The Africa Biodiversity Collaborative Group (ABCG), via its host organization African Wildlife Foundation, seeks a motivated Communications and Engagement Intern to support this partnership of seven U.S. based non-governmental organizations with field programs in Africa; African Wildlife Foundation, Conservation International, the Jane Goodall Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Society, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund. By leveraging their collective resources, ABCG tackles complex and high priority conservation challenges across sub-Saharan Africa to achieve natural resource and biodiversity conservation in balance with sustained human livelihoods.
Through this collaboration, ABCG aims to:
- Identify and prioritize critical and emerging conservation issues affecting Africa;
- Foster technical and information exchange through partnerships with African institutions and civil society, to implement new approaches and build communities of practice; and
- Synthesize collective lessons from field activities and share them with a broader multi-sector community in the United States and Africa for data-driven decision-making and policy integration.
The Communications and Engagement Intern will have the opportunity to learn about communicating key messages, building brand awareness, and deepening stakeholder engagement that will protect wildlife and natural resources across the African continent. S/he will work closely with the ABCG Communications and Engagement Specialist to raise awareness, deepen stakeholder engagement and promote ABCG’s efforts to address emerging and high priority themes affecting biodiversity conservation in Africa.
- Learning and applying ABCG standards on assignments;
- Assist to organize and draft social media posts on ABCG’s Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn sites on conservation issues affecting Africa;
- Build connections on social media;
- Learn to draft engaging articles and messages for the ABCG website, e-newsletter and external publications, including brochures, and fact sheets;
- Assist in organizing, planning, and coordinating outreach events including brown bag lectures, roundtables, and workshops;
- Assist to manage ABCG’s listserve and other contact lists, and;
- Keep abreast with sector updates for outreach, communication and collaboration opportunities
The ideal candidate for this internship should be a current undergraduate or graduate student with a concentration in communications, marketing, or public relations, with a strong interest/background in conservation.
Additionally, the ideal candidate would possess:
- Interest/background in wildlife conservation, foreign policy, climate change, and other conservation issues;
- Ability to work independently, and to collaborate effectively as a member of a team;
- Basic website and social media competency;
- Good writing skills;
- An eye for details—from grammar to new opportunities;
- A great attitude and desire to learn;
- Commitment of minimum 20 hours/week.
- Graphic design skills are welcome;
- Constant Contact or other email marketing experience is a plus.
This internship is unpaid; however, a travel stipend will be provided.
How To Apply
Interested candidates are invited to view full Job Description and apply through http://www.awf.org/about/careers/. For full consideration of your application for this internship, please submit a cover letter, resume and brief writing sample (no more than 3 pages). Please describe in your cover letter your interest in this internship and how it relates to your career goals, and your availability.
Deadline: Monday February 18, 2019