Social Media and Communications Intern (Summer 2018)

American Rivers

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸


American Rivers is seeking a Social Media and Communications Intern who will be responsible for creating and maintaining a strong social media presence for the organization, publishing content to, and researching and creating a database of local river nonprofits.

The intern will improve their core communications skills by supporting the design and execution of a social media marketing campaign, from the initial planning stages through to final reporting. By helping to develop other social media campaigns and setting up web pages from scratch, the intern will also acquire strong back-end web skills. Through researching articles, interviewing American Rivers staff [where appropriate] and writing blog posts and website articles, the intern will both develop valuable interpersonal skills and learn how to tailor media to a specific target audience.The intern will compile marketing statistics (e.g. followers, likes, etc.) on the success of campaigns, and remain current with best practices, strategies, and industry standards related to online communications.

We are looking for someone who is obsessed with social media, is capable of creating effective social media campaigns, has experience with the WordPress platform, and has a passion for all things rivers.


  • Current or recent student, with educational background in marketing, communications, or environmental science a plus;
  • Experience with the effective marketing and utilization of social channels including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Google+, YouTube, and LinkedIn;
  • Proven effectiveness with managing timely delivery of work against short deadlines;
  • We are a dispersed team, so an ability to communicate effectively through email, phone, Slack, and Skype is a must.


American Rivers’ summer 2018 internships will begin in late May or early June and last for 10 weeks, ending in mid-August. The Social Media and Communications Internship requires a commitment of at least 20 hours per week. Internships are unpaid; however, a travel subsidy of $5 per day is available to help offset the costs of the intern’s commute. In addition to the travel subsidy, where available we will work with the intern to gain school credit.


Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants should use the online form to submit their application and resume. No phone calls please.