Washington Support Office, International Affairs and Communications

International Affairs and Communications Intern  -  Washington, DC

The NPS Office of International Affairs is interested in developing new and improved communications and outreach materials to help various audiences (NPS employees, political leadership, potential partners and the general public) better understand and appreciate the international mission of the NPS and the benefits that this work provides both globally and at home. Depending on their interest and skills, the LHIP intern will work on a variety of communication projects, potentially including social media, website(s), printed materials such as fact sheets, videos, etc. The intern may also get involved in other OIA activities, including the planning and organization for a major international workshop tentatively planned for the fall of 2019.

Additionally, the intern will support these efforts working with the Public Affairs and Digital Strategy Divisions in the office. With the Public Affairs media and content teams, the LHIP intern will help 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, they will gain practical experience by producing tangible items (press releases, videos, social media posts, etc.) that will help in his or her career development, s/he will 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. 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. They 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, they 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.


  • College-level writing/journalism/communications/visual media classes and related degrees desired. 
  • The ideal candidate should have the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 
  • Has experience preparing, writing, and/or editing written material.
  • 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. 
  • Interest and (preferably) experience with international affairs.
  • Experience with social media.
  • Experience with, videography, graphic design, and/or multimedia creation is a plus.


Housing for the summer can be provided in George Washington University (Available between May 26th to August 3rd). Selected interns can also find their own housing and receive a stipend contingent upon budget limits

About the NPS Communications and International Affairs Offices:

The Office of Communications supports the National Park Service with innovative and responsive communications strategies and leads the Service in exploring new ways to communicate broadly about the National Park Service’s mission

The NPS Office of International Affairs (OIA) promotes and facilitates collaboration between NPS and international partners in preserving and understanding natural and cultural heritage throughout the world. Through this collaboration, OIA also supports the domestic mission of the NPS by advancing the conservation of shared resources, such as migratory wildlife, and through the exchange of best practices with international counterparts. Since the creation of OIA in 1961, NPS has worked on protected area and/or historic preservation projects in nearly every country on earth