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. 




Position Summary

The Communications Intern will be in charge of implementing the social media and engagement strategy for Audubon’s Connecticut and New York regional office.


At this time, this position is completely remote. There is the potential for in-person work at our office in Albany, NY, however it’s not required.


The internship will begin in January 2022 and the duration will depend on whether you choose to do it for academic credit or as a paid internship. As a paid intern, you will receive $15/hour for your work up to 180 hours, to be completed any time before June 1, 2022. We are very flexible on schedule because a large percentage of your work will not be time-sensitive. If you’re interning for academic credit, we can work with you on a schedule that fits your school program requirements.

Essential Functions

You should be a superstar writer and a creative thinker, able to write a blog post about migration and then transform the narrative to fit in an Instagram story and Twitter post. You will also help create the templates and norms which future interns will build upon (content calendars, evergreen copy and design for social, etc.). You will report to the Communications Manager.

  • In coordination with the Communications Manager, develop and implement a social media strategy that will broaden Audubon’s visibility and reach, and serve as a set of guidelines for future interns to build upon.
  • Engage Audubon members across NY and CT on local, state, and national conservation issues, focusing on issues related to coastal policies, forest stewardship, native plants, climate change and renewable energy, environmental program funding, etc. 
  • Help test new ways for Audubon to be more equitable and inclusive in our messaging and in how we put our messages out into the world.
  • Create, edit, and post social media content (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram), using tools like Buffer, Hootesuite, Canva.
  • Develop a social media content calendar alongside Communications Manager.
  • Engage with followers who write in with questions about birds or programs.
  • Research, develop, and fact check stories for Audubon websites that expands our reach and deepens our audience’s affinity for our work.
  • Mine our social and web data to discover the post popular content, and figure out how to repurpose it.
  • Report monthly on outcomes of engagement. Evaluate results and make recommendations to enhance strategy.
  • Carry out other special assignments determined by the Communications Manager.

Qualifications and Experience

  • The internship is well suited for college juniors, college seniors, and graduate students studying writing, marketing/communications, or journalism. We are also happy to consider any candidates looking for relevant experience.
  • Interest in birds, nature, and/or wildlife.
  • Desire to educate others about conservation and the natural world.
  • Highly organized (there is an elaborate Excel spreadsheet in your future!)
  • High degree of personal initiative, flexibility, and creativity.


To Apply:

Please send your resume and complete the following short assignment. Review our website and social media pages to ensure you understand our tone and style. Through this, we are looking at your ability to write for different platforms and audiences. If you’d like to send additional writing samples, you can (please, no 10 page papers!).


ASSIGNMENT: Read this popular blog post about native plants

( Take the content and draft 2 posts for Facebook, 1 post for Instagram, and 2 posts for Twitter. Write a catchy 30-40 word blurb for an email newsletter.

EEO Statement

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 identity, 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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COVID Policy

Beginning September 15, 2021: Audubon requires all staff either to provide proof of being fully vaccinated or, if they cannot provide such proof for any reason, to wear a mask while working indoors, including in all Audubon facilities and offsite, and while working outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing. In addition, at this time and until CDC recommendations change, all staff in counties the CDC identifies as having “substantial” and “high” COVID transmission ratesmust wear masks indoors (unless alone in a closed office) and outdoors in situations where they cannot maintain social distancing regardless of vaccination status. 


This policy covers national and state offices, centers, and sanctuaries, as well as Audubon employees working offsite. Should you be selected for this position, you will be asked to acknowledge you have read the above policy and provide your vaccination status.


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