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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC), a nonprofit organization with more than 160,000 members and supporters, is the nation's largest trails organization dedicated to connecting people and communities by creating a nationwide network of public trails, many from former rail lines and connecting corridors. Founded in 1986, RTC’s national office is located in Washington, D.C., with field staff in California, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Connect with RTC at and on social media @railstotrails.

Job Location

This internship position is located in RTC’s national office in downtown Washington, D.C., and is easily accessible from Metro’s red, orange, silver and blue lines.


RTC is seeking a Communications/Media Intern with excellent research and writing skills to support the activities of the communications team. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching potential topics for, assisting in writing and authoring RTC articles, blogs and social media
  • Interviewing staff and external contacts for RTC articles and blogs (
  • Creating content for the RTC website (
  • Create content for collateral materials and brochures, as assigned
  • Assist with drafting press releases and media alerts
  • Compile and catalogue RTC media contacts, blog contacts and partners
  • Collecting, cataloguing and securing permission to use photos and images for RTC publications
  • Support the planning and implementation of RTC’s annual “Hall of Fame Rail-Trail” and “Make a Difference Day” community engagement campaigns
  • Other duties as assigned by the communications team

This position will be supervised by RTC’s Editor-in-Chief/Content Strategy Manager and will work closely with RTC’s Marketing and Social Media Manager.


Qualified candidates are undergraduate students or master’s degree candidates in a related field (communications, journalism, public relations or marketing preferred). Preference will be given to candidates with previous internship experience.

The individual must also possess the following: strong research abilities; attention to detail; an interest in outdoor sports and activities; self-motivation; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; excellent oral, written, proofreading and interpersonal communication skills; a high level of professionalism; the ability to work independently and as a team player; the ability to learn quickly and continuously; knowledge of AP Style; and a solid understanding of traditional and new media.

Work Environment

Normal office setting with low to moderate noise level

How to Apply

Please use one form of transmitting your résumé. No phone calls please, unless contacted for an in-person interview. Recruiters, please do not contact our offices.

Send a cover letter and résumé indicating a “Communications and Media Internship” preference, including how you learned of this announcement, to the following contact:

Human Resources Manager
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Court, NW, 5th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20037

Fax: 202.223.9257

Commitment to Diversity

RTC is an equal opportunity employer and seeks qualified candidates regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or national origin. Women and diverse applicants are encouraged to apply. EOE