Coastal Communications Intern

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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 approximately 450 local chapters, 120 campus chapters, 17 state and regional offices, 34 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. 


The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.


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Position Summary

The intern will be a valuable contributor to the communications and coastal teams at Audubon North Carolina, the state office of the National Audubon Society. The intern will create digital content in support of Audubon's coastal resilience program, which is based at our 2,600-acre Pine Island Sanctuary in the Outer Banks. At Pine Island, Audubon studies rapid coastal change and engages community partners in creating solutions for birds and people.

Audubon is seeking candidates who are undergraduate or graduate students majoring in communications, journalism, marketing, or another related field. The intern will create impactful content (reported articles, blog posts, social media, possibly print) for Audubon's coastal resilience program at Pine Island. The content will vary and will be dependent in part on the intern’s interests and skillsets. In addition to gaining storytelling and communication skills, the intern will have opportunities to network with Audubon staff and volunteers in North Carolina and around the nation, and will leave with a robust communications portfolio. The internship lasts 8 weeks at 40 hours per week, fully remote. Start and end dates are relatively flexible, and the internship will likely span a period from mid-May to mid-July. There may be an opportunity for the intern to visit Pine Island Sanctuary during the internship. Mileage for travel will be reimbursed and overnight accommodations will be provided or reimbursed for trips.

Applicants must upload a one-page cover letter and one-page resume describing their interest in the position and relevant experience. Applications lacking a cover letter will not be reviewed.

Essential Functions

  • Write articles and blog posts for Audubon’s website about coastal conservation at Pine Island Sanctuary and throughout North Carolina.
  • Create content for social media (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter) including writing original posts, and sourcing and editing photos.
  • Support stakeholder engagement strategies with diverse groups including local communities, business, NGOs, government agencies, private landowners, and academic institutions.
  • Network with Audubon communications staff across the nation to gain a better understanding of working at a large non-profit and career paths at Audubon.
  • Other duties as needed and assigned.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Completed coursework and/or a bachelor’s degree in journalism, communications/mass communications, marketing, or a related field.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to interview, research, and write compelling stories.
  • Experience managing Facebook and Instagram personally and/or on behalf of organizations.
  • An interest in environmental conservation as a career path.
  • A self-starter, one who is motivated and able to work in a decentralized environment.
  • Website development experience preferred, but not required.


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