Thursday, January 5, 2012

Wash DC Internship: Part Time Communication/Media Intern

Position Available: Part Time Communication/Media Intern

Organization Description
Founded in 1971, the Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum provides a unique year-round environmental science and food education program for youth and families via four core environmental science and food education programs Garden Science, Seed To Supper, Growing Food…Growing Together and SPROUT and a one acre teaching  and demonstration garden at the U.S. National Arboretum.

Through garden exploration, the mission of the Washington Youth Garden is to inspire and engage youth and families in self-discovery, explore relationships with food and the natural world, and contribute to the health of the environment and their communities.

Seeking an energetic, creative individual with strong communication and social media skills to assist small staff with managing and advancing the organization’s communication systems.  The Communications/Media Intern will have the opportunity to work on a variety of communication projects involving website and blog maintenance, newsletter development and writing, coordinating presence on social media networks, communications database development and maintenance, writing articles and organizational communications, as well as assisting with programs and special events. Intern would report to WYG’s Program Director.

Primary responsibilities will include:
•    Managing website, blog and other social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, Flickr);
•    Assist with ongoing development, design, editing and dissemination of WYG’s e-newsletter;
•    Assist with development and maintenance of communications database;
•    Cultivate WYG’s electronic and print media contact database (and place stories in print, blogs and other online sites where applicable);
•    Assist with creation and maintenance of garden signage;
•    Photographic documentation of programming and special events; and
•    Occasional program and special events support.

At minimum 1-2 years of media/communications operation experience.
•    Excellent written communications skills; excellent interpersonal skills;
•    Excellent computer skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, etc.); experience or willingness to learn Non-Profit Soapbox, and Emma Email Marketing Service;
•    Experience with social networking sites such as Facebook, Flickr;
•    Creative self-starter; proven ability to work independently and as a team player; manage details and complete assignments in an efficient and effective manner;
•    Enthusiasm for sustainable food movement; interest in nonprofit communications, and marketing;
•    Arts/creative experiences, photography and bilingual skills are highly recommended.

Time commitment:
Part-time (approximately 20 hours per week) three month position beginning early February through April 2012.  The start and end dates and hourly commitment of the internship are flexible and can be adjusted in response to both organization’s and intern’s needs.

The internship is unpaid, but WYG can arrange for the intern to earn academic credit through one’s college or university if applicable.

How to Apply
Application due January 19th, 2012
Please email resume, cover letter, and references to

No phone calls please

The Washington Youth Garden

3501 New York Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002-1958
Phone 202-245-2709    Fax 202-544-5398

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