Washington Support Office - Washington, DC

Communications Intern


The internship position encompasses projects with the Public Affairs and Digital Strategy Divisions:

With the Public Affairs media and content teams, the intern will work with messaging on projects that connect various audiences to the National Park Service, its mission, and amazing places — including promoting the work of the LHIP interns nationwide through social media posts, press releases, and videos. In all of the projects, the intern will gain practical experience by producing tangible items (press releases, videos, social media posts, etc.) that will help in their career development.  The intern will also interact with members of the media, assist in the development and implementation of communication plans, respond to phone and email inquiries, and provide insight and input to help expand the NPS audience. In this role, the intern will represent the NPS in a professional manner, in various settings, with various audiences including, but not limited to, partners, news media, dignitaries, and the public. S/he will provide assistance in the facilitation, coordination, and distribution of information to national, regional, and park staff as well as various partners

With the Digital Strategy team, the intern will learn to work in the nps.gov content management system, learn about and worksite content strategies, and assist with digital projects as identified by the NPS.gov Site Manager and the Chief of Digital Strategy.


  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Have college-level courses and/or experience in journalism, communications, graphic design, videography, social media, and/or visual media.
  • Have demonstrated experience preparing, writing, and/or editing written materials
  • Desire and/or ability to work as part of a team to brainstorm and develop outreach materials and achieve common goals.
  • Ability to cooperate with and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, partners, the media, and the public. 
  • Experience with — and interest in — social media
  • Experience with videography, graphic design, and/or multimedia creation is a plus.

About the work environment: 


  • The position is located in the Washington Office of the National Park Service in the Department of the Interior Building in Washington, DC.
  • The work will be performed primarily in an office setting, Monday through Friday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
  • When there is an opportunity for the intern to go out with other public affairs staff for an event these opportunities are normally in the local DC area.  In the past we have also tried to take interns to a local park for a one-day onsite introduction to park operations.
  • This work will primarily be in the office. ​

About the Washington Support Office - Communications:

The NPS Office of Communications facilitates and coordinates both internal and external messaging about the National Park Service in an effort to increase awareness and understanding of the role and functions of the agency.

About the Washington Support Office - Communications: