In the United States, Oceana’s campaigns include reducing plastics pollution, stopping the expansion of dirty and dangerous offshore drilling, increasing transparency at sea, promoting responsible fishing practices, and helping to protect sharks, whales and other marine animals.

The communications intern reports to Oceana’s senior director of communications and is a member of the U.S. communications team in Washington, D.C. The communications intern is responsible for researching campaign issues, drafting blog posts, editing materials and tracking/summarizing media coverage of our campaigns. The position requires someone who is detail-oriented, team-oriented, organized, interested in conservation issues and familiar with news organizations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Essential functions:

•    Tracking, formatting, entering and summarizing media coverage for Oceana’s U.S. campaigns

•    Assisting with quarterly reports to Oceana’s executive team and board members

•    Drafting and editing blog posts, op-eds and letters-to-the-editor by Oceana experts on various campaign issues

•    Maintaining and updating media contact lists

•    Issue research

•    Photo and video support

•    Administrative duties

Job Requirements

Education and Work Experience:

•    College student or recent graduate, or an equivalent combination of education and experience

Skills and Knowledge:

•    Strong writing and communications skills

•    Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite

•    Motivated, self-starter who takes initiative in completing tasks

•    Journalism or media relations experience is a plus, but not required

•    Familiarity with Meltwater (media tracking software) is a plus, but not required

•    Knowledge of environmental issues preferred

Required Competencies:

•    Communicate Effectively: Understands the value of effective communication. Can deliver messages in a clear, compelling and concise manner. Actively listens, checks for understanding and adjusts content and style to meet the needs of different stakeholders.

•    Collaborate: Brings people together to leverage their skills, talents and knowledge to achieve a common purpose. Creates synergy resulting in a combined effort with greater results than what can be achieved by individuals.

•    Resourceful: Is able to make the best of limited resources and find a way to get things done even when the odds are against them. Can look beyond the obvious for viable approaches to accomplish the goal.

•    Action Oriented: Makes things happen. Takes on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy, and enthusiasm.

Oceana values a diverse workforce and welcomes people different from each other in many ways, including characteristics such as race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity and national origin. Oceana considers all qualified candidates and seeks to recruit from a diverse candidate pool.