Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America’s largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation’s mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. The Federation serves as co-chair of the Choose Clean Water Coalition Steering Committee and provides fiscal and staffing support.

For 13 years, the Choose Clean Water Coalition has coordinated policy, advocacy, and messaging that advances the goals of the Chesapeake Bay restoration community. Reporting to the Choose Clean Water Coalition’s Senior Communications Manager, the Communications Intern will provide communications support to the Coalition and help advance the communications capacity of Coalition members. A part-time paid internship, this is a great opportunity for someone who is interested in gaining work experience in nonprofit communications and outreach. The internship will also provide significant professional development opportunities.

Primary Responsibilities

The Communications Intern will work directly with the Senior Communications Manager to complete the following objectives:

  • Assist in the development of resources for strategic communications campaigns of the Coalition, including but not limited to the 2023 Farm Bill, the Pennsylvania Agricultural Conservation Assistance Program, and the approaching 2025 deadline to have all pollution reduction practices in place as part of the Bay restoration effort.
  • Identify, develop, and execute special project(s) in coordination with the Senior Communications Manager.
  • Support the creation of new resources to help Coalition members communicate more effectively around issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Provide communications and logistical support for the 2024 Choose Clean Water Conference.
  • Assist with the development of communications resources and coordination of trainings to improve the communications capacity of Coalition member organizations.
  • Support Coalition members in their communication needs by providing feedback and support for campaigns as needed.
  • Manage the creation and distribution of monthly e-newsletter to Coalition members.
  • Help manage the Coalition’s social media platforms and execute an overall social media strategy.
  • Assist in the writing and production of the Coalition’s 2023 Annual Report.
  • Help update and manage the Coalition website and blog.
  • Provide additional support as needed to the Coalition workgroups, Coalition Director, Deputy Director, and Senior Membership & Program Coordinator.

Location and Work Mode: 

This position is based out of our Mid-Atlantic Regional Center in Annapolis, MD. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee may work in the office, in a hybrid manner, or fully remote, with the preference for the candidate to work in the Annapolis office at least 2-3 days a month. The Work Mode will be decided jointly with their supervisor in the final stages of the interview process. For more information on Work Modes, please review the benefits section of our careers page:


This position pays $17 an hour for 20-24 hours a week with paid holidays from September-June.

This is a paid short-term internship opportunity with the National Wildlife Federation. NWF is happy to work with the applicant to obtain relevant credit(s) through college/university programming, such as directed independent study (DIS), internship credit hours, etc. Applicant should indicate if they intend to pursue this in application letter. The work schedule is flexible to accommodate your class schedule.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.

For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page:

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules.  Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings.  Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence.  Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at or 703-438-6244.


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