OVERVIEW:

Defenders of Wildlife, a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities, seeks a User-centered Design Intern to work in its Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI). Launched in 2017, CCI works at the intersection of science, technology, and policy to develop creative, practical solutions to improve wildlife conservation.

The User-centered Design Internship is an opportunity for an advanced college, graduate, or post-graduate student to work with CCI and other Defenders staff to help improve the usability of CCI’s web applications for conservation. This may include working on the CCI’s main landing pages (https://defenders-cci.org/), its data-driven web apps, or other forms of communications. Brainstorming, testing, sketching and wireframing, and feedback will all be part of the day-to-day work and learning in the position. There will likely be opportunities to work with Defenders’ Marketing team during the internship.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Assist CCI’s app development team in creating and refining web content to impact conservation policy and practice by:
  • Helping improve the user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) of existing CCI apps;
  • Shaping UI/UX of new projects;
  • Maximizing consistency with design from defenders.org; and
  • Testing designs with a variety of audiences, including technical specialists, policymakers, and the public.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Candidates must be driven self-starters with a desire to learn, and must have training and experience in user-centered design, preferably at the Master’s level or higher. Skill with wire framing tools and testing frameworks is highly beneficial. Experience working with specialists in other domains, especially programmers, is ideal. An interest in wildlife conservation is preferred, though deep experience is not necessary. Preferred qualifications include a proven ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.

LOCATION:

Internships are located at Defenders’ Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

COMPENSATION:

Unpaid. Local transportation costs up to $10 per day will be reimbursed. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through their schools or outside sources.

HOW TO APPLY:

Interested candidates should send an email to HR@defenders.org and reference “CCI User-centered Design Intern” in the email subject line. Please include a cover letter (letter of interest) and resume as a single PDF file. In the cover letter, be sure to address your interest in working with Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Conservation Innovation specifically, and how your skills fit the goals and responsibilities of the internship position. If you require a decision by a school deadline for credit or funding, please mention the deadline in both the email and cover letter. Inquiries about CCI internships may be emailed to Dr. Jennie Miller at jmiller@defenders.org.

Candidates will be considered for a fall semester, spring semester or summer intern period. Please submit your application by the following deadline to be considered for a specific term: July 1st for fall internships (start on or around September 15th); December 15th for spring internships (start on or around February 1st); and March 1st for summer internships (start on or around June 1st). The start date and duration of the internship are flexible but we encourage candidates to apply by the deadline.

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.