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Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) is the nation’s largest trails organization—with a grassroots community more than 1 million strong—dedicated to building a nation connected by trails, reimagining public spaces to create safe ways for everyone to walk, bike and be active outdoors. Founded in 1986, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's national office is located in Washington, D.C., with regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania. For more information, visit www.railstotrails.org. Connect with RTC @railstotrails on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.

Job Summary

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 (railstotrails.org), 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.

The internship will run from the first week of September to early December (12 weeks), up to 24 hours/week.

Job Location

This position is located in our Washington, D.C., National Headquarters and is eligible for a remote or hybrid work schedule in accordance with RTC’s policies. A hybrid schedule is preferred (working 1–2 days per week in the D.C. office). Proof of vaccination is required for all staff.

Job Duties

RTC is seeking an Editorial - Magazine/TrailBlog Intern to assist with the development of editorial content, with a focus on assisting editorial staff in the development of compelling written and visual storytelling for RTC’s editorial platforms, including but not limited to: Rails to Trails magazine (www.railstotrails.org/magazine), the TrailBlog (www.railstotrails.org/trailblog), the railstotrails.org website, our national Rail-Trail Guidebook Series and other RTC editorial products and related premiums.

This position will also be responsible for helping to populate RTC’s growing photography and archive system.

Editorial (75%):

  • Assist with, and/or lead, the process of research and development for blogs, articles, photo essays, factsheets, mapping visuals, social media blurbs and other related editorial content for RTC products and premiums; includes scheduling and implementing interviews, when appropriate.
  • Assist with the collection, acquisition and management of photos and other visuals, including acquiring formal permission from photographers and organizations.
  • Light proofreading, as needed

Photography and Archive System (25%):

  • Collect and catalogue magazine/blog photos from RTC’s existing file structure before evaluating, tagging, and uploading photos to the archive.
  • Communicate and coordinate with staff confirm sources, details, and permission for photos, when necessary.
  • Minor photo editing, as needed

Supervisory Responsibilities

This position does not have any supervisory responsibilities.

Basic Qualifications and Personal Attributes

The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented and have a passion for storytelling and elevating voices from and within America’s trail and outdoor communities. Other qualifications and personal attributes include the following:

  • Third- or fourth-year undergraduate student, graduate student, or early career professional with a degree track in journalism, communications, public relations/marketing or a related field—or a minimum of one year of writing, research and editing for a consumer or trade magazine, newspaper, blog or nonprofit newsletter
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to be flexible in a fast-paced environment
  • Knowledge of Associated Press Style, a plus
  • Knowledge of content management systems, a plus

Work Environment

Normal office setting with low to moderate noise level.

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

To apply, please email careers@railstotrails.org 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 careers@railstotrails.org and provide the nature of your request and your contact information.