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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

RTC’s Trail Development Team (Program Department) has one part-time internship position available for the Spring semester. Interns will assist staff members as follows:

  • Assist with the creation and maintenance of technical assistance related documents, reports and web content

  • Assist with the maintenance of RTC’s trail database. Specific duties may include updating the database with rail-trail news and reviewing/updating trail and rail corridor information within the database.

  • Assist with researching key tourism details in communities along the route of a developing cross-country trail

  • And assist with trail related administrative duties as required (Trails projects may change with each semester.)

The intern will have the opportunity to participate as a full-time staff member, including attending staff and department meetings and social gatherings. Hours are flexible to accommodate class schedule(s) or other commitments. Generally, interns would work 15-20 hours, two to four days per week.


The ideal candidate should be currently enrolled at a college or university, looking for course credit and able to commit to a semester’s worth of work (2 to 3 months).

Qualified interns should be in an undergraduate or graduate program seeking on-the-job experience, or professionals looking to hone their skill set. In all internships, excellent writing and communication skills are necessary. RTC operates off a Microsoft Office platform, and experience in Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and Outlook is expected. Applicants should be task-oriented, highly organized and possess a strong interest in environmental issues or related studies, including trail development.


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. Cultural attractions include the Smithsonian Institution, historical monuments, and the trendy Dupont Circle and Georgetown neighborhoods.

How to Apply

Please use only one method of transmitting your résuméNo phone calls please, unless contacted for an in-person interview.

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and résumé indicating a “Trails and Greenways 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

EOE. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.