Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

September 1, 2015

Help Washington Wildlife!


The Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition seeks a motivated intern who wants to work with a conservation advocacy group to get media coverage of conservation and public lands stewardship and learn about messaging and communications for advocacy campaigns and coalition building.

Position title: Marketing and Communications Intern

Name of organization: Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition



This position offers an opportunity to strengthen your outreach and communication skills, learn about federal and state conservation policy, gain experience working with and creating materials for newspapers and other media, build your professional resume, and help protect the environment and access to the outdoors. The position is a three-month commitment with the possibility of extension.

This position is ideal for a college student or recent graduate in journalism, communications, political science, or a related field with a strong interest in media, political advocacy work, and outdoor recreation and conservation.

We are a professional, mostly young staff with a good sense of humor in a fast-paced office doing work that is simultaneously incredibly depressing and incredibly fulfilling. We are committed to providing excellent skills development, networking assistance, informational interview referrals, and professional references for successful candidates. Course credit may be available for university students.


Internship projects include:

Media: Assisting with writing and placing letters to the editor, op-eds, and other pieces in a variety of papers and media outlets around the state.

Social media: Assisting with social media for campaigns and base-building.

Communications: Experience with messaging and communications for campaigns. Assisting with creating materials for donors and outreach.

Office skills: This internship is the perfect fit for someone determined to gain experience using a variety of professional tools, including Salesforce, Microsoft and Adobe suites, and other data collection and management software.


About the Coalition:

Representing more than 280 environmental, business, and recreation groups, the Coalition works to protect parks, wildlife habitat, and working farms throughout Washington. Since 1990, the Coalition has advocated for more than $1.3 billion in funding from the Washington state legislature for over 1,200 neighborhood parks and ball fields, biking and walking trails, nature preserves, local beaches and boat launches, wildlife habitat, working farms, and state parks.

Time commitment: 10+ hours/week. Flexible schedule

Skill requirements:

Excellent oral and written communication skills, especially written. You will be doing a lot of writing.

Strong research skills.

Attention to detail and high level of organization.

Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite.

Ability to juggle multiple tasks in a deadline-driven environment.

Ability to respond well to guidance but work independently.

Ability to adapt to changing priorities.

Design experience or experience with Adobe Suites is a bonus.


Start date: 9/15/2015

End date: 12/15/2015


Location: 1402 Third Ave, Suite 507 Seattle, WA 98101


How to apply:

Qualified applicants may submit resume and cover letter to Please use “Media and Communications Internship” as your subject line. No phone calls please.

Supervisor contact info:

Karin Frank