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About Us

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 building a nation connected by trails. We reimagine public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors. Founded in 1986, RTC’s national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Connect with RTC at and on social media @railstotrails.

Our Communications Team

RTC’s Communications Department tells the story of the nation’s trails, walking and bicycling movement—inspiring activism, encouraging policy change and motivating people to be active outside on America’s trails. Through social media (@railstotrails), online engagement (, our quarterly magazine, news media and events, we engage with RTC’s diverse audiences, including trail enthusiasts and those discovering the joy of trails for the first time, lawmakers, trail builders and partners, nationwide.

Job Location

This 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. However, due to COVID-19 staff are telecommuting.

Position Summary

RTC is seeking a Communications Intern to assist with graphic design and product development, as well as the buildout of a photo-archive system for the organization. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Photography and Archive System:

  • Collecting and cataloguing photos from RTC’s existing file structure before evaluating, tagging and uploading photos to the archive
  • Helping to develop best practices and standards to guide ongoing archive use
  • Building out archive folder structure as directed
  • Minor photo editing

Graphic Design:

  • Assisting in general design needs, including but not limited to: long- and short-form print production design, social-media content creation, digital imagery and motion graphics
  • Working with Graphic Design Specialist to develop templates, including PowerPoint Presentations, Word documents, social media templates and modular assets to be used by staff
  • Assisting in designing and producing branded promotional materials


Undergraduate student or young professional in a related field (graphic design, photography, marketing, journalism or communications, preferred). The candidate must have experience with Adobe Creative Cloud applications (Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop; AfterEffects/motion graphics experience a plus). Candidate should have the ability to work independently and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Work Environment

Normal office setting with low to moderate noise level. We will work with successful applicants to solve technology needs to ensure a positive remote work experience.

Employer's Rights

RTC reserves the right to revise, change or reclassify this job description at any time in accordance with RTC’s business needs. This job description is by no means an implied contract.

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. To apply, please email with the following:

  • The position you are applying for in the subject line

  • A résumé (as a separate attachment)

  • A cover letter that includes a brief statement about your personal background or experiences that demonstrate your potential to contribute to RTC’s commitment to create an inclusive and diverse workplace.​

Commitment to Diversity

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy seeks diverse, passionate and qualified individuals who want to make a difference in the world. RTC is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, and other legally protected characteristics.

If you need a reasonable accommodation because of a disability for any part of the employment process, please e-mail and provide the nature of your request and your contact information.