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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 with research, writing and social media skills to support the activities of the Communications Department. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Researching potential topics, and assisting in writing and authoring RTC articles for, blogs and social media
  • Interviewing staff and external contacts for RTC articles and blogs (
  • Creating content for the RTC website ( and other materials as assigned
  • Engage with RTC’s social media audiences on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn by designing social media activations, and engaging directly with audiences via direct messages and messenger
  • Analyzing content performance on RTC’s social media platforms
  • Assisting with drafting press releases and media alerts
  • Compiling and cataloguing RTC media contacts, blog contacts and partners
  • Collecting, cataloguing and securing permissions and rights to use photos and images in RTC publications
  • Other duties as assigned by the communications team


Undergraduate student or young professional in a related field (communications, journalism, public relations or marketing, preferred). Knowledge of AP Style a plus!

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.