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Intern - Pristine Seas

National Geographic Society
National Geographic Society
Employment Types:
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Internship Description Summary

Pristine Seas is National Geographic’s flagship ocean conservation program. The Pristine Seas team is composed of determined scientists, policy experts, and filmmakers who work to inspire the creation of protected areas where marine life can thrive—while ensuring effective management for years to come. Over the last 14 years, the Pristine Seas team has helped inspire the creation of 25 marine reserves, encompassing over 6.5 million square kilometers of ocean. Pristine Seas seeks to scale its approach over the next decade to inspire the protection of up to 40 new places. Additionally, Pristine Seas aims to cultivate a network of best-in-class new and existing partners to build a community of support for protected areas.

We are seeking an Intern to support this initiative. The Intern will work with the Pristine Seas Public Affairs team to bolster research, communications, operations, and media efforts for the overall program. The ideal candidate will possess strong writing, speaking, and research skills and needs to be a motivated self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as part of a team. The Intern will report to the Manager of Public Affairs with guidance from the Director of Public Affairs.

Internship Description

Five Principal Learning Responsibilities

  1. Research & Capstone Project. Learn to identify research needs and hone investigation skills by conducting desktop research to help inform scientific, communications, and policy decisions for future Pristine Seas expedition planning and special projects, as needed. Further develop research, writing, and presentation skills through a Capstone Project. For the Capstone Project, the Intern will focus their research efforts on a Pristine Seas expedition location to further understand the country’s government, economy, environment, and population. With this information, the project aims to identify and inform expedition priorities, questions to consider, existing research, and potential partners for the future expedition. A written report and oral presentation on the findings will take place with the full Pristine Seas team at the end of the internship. The Intern will receive guidance from the Manager of Public Affairs and collaborate with various Pristine Seas team members to identify questions that inform the research needs and content for the Capstone Project. The Intern will also utilize National Geographic’s Library and Archives collections to access search engines, articles, e-books, and relevant documents and media archives. (40%)

  2. Communications. Gain communications experience and improve awareness of Pristine Seas’ initiatives by writing the weekly newsletter for the team and close partners. The Intern will draft details of upcoming events, team and organizational updates, and relevant news articles for the newsletter with guidance from the Coordinator of Public Affairs. (25%)

  3. Operations. Learn how to plan and organize expeditions. Support operations and field teams by assisting with shipments, gear procurement, operations research, and managing inventory as needed. (15%)

  4. Media. Dive into Pristine Seas photo and film content and learn how to create a footage highlight reel from an expedition using Adobe Premiere Pro. (10%)

  5. Systems and Tools. Learn how to use National Geographic’s business systems, tools, and resources, including Google Workspace, LexisNexis, Wrike, Adobe Premiere Pro, and the National Geographic Library + Archives to support your day-to-day work, project management, creative, and research needs. (10%)

Related Field of Study Required

  • Current enrollment in a 4-year Bachelor’s degree program is required. A concentration in science, communications, or policy is preferred but not required.
  • Previous experience in ocean conservation is not essential, but a passion for environmental conservation is required.
  • Previous internship experience preferred but not required.
  • Student will need to be enrolled in school during the internship.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Strong research and organizational skills
  • Ability to prioritize and manage workflows
  • Attention to detail
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Proficiency with Microsoft office – particularly with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel

Additional Information

  • Cover letter is required. Please submit a cover letter as a single document with your resume.
  • Students must be enrolled in a US based accredited college or university.

Application Deadline

  • All applications must be submitted by February 28, 2022
  • Offers will go out between April 6-10, 2022

Internship Dates

  • Start Date: 6/8/22 (no exceptions)
  • End Date: 8/3/22

National Geographic will provide housing and travel to and from Washington, D.C. for this year’s program.

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