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

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 typically 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., but please note that for the remainder of 2020, our internships will be worked remotely.

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 editor@planetforward.org. Deadline to apply for summer is May 15.

Questions? Contact us at info@planetforward.org

MORE INFORMATION

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. Internship is for-credit only.

Responsibilities:

  • Work as the "Planet Forward" beat reporter, covering anything related to the environment, storytelling, our member schools and our contributors/correspondents
  • Contribute to the weekly Planet Forward newsletter
  • Write content that helps 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 editor@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 requires knowledge and an awareness of on-campus and nearby events. Internship is for-credit only.

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 editor@planetforward.org.