A Communications Internship at the Wildflower Center offers excellent experience in all aspects of media relations, public relations and marketing. The Communications Intern helps support the Wildflower Center’s communications outreach, which focuses on producing content for the Center’s website (which is visited by 4 million-plus annually), emails, quarterly calendars, Wildflower magazine and other publications.
The Communications Department also works with local and national news crews, creates and distributes press releases and coordinates some on-site events. Best of all, you work with experienced professionals while helping support an organization dedicated to improving the environment and raising global awareness about the value of native plants.
Communications Interns will prepare content for the Wildflower Center’s main communication platforms, such as press releases, emails, magazine stories, blogs and other web content. Other duties include conducting media research, helping log media coverage, submitting to online community calendars and revising web pages. The Communications Intern may also be asked to copy edit and proofread outgoing communications and assist with upcoming projects and events as needed. If an intern’s priority is marketing experience, an internship track focused on marketing is available. Opportunities for experience in photography, videography and graphic design may also be developed.
Some writing and editing experience is preferred. Computer skills should include Microsoft Word and Excel; knowledge of AP style is helpful but can be learned on the job. Social media skills and audiovisual skills are a plus. Internship can be taken for college credit. Preference will be given to candidates with prior work or internship experience in the field.
Please note that these are unpaid internships. One to two interns will be accepted each semester. Housing is not provided, but assistance locating accommodations is available.
Spring, summer or fall programs are typically three days a week during the semester and are designed around the student’s class schedule. Hours are scheduled Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. with occasional weekend events and projects.
How to Apply
Applicants from both the United States and abroad are encouraged to apply. All applicants must complete and send in the following:
- Résumé with relevant coursework and work history
- Up to three writing samples
- One page cover letter stating your interest in communications, what you would like to gain through a Communications internship and why you would like to intern at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center specifically
Email cover letter, résumé, transcripts and letters of recommendation to Lee Clippard. Please, no phone calls.
A criminal history background check is required for all candidates under consideration for Wildflower Center positions. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.