Media Relations Internship

Navy Yard, Washington DC
$13 per hour, minimum of 4 months, 28 hours per week
Dec 15, 2017
Entry Level
Metro Area
Freelance, Internship


Immediate Media Relations Internship Opportunity


The African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) is the oldest and largest international conservation organization focused on Africa. The Media Relations Intern will work in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented team on a wide variety of projects across a number of departments, to help advance and manage AWF messaging and public identity. AWF staff strives to make internship experiences valuable and meaningful for both the intern and the organization. Over the course of four months, interns will work independently and collaboratively on an array of projects that are set up to meet personal goals, interests, and strengths. Our goal is to provide interns with experience and knowledge to advance professional careers.

Interested candidates should submit a brief email that contains a cover letter and resume to In addition, please write 350-500 words on a problem in the world that you are passionate about, and a recommendation for solving it. You may attach this writing sample to the same email.


  • Write press releases and submit online to AWF’s news site for public consumption and/or for pitching to the media
  • Research potential AWF-related stories and events, and pitch internally for rollout over the next two years
  • Identify key members of the media focused on conservation and/or environmental topics, and compile into a database
  • Analyze AWF media hits and help set benchmarks for future outreach activities, plus update internal resource tools
  • Attend weekly team meetings and occasional multi-departmental meetings for AWF brainstorming & collaborating
  • Facilitate relationship building with journalists, producers, photographers/filmmakers, event organizers, and bloggers
  • Compile AWF’s bi-weekly media clips for inclusion in the “Big 5” electronic newsletter for distribution to donors etc.


  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, ideally with copy-editing experience (AP Style)
  • Creative, analytical thinker with strong attention to detail and presentation
  • Strong research and computer skills, with the ability to adapt complicated data into news for the public consumption
  • Interest in conservation issues (ideally focused on wildlife) and/or Africa issues
  • Interest in media relations; experience through coursework or past employment/internships is a distinct advantage
  • Regular personal consumption of related print and digital media, public radio, broadcast, and TV series/documentaries

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