Internships at Planet Forward

 

Internship applications are now open for the Fall 2015 semester. Email your resume and a relevant sample of your previous work to info@planetforward.org to apply.

 

Planet Forward is looking for talented, highly-motivated interns for Fall 2015.

Planet Forward is a project of the Center for Innovative Media that engages young people and innovators in search of the solutions to the biggest challenges facing our planet. Through media, teaching and convening we empower new voices and elevate compelling ideas. We distribute our content via planetforward.org and partnerships with other news organizations. We also convene a series of expert salons, town halls, lectures and other events on campus and across the country throughout the year leading up to a daylong innovation summit.

All Planet Forward internships are dynamic, creative positions – there’s no filing or getting coffee for the staff. Interns act as a full member of the Planet Forward team with their own assignments and areas of responsibility. All candidates must have:

  • Interest in environmental, food security and energy issues
  • Ability to work independently or with a group
  • Ability and willingness to work in a fast-growing, demanding, start-up environment
  • Strong writing and communications skills

Internships last one semester, and are generally for-credit. Hours are flexible and can be based around class obligations. In general, 5 hours a week is expected for each credit hour of a for-credit internship. Planet Forward is located in Washington, D.C. and applicants able to work out of our D.C. office are preferred. Depending on the position we will consider candidates who can telecommute. 

Questions? Contact Outreach Coordinator Taylor Cook at taylor@planetforward.org. To apply, please send your resume and a relevant sample of your work to info@planetforward.org. Please write “Planet Forward Internship Application” in the subject line.

Five areas of internship are available:

Editorial Intern

The Editorial Intern will assist with research and writing for various Planet Forward productions and events and the production of the editorial side of our website.

Reports to: Senior Managing Editor

Responsibilities:

  • Write the weekly Planet Forward newsletter
  • Write viral blog posts that help drive traffic to our site
  • Perform research and site maintenance tasks as assigned to assist the Senior Managing Editor
  • Foster community through engagement in the comments sections on planetforward.org
  • Perform research and site maintenance tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Strong journalism background and storytelling skills
  • Experience using a CMS (Drupal preferred)

Events Intern

The Events Intern will assist with planning, coordinating and producing events for Planet Forward and assist Director as needed in this capacity.

Reports to: Director

Responsibilities:

  • Work with Director to schedule venues and lock in speakers and guests
  • Prepare internal planning documents to keep us on schedule and brief speakers on schedule, venue and other information
  • Assist the Senior Managing Editor with producing event-specific documents, such as programs and signage
  • Manage volunteers for events
  • Background candidates for inclusion in our events as needed

Qualifications:

  • Strong communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong research skills
  • Professional and outgoing attitude
  • Excitement, energy and passion for engaging young people in our mission

Video Production Intern

The Video Production Intern will be involved in producing original video content for planetforward.org. This is essentially a field reporter position requiring travel around the city and an awareness of on-campus and nearby events.

Reports to: Digital Media Editor

Responsibilities:

  • Cover events around the metropolitan area
  • Shoot and edit interviews with leaders in environmental and sustainability policy
  • Pitch, shoot and edit webisode packages for planetforward.org
  • Perform research and site maintenance tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about Web video
  • Good understanding of Web video format (e.g. what makes a YouTube video go viral)
  • Experience operating high definition cameras
  • Experience with Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere editing software
  • Experience with Adobe AfterEffects or Apple Motion (optional)
  • Strong journalism background and storytelling skills 

Online Communications Intern

The Online Communications Intern will help generate content and buzz about Planet Forward’s videos, blog posts, contests and other content. This intern will be closely involved with the Planet Forward communications plan and is expected to serve as an active leader of Planet Forward’s social media community.

Reports to: Senior Managing Editor

Responsibilities:

  • Write and schedule tweets, Tumblr posts, Facebook updates & Instagram images using HootSuite and the Facebook Page manager
  • Curate the #thinkfwd hashtag to include relevant retweets in our front page Twitter Feed
  • Write viral blog posts that help drive traffic to our site
  • Foster community through our social media properties
  • Assist in monitoring analytics for social media
  • Perform research and site maintenance tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Solid experience using Facebook and Twitter and Tumblr
  • Experience in writing for discoverability, including using hashtags
  • Preferred: Experience with social media analytics
  • SEO experience

 

Graphics/Interactives Intern

The Graphics/Interactives Intern will be involved in producing original, visual features that get important facts across to our audience in an entertaining and engaging way, and other visual elements for planetforward.org. This is a highly creative position that allows significant freedom in visualizing data. Applicants can apply with a graphics focus, an interactives focus or both.

Reports to: Senior Managing Editor

Responsibilities:

  • Create infographics and/or Web interactive features from provided research templates
  • Create GIFs or relevant memes to accompany spot coverage of sustainability events
  • Complete additional research to flesh out graphic/interactive ideas
  • Assist in creating general graphics for planetforward.org and Planet Forward events
  • Perform research tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Passionate about visualizing data and presenting important topics to the public
  • Good understanding of Web graphics (e.g. what makes a Tumblr post turn into a viral hit)
  • Experience with Adobe Photoshop and/or Adobe Illustrator (for graphics applicants)
  • Experience with jQuery development and/or Adobe Edge Suite (for interactives applicants)
  • Experience with Adobe AfterEffects or Apple Motion (optional)

 

Outreach and Engagement Intern

The Outreach and Engagement Intern will engage students, locally, nationally and globally in sustainability storytelling. We're looking specifically for an individual who can project their enthusiasm and excitement about the work we're doing and motivate others to participate and contribute to Planet Forward.

Reports to: Outreach Coordinator

Responsibilities:

  • Host tables at local campuses and events in the DC area to tell students, faculty, staff and others about Planet Forward
  • Write monthly Planet Forward newsletter to Consortium schools
  • Assist in some administrative tasks such as maintaining contact data, follow-up correspondence, etc.
  • Attend and assist with Planet Forward events when possible and as needed
  • Perform research tasks as assigned

Qualifications:

  • Excitement, energy and passion for engaging young people in solving major global challenges and helping them share their ideas
  • Strong communications skills, both verbal and written
  • Ability to work as a team or independently on assigned tasks
  • Experience drafting, or an interest in learning to craft, newsletters
  • Experience with Mailchimp, data management, Photoshop and meme generation skills are a plus