//Position Announcement: Chesapeake Bay Program Communications Intern

Position Announcement: Chesapeake Bay Program Communications Intern

About the Alliance:

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay is a regional nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring together individuals, organizations, businesses and governments to find collaborative solutions, to build a strong commitment to stewardship, and to deliver innovative, broadly-supported programs that benefit the land, waters and residents of the Chesapeake Bay. In partnership, the Alliance implements local programs that connect people to their local river and become directly involved in local restoration efforts. The Alliance was founded in 1971 and has offices in Annapolis, MD, Lancaster, PA, Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA.

About the Chesapeake Bay Program:

The Chesapeake Bay Program is a diverse federal/state/non-government partnership established in 1983.  It works to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay and the thousands of streams, creeks and rivers in the watershed through collaborative policy making, scientific assessment and public communication. The Communications Office is managed by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay under grant funding provided by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Job Description:

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay seeks a Communications Intern for its Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) Communications Office in Annapolis, Maryland. The CBP Communications Office supports the partnership’s efforts to restore and protect the Chesapeake Bay by providing information to the public, working with the media, branding and promoting CBP products and activities, and facilitating communications among CBP’s many partners, which include local, state and federal governments, nonprofit organizations and academia. The communications intern will have the opportunity to work with CBP partners to create content, develop communications products and help expand knowledge and awareness around the restoration and protection of the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

This is a summer 2020 position. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 3, 2020.

Specific duties of the position:

  • Work under the guidance of the Communications Director and Web Content Specialist to generate story ideas, draft and edit content to produce high-quality written materials, including blogs and updates to CBP’s flagship website,
  • Assist in development of weekly and daily newsletters.
  • Attend meetings of CBP’s Communications Workgroup and associated action teams.
  • Assist with CBP exhibit at events.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications and Experience:

  • Desired fields of study: Communications, Public Administration, Public Policy, Science Communication, Environmental Management & Planning, Journalism.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Exceptional written communications skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Knowledgeable with social media, including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
  • Ability to perform research and analysis, ensuring that communications products are complete and technically accurate.
  • Experience generating story ideas.
  • Strong interest in environmental and social issues, preferably related to the Chesapeake Bay.
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills and willingness to be a team player.
  • Comfortable interacting with a diverse array of people and organizations.
  • Must have dependable access to a vehicle.

The Alliance aspires to be an inclusive multicultural organization that celebrates the rich dimensions of diversity such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physical abilities, religious and political beliefs. We are committed to ensuring diversity and inclusion remain integral to our organizational structure, policies, board of directors, staff, strategic goals, grants, partnerships and program delivery.

The Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay offers a family and dog-friendly, flexible work environment. We are committed to building a diverse team and strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. If you meet more than 75% of the qualifications of this description, we encourage you to apply.

Supervision: The Chesapeake Bay Program Multimedia Intern reports directly to the Chesapeake Bay Program Multimedia Manager.

Hours and Location: This position is based at the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland. This is a full-time internship (40 hours/week) for 15 weeks (negotiable) in summer 2020 (May – August).

Salary: This is a paid internship without benefits. Federal mileage rates apply.

Application: Please email cover letter, resume, and a writing sample to Rachel Felver, Communications Director, at by Friday, April 3, 2020.  Include “Communications Intern” in subject line. No phone calls, please.

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Rachel Felver Director of Communications for the Chesapeake Bay Program, Maryland Office

Rachel is the Director of Communications for the Chesapeake Bay Program, where she is in charge of communications content that is distributed to the Bay Program's partners.

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