TERM: Summer
LOCATION: Remote Telework
REPORTS TO: Senior Director, Online Strategy


Named one of the best groups to support 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 annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® and National River Cleanup® campaigns. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., American Rivers has offices across the country and more than 350,000 members, supporters and volunteers. American Rivers maintains a positive work environment with a culture of learning, support and balance. For more information please visit www.americanrivers.org.

At American Rivers, “rivers connect us” is more than just our tagline. Rivers connect all people, refreshing our bodies, renewing our spirits, bringing life-giving water, economic opportunity and recreation to our communities. And rivers do so with no regard to race, ethnicity, social and economic status, where we worship, or who we love. We owe it to the rivers we love and the people we serve to act in this same spirit; to foster diversity, equity and inclusion and justice in all that we do. To that end, we will build a robust, powerful and diverse movement for the conservation of rivers and water resources that is truly representative of the communities across the country. We will honor the values and needs of those communities most impacted by environmental inequities and injustices. And we will strive for an organizational culture in which people of all identities — particularly those who traditionally have not been included — feel valued and have the power to influence change.

In achieving our mission, American Rivers is guided by six core values: Passion, Integrity, Teamwork, Commitment, Balance, and Diversity, equity and inclusion. These core values are the foundation for our work and inform all of our interactions and communications both inside and outside of the organization. For more information about our values please visit https://www.americanrivers.org/about-us/our-values/.


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 AmericanRivers.org, and writing content for our blog.  We are looking for someone who is obsessed with social media, ideally has experience with the WordPress platform, and has a passion for all things rivers. 

The intern will improve their core communications skills by supporting the design and execution of social media posts. 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 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, work in the back-end of our eCRM, and remain current with best practices, strategies, and industry standards related to online communications. 


  • Create and post content on social media
  • Create and edit web pages on Americanrivers.org
  • Pulling data reports from Google Analytics and other platforms
  • Assisting the digital team with research and content organization projects
  • Actively participate in team meetings and trainings
  • Manage and complete special project(s) and other duties as assigned


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Youtube, etc)
  • Some experience or understanding of WordPress or similar CMS.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office, Word and Excel
  • Detail-Oriented and self-motivated
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Commitment to American Rivers’ Core Values

TIME COMMITMENT AND PAY: American Rivers’ summer internship lasts at least eight weeks between the period of June 2021 – August 2021. This internship requires a minimum commitment of 24 hours per week during regular business hours. This internship is unpaid. American Rivers will provide a teleworking subsidy of $50 per month during the internship period to help offset the costs of personal telecommunications and internet services. In addition, American Rivers will work with the intern to obtain academic credit where available.

APPLICATIONS: Internship applications will be accepted through June 4, 2021. Applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to https://americanrivers.bamboohr.com/jobs/. 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