The person in this position is responsible for assisting the editorial team through a range of tasks that support senior content producers in the commission, planning and production of print and multimedia content for Earthjustice. The editorial department works within the communications department to communicate Earthjustice’s legal and advocacy work to a broad and diverse audience.
Interns have the opportunity to contribute to Earthjustice’s blog and newsletter, with an online audience of more than 1.5 million supporters. They are also invited to pitch and write for Earthjustice Quarterly magazine, with a circulation of more than 80,000. Senior staff members work with interns to hone their interviewing, writing, reporting and fact-checking skills. Once the internship ends, interns often have the opportunity to continue working for Earthjustice on a contract basis.
This is a part-time internship that requires between 15 and 20 hours of work per week. Hours are flexible, but the intern must be in the office on Mondays for the weekly department check-in. We offer a stipend for the semester.
Below is a general timeline for communications internships. Applications are accepted year-round.
Internship Duration: June through August
Application Deadline: April 30
Internship Duration: September through December
Application Deadline: July 15
Internship Duration: January through May
Application Deadline: November 15
- Serve as a regular contributor to Earthjustice’s print and electronic publications, such as the magazine, blog, e-newsletter and website.
- Assist the editorial team in the production of Earthjustice Quarterly Magazine. Specific duties include: conducting research in support of articles, sidebars and special projects; writing copy, captions and credits; and finding photos and graphics.
- Assist the editorial team in updating existing website content.
- Assist the editorial team in raising the profile of Earthjustice multimedia content through online and social media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube; track readership metrics; and promote content to outside sources.
- Participate in brainstorms with the entire Creative Team on the development of campaigns, initiatives and other storytelling projects.
- We prefer applicants to be currently enrolled in college, but will make exceptions for qualified candidates. They should be passionate about environmental issues and have exposure to previous communications work, though professional work experience is not required.
- A minimum of two years of college- or professional-level writing or editing experience is required.
- Excellent command of vocabulary, spelling, grammar and writing essentials, including demonstrated experience writing compelling print and online stories.
- Able to hit the ground running with minimal training in how to write professionally.
- Critical thinker, highly competent at understanding, distilling and effectively communicating complex issues to a lay audience.
- Exceptional online research skills, especially in data collection, fact-checking and image searches.
- Meticulous attention to detail, including excellent proofreading skills.
- Demonstrated ability to plan and manage multiple assignments to meet publication deadlines with minimal supervisory oversight.
- Strong collaborator, able to pitch ideas and provide regular project updates to cross-functional peers.
- Willingness to seek appropriate direction and guidance from supervisors when needed.
- Solid knowledge of MS Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint.
- Excellent interpersonal skills with the confidence to interact effectively with all levels of management and staff.
- Professional, positive and approachable attitude.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, and resume specifying which internship time frame they are interested in (Summer, Fall or Spring).Bay Area applicants preferred.
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Founded in 1971, Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health; to preserve magnificent places and wildlife; to advance clean energy; and to combat climate change. We partner with thousands of groups, supporters, individuals and communities to engage the critical environmental issues of our time, and bring about positive change. We are here because the earth needs a good lawyer.