National Park Trust (NPT) seeks an intern to support communications of the organization. Interns will assist the Park Trust with marketing and communications as well as assist with logistics tied to fall 2020 youth programming.

This is a part-time (25-30 hour/week) temporary position (5+ months) in a friendly, informal, progressive, AND virtual work environment. Due to COVID-19, this position will be 100% virtual.

Note – This current posting is for a FALL 2020 internship (August/September – December 2020/January 2021).

Who We Are:

National Park Trust’s mission is preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow. In the 37 years since the Park Trust was established, the non-profit organization has completed 70 land acquisition, restoration, and mitigation projects in 31 states, 1 U.S. Territory and Washington, D.C. including 49 National Park Service projects.

In addition to land projects, the Park Trust also works to cultivate the next generation of park stewards through our national youth programs. Our Buddy Bison Program is a national environmental youth education program that engages students in PreK-8th grade from Title I schools with local, state, and national parks. Our Buddy Bison Programs currently supports more than 300 Title I schools across the country. NPT also organizes Kids to Parks Day, an annual national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks.

What You’ll Be Doing:

Outreach and Communications (80%)

  • Work with staff to draft all Park Trust social media content, across several platforms, meant to enhance NPT’s visibility and reach
  • Assist with website content and tasks associated with a website redesign
  • Assist with the monthly newsletter and coordinating graphics
  • Assist with designing social media graphics, flyers, posters, banners, and other marketing materials for the organization 

Other Duties (25%)

  • Work with staff to implement NPT action plan based on 2020 goals
  • Assist staff with maintaining media archive
  • Assist, as needed, with fall 2020 youth virtual programming
  • shipping assistance for youth programs

What We’re Looking For:

Required Skills:

  • Strong communication skills (written, phone and in-person). Written documents will include email communications, newsletters, press releases, website content, social media, etc.
  • Background in developing social media content, graphics, and campaigns.
  • Ability to multitask and maintain a high level of productivity.
  • Proficiency in G Suite, Microsoft, PowerPoint, Excel, and social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).
  • Basic Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including listening, problem-solving, verbal and non-verbal communication, and displaying initiative with projects.
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed.

Preferred Skills:

  • Familiarity with web development, particularly WordPress, is a plus.
  • Excellent organization skills.
  • Willing to be flexible with hours depending on the needs of the organization.
  • Educational background in environmental education, communications, recreation, or a similar field is a plus.
  • Preferred applicants will display an interest in the outdoors, communications, youth education, and parks.


  • The Park Trust will consider applicants who are current freshmen – seniors, as well as recent college graduates.
  • College credits may be obtained from this internship; however, students will be expected to complete and submit their own paperwork. Note: A stipend may not be possible for students who are receiving course credit.

COMPENSATION: This is a 25-30 hour per week unpaid volunteer position; however, National Park Trust will be offering a stipend between $2,000 and $4,000 depending on the length of the internship and hours worked per week. Internship stipends issued by the National Park Trust are not considered salary or meant as compensation but are awarded to help defray living expenses for an intern during the term of their appointment. Interns awarded stipends who are U.S. residents for tax purposes are responsible for meeting their individual state and federal tax obligations and will receive a financial summary around March of the following year for the previous calendar year.

DEADLINE: Applications for a Fall 2020 position will be accepted until Sunday, August 15 at 11:59pm. Eligible candidates will be contacted for a video conference interview on a rolling base determined by when the application was submitted.


Please submit the following to Ivan Levin at

  1. Cover letter explaining your interests, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute during an internship with NPT.
  2. Current resume
  3. Writing samples – social content, creative writing assignments, other examples, etc.

**NPT has a strong commitment to creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, one that reflects our nation and the people we serve. We provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants without regard to unlawful considerations of sex, sexual orientation, gender (including gender identity and/or expression), pregnancy, race, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion or similar philosophical beliefs, disability, marital and civil union status, age, genetic information, veteran status or any personal attribute