Communications Intern

International Rivers



International Rivers’ 2023 internship will focus on coordination of the 26th annual International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers on March 14th followed by supporting the rollout of the River Resource Hub. The main responsibilities include corresponding with participants, coordinating outreach and marketing, designing social media for the event, assisting with event planning and editing online and website content. 

International Rivers

International Rivers protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them. International Rivers envisions a world where healthy rivers and the rights of local communities are valued and protected. We work to stop destructive dams and promote water and energy solutions for a just and sustainable world. Since 1985, International Rivers has been at the heart of the global struggle to protect rivers and the rights of communities that depend on them. Armed with on the ground evidence and cutting edge research, International Rivers mobilizes civil society and communities to advocate for improved river basin governance, transparent and accountable energy infrastructure, and human rights. We have been the driving force behind iconic campaigns to protect the world’s great rivers from harmful projects and pioneered global policy solutions. We are a global organization based in the United States with established regional offices in Asia, South America and Africa. 

International Day of Action for Rivers

Since 1997, International Rivers (IR) has served as the international coordinator of Day of Action for Rivers events around the world. March 14th has served as the Brazilian Day of Action Against Dams for decades, and was adopted as the International Day of Action Against Dams and for Rivers, Water and Life at the First International Meeting of Dam-Affected People in Curitiba in 1997. At the 2010 Rivers for Life 3 in Mexico, participants noted the importance of taking bold action on this and every day.

Each year, we’ve seen more than 100 actions from over 50 countries, and this year we hope to promote the theme and inspire staff, board, partner and wider public participation to maximize the inspirational potential of the International Day of Action for Rivers. IR also organizes and attends specific events on or around March 14th. Occasionally we have offered a theme or idea for participants to organize around, if they choose. This helps draw attention to specific issues, provides motivation for organizing, and helps with communications.

Day of Action Responsibilities:

  • Correspond with participants before and after the event through email, social media and by phone; answer inquiries and send updates, reminders, and materials;
  • Promote overall theme for 2023;
  • Write, translate, email and post calls to action;
  • Manage NGOs listserv and Day of Action for Rivers listserv;
  • Coordinate and/or write International Day of Action for Rivers blogging (~1x per week, plus staff & guest bloggers) and write the summary blog;
  • Create and/or post content on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube; share updates/blogs/photos from participants and events from around the world and create Facebook events for local International Rivers’ event. Work with regional staff and partners to create content in multiple languages;
  • Share Day of Action for Rivers materials (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Chinese, French, plus others); post updated materials to website as needed;
  • Manage data about planned events, track number of events planned and number of countries, using Google Maps database and Google spreadsheet;
  • Assist with coordination & execution of local event;
  • Email and present inspirational updates to staff about actions planned, including ours;
  • Manage Day of Action for Rivers section of website making sure it is clear, dynamic, engaging and exciting;
  • Create a photo gallery on Flickr (and edit other sets as needed);
  • Prepare report and presentation with the global outcomes and analysis of the 2023 edition in comparison with past Day of Action

River Resource Hub (RRH) Responsibilities:

  • Review and edit content for RRH website
  • Coordinate staff to assist in editing and review
  • Support the Communications team with the RRH rollout plan 


  • Excellent writing skills and attention to detail
  • Proficiency with Canva, Google Suite, social media, website platforms
  • Ability to work independently
  • Additional language proficiency preferred

Role dimensions:

Dates:         until 30 April 2023 (with some flexibility with start and end dates)

Wage: Unpaid internship

Hours:        ~20 hours per week (average), with additional hours the week of Mar 6, 2023

Location: Remote

How to apply

To apply, email your resume/CV and cover letter to with the subject line Communications Intern.

Applications will be open until the position is filled.

International Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates regardless of age, class, disability status, ethnicity, gender, race and sexual orientation.




IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development