Environmental Journalism Internship at RESOLVE, Washington, DC: research, writing, and social media management for a conservation technology web site
Do you have a fascination for emerging technology, wildlife, or tropical forests and are looking for a way to combine these interests, while gaining valuable writing and editing experience?
The Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions program (BWS) at RESOLVE, based in Washington, DC, is looking for interns to help research, write, and edit news, reviews, stories, and events on the use of technology to help bridge the gap between innovators in the tech and wildlife fields.
BWS is one of three founding partners of wildtech.mongabay.com, part of the mongabay.com environmental news platform, designed to bring together designers of innovative technology with on-the-ground forest managers, wildlife researchers, and conservationists that can really use technology to conserve wildlife and wild places.
- Research, write, and help edit news articles, interviews, and other online media for wildtech.mongabay.com and the BWS program area on the RESOLVE web site.
- Help manage the community and social media activities of the website by tracking forum discussion, promoting upcoming stories and events, and managing the site’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
- Help with website fundraising, including developing and tracking proposals, budgets, and communications to partners and potential donors.
- Provide programmatic support to the website partnership and participate in brainstorming and program development for BWS. This could include assistance with program planning, taking meeting minutes, helping with manuscript preparation, and drafting reports and summaries for other BWS projects.
- Apply your journalism and communication skills to create compelling stories on the use of technology for conservation and research.
- Determine the potential and limitations of current and emerging technologies, from independent research and directly from developers and conservationists at the cutting edge of their fields.
- Help develop strategies for online relationship building with a multi-sector (e.g. tech, science, communications, defense) community.
- Explore ways that conservationists on the ground are addressing real-world forest- and wildlife-related challenges
- Join the BWS team to discuss timely scientific articles and theories behind conservation biology in a weekly journal club.
- Gain additional consensus-building and collaboration skills through opportunities in related projects.
We are looking for energetic and motivated recent graduates and graduate students with:
- Background in environmental journalism, communications, environmental science, or other related discipline.
- Ability to research and critically review information.
- Excellent writing and editing skills, including delivering complex information to a non-tech audience.
- Good organizational skills and an ability to prioritize time-sensitive assignments.
- Strong communication skills.
- Familiarity with posting to social media
- Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.
- Capacity to work independently, with limited supervision, and as part of a team
- Professional creativity and flexibility.
Interest in wildlife conservation, forest management, and related issues. Prior biological field work, writing experience relating to technology or natural resource issues, and experience with AV equipment, web development (particularly WordPress), and Google Analytics are all a plus.
RESOLVE is an independent non-profit organization in Washington, D.C., focused on building strong, enduring solutions to environmental, social, and health challenges. We help community, business, government, foundation, and non-governmental organization leaders solve challenging problems, achieve enduring results, and create productive, lasting relationships through collaboration.
The Biodiversity and Wildlife Solutions program focuses on two main themes: the ecology and conservation of wildlife and wild places and innovative ways to conserve them. Our work includes identifying and supporting technological and strategic solutions to problems such as habitat loss and degradation, wildlife poaching, human-wildlife conflict, and scientific data collection, particularly in tropical countries.
Interns will gain familiarity with a variety of projects, technologies, and people in our target regions and taxa (especially rhinos, elephants, apes, and tigers).
Intern start and end dates are year-round and flexible, though we request a minimum of 3 months commitment. Time commitment is typically 35 hours per week. Interns will receive a monthly stipend of $1,000.
We value all of our interns and will work with you to make sure you receive a learning experience that fits your career goals.
To apply, please email your resume, cover letter, and a 1-2 page writing sample (can be something you’ve already written) to. Please do not e-mail other staff or inquire about opportunities by phone.