Communications/Journalism Internship

EcoAgriculture Partners (EcoAgriculture) is an international non-profit organization that strives to bring about a world where rural landscapes are managed to improve rural livelihoods, conserve native ecosystems, and sustainably produce food and fiber. The organization does so by providing training, research, policy solutions, and support to farmers, communities, and organizations at the local, national and international levels. We see ecoagriculture not as an abstract concept, but as a widely-applicable blueprint for sustainable development and a solution to global challenges such as food security, persistent poverty, climate change, ecosystem degradation and biodiversity loss. To learn more about EcoAgriculture Partners, visit our website at www.ecoagriculture.org.

Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature (LPFN) is a three-year collaborative initiative to foster cross-sectoral knowledge sharing, dialogue, and action to support the widespread practice of integrated agricultural landscape approaches. In doing so, the Initiative will advance viable pathways for sustainable development in places where food production, ecosystem health and human wellbeing must be achieved simultaneously. For more information, visit the initiative website at www.landscapes.ecoagriculture.org.    

EcoAgriculture seeks to hire a Communications/Journalism Intern to join our committed team in our Washington, D.C., headquarters from early September to late December 2011. The intern will have a demonstrated foundation in journalism and communications and a strong interest in agriculture. The intern will work directly with the Director of Knowledge Sharing and Policy Advocacy to manage a new blog for the Landscapes for People, Food, and Nature Initiative.   This position is offered as 20 – 40 hours per week as mutually agreeable by EcoAgriculture and the applicant.

The Communications/Journalism intern will:
• Generate a high volume of informative content for the LPFN blog and present it to readers in creative and innovative ways;
• Pursue extensive web and/or phone research to find relevant publications, news articles, videos, blogs, and other sources that can provide content suitable for inclusion on the blog as necessary;
• Track and synthesize developments in relevant news sources for posting on the blog
• Identify well-known and respected experts to author guest blog posts, proactively manage the development of these posts and, when completed, upload them to the blog;
• Edit blog content for typographical and grammatical errors and potentially rework articles to improve fluency and relevancy to the LPFN initiative;
• Actively maintain EcoAgriculture’s presence on related organizations’ blogs and social networking sites to increase the LPFN initiative’s visibility; and,
• Assist the Director of Knowledge Sharing and Policy Advocacy with additional communication related projects as necessary.

Required skills and experience:
• BA in journalism, communications, or related field (preferred), or current enrollment in a related program and completed relevant coursework;
• Experience working with print and online media, especially blogging software including iPhoto and/or Office Picture Manager;
• Excellent written communication skills;
• Comfortable using social networking tools such as Facebook and Twitter;
• Extensive experience with internet research;
• Organized, able to meet hard deadlines, and possessing a high level of attention to detail;
• High degree of creativity and initiative;
• Completely proficient in Microsoft Office and HTML; and,
• Native English speaker with valid U.S. work permit.

Desirable:
• Demonstrated interest and exposure in rural development, environmental issues, and integrated agriculture solutions;
• Proficient in Spanish and/or French; and,
• Prior experience developing and/or managing a blog site.

Salary and benefits:
• 20 – 40 hours per week.
• Unpaid; a stipend of $20 a day will be available to cover travel and lunch expenses. Additional remuneration may be available toward the end of the period pending funding.

To apply:
Please email your curriculum vitae; a cover letter describing your background, experience and interest in this position; three brief writing samples that showcase your ability to write concisely and/or to an online audience and/or using the language of the field; and, names and contact information for three references, with subject line “Communications Intern – [your name]” to Courtney Wallace, cwallace@ecoagriculture.org. Review of applications will commence on August 31, 2011 and continue until this position is filled.

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