Multimedia Intern

Location: Headquarters, Washington DC
Department: Marketing
Time Commitment: May 2019 – August 2019. Start-end dates and hours are flexible.

Position Description:

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.


  • Assist the Multimedia Producer in the creation and optimization of engaging, entertaining, and educational multimedia content

  • The majority of responsibilities will lie within cataloging, archiving, logging, and labeling our complex system of still, video, and historic assets

  • 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


Education: 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.
Experience: Interest in media, asset management, and storytelling.

Other Qualifications:

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

  • Organization – must have some experience with media management

  • Creative problem solving

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send an email to 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.

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

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.