• Climate Campaign and Outreach Intern

    Job Locations
    Seasonal, Full-Time
    Job Category
    Community Relations/Outreach
  • Overview

    Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action.  By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive.  And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level.  What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country.  Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).



    Position Summary

    Audubon’s Climate Strategy has a paid internship opportunity in Washington, DC, for an individual interested in issue campaigns, climate change, and environmental policy. The intern will work directly with Audubon’s Climate Program Manager and National Campaign Director on various research, outreach, and creative projects to advance our Climate Strategy goals and pass climate-related policies across the U.S. This internship is designed to provide the intern with the opportunity to interact with and learn from experts in the field of conservation and to make a contribution to Audubon’s climate work and campaign strategy.


    Submitting a cover letter is highly preferred

    Essential Functions

    This intern will contribute to the goals of the Climate Strategy in a variety of ways, with many opportunities to dive deeper into projects based on interest and needs. This intern will primarily support a number of state-level climate policy campaigns. They will have the opportunity to work with staff to create outreach materials and research additional engagement opportunities. The internship will have a significant impact on the progress of our campaigns in these key states as well as help communicate our climate science programs and research. Their work will help lay the groundwork for future campaigns and programs, helping deliver on our goals.

    At the end of the internship, the intern will:

    • Have gained valuable experiences from interacting with professional communicators, conservation leaders, and campaigners at Audubon, as well as with staff and volunteers from across the network.
    • Have developed a new set of communication and community organization skills and tangible achievements through hands-on work and responsibility.
    • Contributed meaningfully to the success of our policy campaigns through research, special projects and implementation.

    This full-time paid internship will run from January/February to summer 2019, with the potential for an extension.

    Qualifications and Experience

    Personal Attributes:

    • Self-starter with a creative, resourceful spirit.
    • Strong work ethic with exceptional organizational skills and an eye for details.
    • Dedicated and excited about working in a dynamic, fast-paced nonprofit organization.
    • Independent and able to work with little oversight.
    • Appetite for learning and growth.

    Primary Qualifications:

    • Strong oral and written communication skills; well organized.
    • A bachelor’s degree in political science, climate change, environmental studies, social sciences, communications and/or social change preferred.
    • Adaptable and versatile; able to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic work environment.
    • Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, and Microsoft Word.
    • Understanding of GIS or other mapping software a bonus.
    • Experience with InDesign or other creative software a bonus.
    • Genuine interest in conservation, the mission of the National Audubon Society, and social and environmental justice.
    • Having speaking proficiency in Spanish or another language other than English is a bonus.
    • People of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. We strongly encourage applications from minorities and women.


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