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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 regional offices in California, Florida, Ohio and Pennsylvania.


This position is located in RTC’s national office in Washington, D.C. (West End/DuPont Circle area), and is easily accessible from Metro’s Red line (Farragut North) and Blue/Orange/Silver lines (Foggy Bottom).

Job Summary


Rails-to-Trails Conservancy's website receives approximately 300,000 unique visits each month. offers more than 30,000 miles of trail information to the public free of charge. The site provides comprehensive trail information, including trail names, photos, uses, descriptions and GIS maps.

Job Description

Our National Office has a full- or part-time Internship available. The successful candidate will assist the team in enriching images on the site. The intern will have the following responsibilities:

  • Enrich the site with trail photos by—
    • Loading existing photos from our archives into the appropriate trail record
    • Researching trail photo resources and soliciting the use of photos on
    • Creative campaign development and execution through social media, onsite activities and/or email to encourage photo submissions by the public
    • Identifying best photos for each trail to publish in Iphone app
    • Securing and documenting rights to use photos we collect
    • Apply keyword metadata and geotag photos when possible
  • Conduct outreach to collect historic photos in support of fulfillment of a grant RTC secured to embellish the site with trail history and historic photographs for select trails
  • Assist in implementation of the overall work plan


Qualified candidates are undergraduate seniors and graduate students currently enrolled in a graduate program related to photography, marketing, journalism/communications, database management or a related field. The student should have the ability to work independently and have excellent verbal and written communication skills.


While RTC internships are unpaid, individuals will enjoy the benefits of working in RTC’s National Headquarters in downtown Washington, D.C., in a casual but professional environment.

Surrounded by a variety of restaurants and shops, our office is near the Red line at the Dupont Circle Metro stop and the Blue and Orange Lines at the Foggy Bottom Metro stop. Nearby cultural attractions include the Smithsonian Institution, historical monuments, and the trendy Dupont Circle, Georgetown and Adams Morgan neighborhoods.

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.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé indicating a “ Photography 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