Are you interested in working for indigenous rights and rainforest protection? Amazon Watch is a nonprofit advocacy organization with offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington DC, supporting communities threatened by shortsighted natural resources exploitation projects in the Amazon Basin. Amazon Watch works with indigenous and environmental movements to defend the forest and advance indigenous peoples' rights in the face of large-scale industrial development-oil & gas pipelines, power lines, roads, and other mega-projects. As an Amazon Watch intern, you can earn credits while gaining real-life experience and working to protect the Earth's largest tropical rainforest.

Interns work directly with an Amazon Watch staff person but are expected to be self-motivated, creative, and willing to make a set time commitment based on project needs. Internships require a 3-month minimum commitment at a minimum of 12 hours per week. If you are unable to commit to three months, we recommend you explore volunteer opportunities at Amazon Watch.

If you need more information about Amazon Watch internship program, please feel free to contact amazon@amazonwatch.org.

Amazon Watch is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate based on race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, political belief, age, gender, sexual orientation or class. People of color and indigenous people strongly encouraged to apply. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Current Available Internships

PR & Communications Assistant

Location: Oakland, CA
Contact: Jessica Yurasek, Communications and Media Manager

Duties:

  • Assist with creating and managing a PR strategy
  • Assist with strategic analysis and organization of social media contacts (specifically Twitter)
  • Research, identify and manage a list of key social media accounts (i.e. journalists, government officials, etc.) to follow and connect via Twitter
  • Research, curate, and draft a press list of key contacts and news media sources
  • Research, familiarize and thoroughly understand Amazon Watch's main campaigns and relevant issues by reading previously created content and searching online content
  • Critically analyze findings, use this understanding to update and fact check existing Wikipedia pages
  • Fact check and cross verify information from sources online and identify content that is misrepresentative of the truth
  • Communicate these findings, both in written and verbal form
  • Write and edit factually correct content
  • Organize photo and media archive
  • Edit b-roll film footage

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Active social media accounts including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest (required)
  • Extensive experience and understanding of Twitter
  • Ability to think strategically about messaging and image management
  • Keen analytical and critical thinking skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Strong organizational, and independent time management skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Strong interest in the environment and human rights issues
  • College graduate with focus and experience in PR and strategic communications preferred
  • Experience editing film is preferred, but not required
  • Spanish proficiency is preferred, but not required

As an intern, you will:

  • Work with dedicated and connected environmental activists
  • Gain familiarity with and experience building a PR and communications strategy for an international NGO
  • Experience organizing social media contacts and communications (particularly related to Twitter)
  • Experience organizing information, researching, and corresponding with key contacts or journalists
  • Learn about the history and issues relating to environmental and human rights threats currently affecting communities in the Amazon basin
  • Strengthen critical thinking and analysis skills
  • Gain experience organizing information and fact checking

Time Commitment:

15 to 40 hours per week for at least 6 months. We can be flexible for the right candidate.

Start Date:

As soon as possible.

Location

Oakland, CA (this is not a remote position)

Start Date:

As soon as possible.

To Apply:

Please send your resume, links to your social media accounts (required: an active Twitter account), and a writing sample to Jessica Yurasek, Communications and Media Manager.

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