists with developing press materials, including statements, talking points, and media advisories.
Key Events SupportSupports media relations and social media efforts around three major global moments, including the UN General Assembly and Climate Week (mid-September), the 3rd round of negotiations for a UN Global Treaty to End Plastic Pollution – INC3 (mid-November), and the UN Climate Change Conference – COP28 (late-November).
Owned Content & Social MediaSupports additional written content for WWF’s private sector engagement external communications work, including blogs for WWF’s Sustainability Works platform.Develops and reviews dynamic content for social media, specifically helping support WWF’s Sustainability Works Twitter handle, WWFNews Twitter handle and LinkedIn channel (social graphics, animations, infographics, text-only witty content, etc.).Develops content and plans to promote WWF’s Nature Breaking podcastMonitors social media influencers and identifies opportunities for engagement.Tracks traditional and social media metrics to evaluate effectiveness.
GeneralCollaborates with managers to implement communications plans as appropriate.Additional duties as assigned.
Skills and AbilitiesExcellent communication and interpersonal skills.Strong writing skills are required.Strong research skills are required.Strong organizational/analytical skills.Highly motivated, self-starter who knows how to take projects and run with them.Able to prioritize deadlines, work on multiple projects, and manage relationships across the organization.Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Experience or willingness to learn Mailchimp and Airtable.Working knowledge of Canva, Photoshop, InDesign and other content editing software a plus.Proficiency and demonstrated understanding/expertise in social media content development (Twitter).Knowledge of the ever-changing media landscape a plus.Interest in corporate sustainability and climate change and comfortable working with external partners.Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration.
US hybrid in Washington, DC or remote. All candidates are required to be available to work Eastern Standard time. WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming.
Compensation Paid, $17 per hour, full time for an average of 35 hours per week.
How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page. *Finalists will be asked to provide a writing sample or participate in a writing test. If selected for the role, you will need to provide 2 letters of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.
*Please note, this internship is six months with the potential to extend.
*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.
To Apply:Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #IN-24010Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
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. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.