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Media Relations Intern

How to Apply

To apply, email a cover letter including dates of availability, resume, and writing sample to Glenda Powell, Communications Coordinator,

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

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 pitches, research story ideas, and draft news releases.
  • Lead development of media contacts and publications lists.
  • Prepare weekly media roundup highlighting news of interest.
  • Prepare monthly constituent newsletter for email distribution.
  • Work with Web team to develop and execute social media strategies.
  • Assist in special projects as needed, potentially including the development of original short films on OR&R issues for a variety of audiences.
Desired Qualifications
  • Thorough understanding of traditional and new media.
  • Excellent writing and grammar skills using AP style.
  • Strong verbal communications skills.
  • Ability to work independently or collaboratively.
  • Outstanding attention to detail and a strong work ethic.
  • Have a genuine interest in communications, public affairs, and ocean conservation.

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