Jobs and Internships at Planet Forward

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Planet Forward, a project of the Center for Innovative Media, strives to become the leading platform for environmental storytelling for college students. 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 lectures and other events on campus and across the country throughout the year leading up to our annual Planet Forward Summit.

Internships

Internship applications are now OPEN for the spring and summer semesters!!

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.

We have openings in the following areas:

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 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.

If you would like to be considered for an internship, please send a cover letter, your resume and a relevant sample of your work (Preferred work samples include personal essays, college newspaper articles or video news reports, blog posts, video selfies, etc. Please, no academic papers.) to info@planetforward.org

Questions? Contact Dan or Kim at info@planetforward.org

MORE INFORMATION

Social media and marketing

The social media and marketing intern will help generate content and buzz about Planet Forward’s events, videos, stories, member schools, contributors and corresopndents, contests and other content. This intern will be closely involved with helping develop a Planet Forward marketing 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 #planetFWD hashtag to include relevant retweets in our front page Twitter Feed
  • Write viral 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

To apply:

  • Please submit your cover letter, your resume and a relevant sample of your work (Preferred work samples include personal essays, college newspaper articles or video news reports, blog posts, video selfies, etc. Please, no academic papers.) to info@planetforward.org.

Student reporter

The student reporter will find and report on interesting innovations, characters, and events from GW and other Planet Forward contributing universities, as well as the environmental, science, and journalism communities. The student reporter also may assist with research and writing for various Planet Forward productions and events, and the production of the editorial side of our website. All work will be posted on the Planet Forward website.

Reports to: Senior Managing Editor

Responsibilities:

  • Work as the "Planet Forward" beat reporter, covering anything related to the environment, storytelling, our member schools and our contributors/correspondents
  • Write the weekly Planet Forward newsletter
  • Write viral 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 via Planet Forward social media properties

Qualifications:

  • Strong journalism background and storytelling skills
  • Preferred: Experience using a content management system (CMS), such as Drupal or WordPress

To apply:

  • Please submit your cover letter, your resume and a relevant sample of your work (Preferred work samples include personal essays, college newspaper articles or video news reports, blog posts, video selfies, etc. Please, no academic papers.) to info@planetforward.org.

Video production

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 Producer

Responsibilities:

  • Cover events around the metropolitan area
  • Shoot and edit interviews with leaders in environmental and sustainability policy
  • Pitch, shoot and edit video 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 

To apply:

  • Please submit your cover letter, your resume and a relevant sample of your work (Preferred work samples include video news reports, video selfies, blog posts, etc. Please, no academic papers.) to info@planetforward.org.

Outreach and engagement

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: Program Assistant

Responsibilities:

  • Host tables at local campuses and events in the DC area to tell students, faculty, staff and others about Planet Forward
  • Write monthly newsletter to Consortium schools and other university contacts
  • 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

To apply:

  • Please submit your cover letter, your resume and a relevant sample of your work (Preferred work samples include personal essays, college newspaper articles or video news reports, blog posts, video selfies, etc. Please, no academic papers.) to info@planetforward.org.