Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon\u2019s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon\u2019s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 22 state offices, 41 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 50 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).
For more than a century Audubon\u2014America\u2019s leading advocate for bird conservation\u2014has used explanatory and advocacy journalism, as well as stunning original photography, to inform its readers about the natural world, inspire them to care passionately about that world, and motivate them to take action on its behalf. Audubon\u2019s editorial intern contributes meaningfully to that effort via both the print publication and website. The ideal candidate is endlessly curious about birds, conservation, and the environment. A basic level of comfort with science is a must, but the heart of this seasonal internship is reporting, pitching, researching, and writing. At the end of the experience, the intern should walk away with solid clips as well as an in-depth understanding of what it's like to work as an editor at a major publication.
The internship is up to 35 hours per week in Audubon's New York City headquarters (Manhattan) and lasts approximately 12-16 weeks, typically running from January to May; June to August (currently recruiting for this season); and September to December.
To apply, please upload a one-page cover letter, one-page resume, and links to three to five writing clips.
Pitch and write articles for online and print platforms, working on both short- and long-range deadlines with multiple staff editors.
Assist with research, story development, and fact checking.
Attend and participate in weekly editorial meetings.
Collaborate with art department to see stories through layout and production.
Other duties as needed and assigned.
Qualifications and Experience
College-level courses in journalism, or science with an emphasis on journalism.
Ability to report and write stories for science-based publications.
Experience honing story ideas and promoting content through social media.
An interest in environmental issues, birds, and wildlife.
Experience with multimedia and content management systems a plus.