REPORTS TO: Online Communications Manager

LOCATION: Washington, D.C.


Named one of the best groups to support in 2017 by “Outside” magazine, American Rivers protects wild rivers, restores damaged rivers, and conserves clean water for people and nature. Since 1973, American Rivers has protected and restored more than 150,000 miles of rivers through advocacy efforts, on-the-ground projects, and an annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® campaign. Headquartered in Washington, DC, American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 275,000 members, supporters and volunteers. For more information please visit

American Rivers embraces and celebrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in all that we do. Rivers Connect Us is more than just our tagline. The beauty of rivers is that they connect all people and communities, and we seek to build and embody this diversity in our organization and throughout the conservation field. The life experiences, knowledge, innovation, and talent that each individual brings to our work provides perspectives, experiences, and competencies which are critical to our effectiveness in protecting wild rivers, restoring damaged rivers, and conserving clean water for people and nature.


American Rivers is seeking a Social Media and Communications Intern who will be responsible for creating and maintaining social media content for the organization, publishing content to, and writing content for our blog.

The intern will improve their core communications skills by supportting 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.

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: American Rivers’ fall 2018 internship will begin in August/early September and end in December. 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: Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to with “Communications Internship” in the subject line. Please include in the cover letter why you are interested in the internship and your future career goals. No phone calls please.

American Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply