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    • Employer: Defenders of Wildlife
      Location: Washington, DC
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes



    JOB TITLE:   Multimedia Intern


    DIVISION/SITE:  Headquarters, Washington DC

    DEPARTMENT:  Marketing

    REPORTS TO:  Multimedia Producer

    LAST REVISED:  November 2019

    Basic Summary:

    Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.  Founded in 1947, Defenders is one of the country’s leaders in science-based, results-oriented wildlife conservation. Organizational priorities include protecting and restoring imperiled North American wildlife; ensuring conservation of wildlife and habitat on federal public lands, with particular emphasis on national wildlife refuges and national forests; and ensuring the adoption and implementation of a national program for the conservation of wildlife, habitat and ecosystems in the face of global warming.

    The Multimedia Intern will assist with the organization, creation and optimization of multimedia materials – including creating videos, thumbnails, caption files, transcripts, logging, and organizing and archiving still and motion media. The intern will also interact with field offices and other departments to capture and promote events and campaigns on digital platforms. There are opportunities for the intern to explore projects relevant to their own multimedia interests as pertains to the Defenders of Wildlife mission.

    Please note that this is an unpaid internship. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through their schools or outside sources. We do offer a transportation stipend.  Hours are flexible to allow for other paid opportunities.


    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    Primary responsibility:

    The Multimedia Intern’s most important priority will be managing and organizing existing and incoming media assets (graphics, photos, videos, GIFS) in our asset management system, Libris Photoshelter

    Secondary responsibilities could include:Assisting the Multimedia Producer in the creation and optimization of engaging, entertaining, and educational multimedia content

    Creating digital video hub content, like Defenders: Day in the Life and Trail Cam Tuesday as well as fulfilling ad hoc video requests.

    Fulfilling ad hoc multimedia requests such as product photography, image sourcing, script writing, info graphics, GIFs

    Conducting and transcribing interviews for video projects

    Creating graphics for video projects

    Sourcing stills, broll, and music for video projects

    Helping to script, shoot, edit and package videos for YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Medium, our website, and our magazine

    Assist the Multimedia Producer with other duties as assigned



    An undergraduate or graduate-level video, digital media, or multimedia student with an interest in wildlife conservation. Must be a currently enrolled student. Must know Adobe Premiere Pro experience with graphic design and motion graphics preferred. Interest in media, asset management, and storytelling.


    Must be a self-starter and able to take initiative with projects

    Organization – must have some experience with media management

    Creative problem solving


    Work Expectations:

    Work Environment:

    General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

    Physical Demands:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.

    All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

    How to Apply:

    Interested applicants should send an email to HR@defenders.org and reference Multimedia Intern in the subject line. Please include a resume, cover letter and reel or specific video example explaining your involvement in the video project.

    About Defenders:

    Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.

    Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate.


    It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.



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