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Environmental Communications Intern

How to Apply

To apply, email a cover letter including cover letter, resume, three references, current unofficial transcript, and up to two one-page writing samples to Tim Zink, Communications Specialist,

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

What We Offer

We invite you to join a dedicated and enthusiastic team at NOAA's Office of Response and Restoration where you will gain invaluable resume-building experience and an insider's perspective from the nation's leader in ocean conservation and management. As an intern, you will work on a variety of projects focusing on outreach and public engagement. Based at our headquarters in Silver Spring, Md. (easily accessible on Metro's Red Line), you will be in the loop on and encouraged to attend marine policy events, lectures, conferences, and receptions that provide fantastic networking opportunities for your career development. At this time, a stipend is not offered.

Position Description

OR&R faces the challenges of supporting NOAA and federal initiatives while keeping pace with Congress and constituents in support of our major programs:

  • Emergency response support for 120–200 oil and chemical spills in coastal waters each year
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessment and environmental restoration planning
  • NOAA's Marine Debris Program
  • NOAA's Disaster Response Center

The Environmental Communications Internship offers a unique opportunity to understand and share the government's ongoing work to restore the Gulf of Mexico's environment and coastal communities following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill through NOAA's Damage Assessment, Remediation and Restoration Program, which leads damage assessment and environmental restoration for oil spills and other hazards. OR&R works on critical environmental hazard issues, such as oil spill response, offshore drilling policy, marine debris prevention and reduction, and natural resource restoration. We are looking for motivated self-starters who enjoy independent as well as group work to join our team in 2013. The ideal candidate for this internship will possess a strong academic background and the desire to immerse him or herself in the world of environmental communications and the internal workings of a federal office.

Major Responsibilities
  • Develop and execute social media strategies.
  • Provide editorial support for fact sheets, reports, and web content.
  • Assist in preparations for one-on-one meetings with key OR&R constituents and user groups and events as needed to support OR&R programs. If your schedule permits attending these meetings/events, assist in note-taking and preparation of debrief materials.
  • Assist in preparation for and execution of congressional outreach events such as briefings and hearings.
  • Assist in preparing stakeholder newsletters on Deepwater Horizon/BP oil spill restoration activities.
  • Assist in monitoring activities in the community of non-governmental constituent groups.
  • Assist in special projects as needed.
Desired Qualifications
  • Thorough understanding of traditional and new media.
  • Familiarity with MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills using AP style.
  • Online research skills.
  • Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator).
  • A self-starter with a strong work ethic.

Please review the OR&R Internships page for details on eligibility for this and other OR&R intern positions.

Last updated Tuesday, November 8, 2022 2:07pm PST