IN-23009 Media & External Affairs Intern, Climate Media

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World Wide Fund for Nature

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Washington, DC, United States

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30+ days ago

WWF Overview
For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organization, WWF works in more than 100 countries, connecting cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field – more than one million supporters in the United States and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.

Our vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WWF is an organization as diverse as the world we protect; where the richness of all our unique views, experiences, and backgrounds combines to create the most sustainable and inclusive conservation outcomes possible — bringing the greatest benefit to the planet and every person who lives on it.

Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, we are unified by one mission, one brand, and one common set of values: Courage, Respect, Integrity and Collaboration.

Position Summary
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Media & External Affairs (MXA) intern to help support the team’s overall functions and provide media relations and communications support, particularly around the organization’s work on climate change, federal policy and corporate partnerships.

The MXA team designs and executes media relations and influencer engagement strategies to support our conservation mission. The team engages in and influences the public discourse to advance priority conservation and advocacy goals; enhance WWF’s relevance with key partners; increase understanding and support for conservation and sustainability broadly; and help expand the thought leadership of WWF staff.
Media Relations
  • Research emerging trends in traditional and new media engagement and develop effective strategies to employ these trends to grow relationships with reporters, with a focus on journalists and media who are covering the climate crisis.
  • Supports team media and communications efforts around large-scale climate and policy moments and key legislative moments for conservation on the Hill.
  • Supports core media relations administrative and operational duties for the team, including monitoring and reporting when WWF appears in the news and compiling media reports for specific campaigns, developing and maintaining current journalist outreach lists, and other specific media relations tasks as assigned.
  • Identifies new outlets and opportunities for earned media placement.
  • Assists with developing press materials, including statements, talking points, and media advisories.
Owned Content & Social Media
  • Develops and reviews dynamic content for social media (social graphics, animations, infographics, text-only witty content, etc.).
  • Monitors social media landscape and identifies opportunities to amplify content.
  • Tracks traditional and social media metrics to evaluate effectiveness.
  • Collaborates with managers to implement communications plans as appropriate.
  • Additional duties as assigned.
Skills and Abilities
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong writing skills are required.
  • Strong research skills are required.
  • Strong organizational/analytical skills.
  • Highly motivated, self-starter who knows how to take projects and run with them.
  • Able to prioritize deadlines, work on multiple projects, and manage relationships across the organization.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite required. Experience or willingness to learn Mailchimp and Airtable.
  • Working knowledge of Canva, Photoshop, InDesign and other content editing software a plus.
  • Proficiency and demonstrated understanding/expertise in social media content development (Twitter).
  • Knowledge of the ever-changing media landscape a plus.
  • Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration.
  • Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
  • Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
  • Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
  • Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
  • A Bachelor’s degree or anticipated Bachelor's degree in communications is preferred.
  • Media relations and/or communications experience a plus.
  • Ability to work full time or no less than 4 days per week for the duration of the internship.
US Remote. All candidates are required to be available to work Eastern Standard time. WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wyoming.

Paid - $16 per hour (35 hours per week).
This internship concludes after 12 months (with flexibility).

WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #IN-23009
  • Due to the high volume of applications, we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
  • Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.