Wildflower Center communications internships offer experience in a wide range of communications-related subfields, including (but not limited to) editorial, videography, photography, marketing, advertising, graphic design, media and public relations, and social media. In a general sense, communications interns help support the Wildflower Center’s outreach efforts, which take many forms.
These are intended to be of a design-your-own nature in order to provide students and young professionals with the opportunity to gain experience in the areas that best serve their goals. This might include developing a podcast or video series; creating blog posts and other unique web content; researching and writing articles for our signature publication, Wildflower magazine; attending and representing the Wildflower Center at community outreach and marketing events; taking and archiving photos; crafting emails and/or press releases; helping to design signs and advertisements; creating social media content; contributing as a creative collaborator on various campaigns; assisting with the promotion of classes, programs and events; and more.
Regardless of your internship’s focus, you will work with a team of professionals experienced in the field of communications 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 various platforms. As outlined above, this may include tasks related to marketing, publishing, graphic design, photography, videography and more. Other duties may include conducting media research, submitting to online community calendars, proofreading, revising web pages, and assisting with upcoming projects and events as needed. Internship tracks and responsibilities are tailored to fit the department’s needs and an intern’s interests and skills.
Helpful qualifications include basic computer skills such as Microsoft Word and Excel, writing and/or editing experience, social media proficiency, graphic design knowledge including experience with Adobe Creative Suite, audiovisual skills, web design and/or blogging knowledge — anything related to content creation and/or community outreach.
Internships are typically three months in duration and loosely match spring, summer or fall college semesters. Expected hours per week are roughly 20; schedules are flexible and will be designed around a candidate’s availability. Hours may be scheduled Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., with occasional weekend events and projects.
Please note that these are unpaid internships; they may be completed for college credit.
How to Apply
Applicants from the United States and abroad are encouraged to apply. All applicants must submit the following:
- Résumé with relevant coursework and work history
- Up to three samples of your work (writing, photography, design, etc.)
- One letter of recommendation that reflects academic and work experience
- A brief cover letter stating your interest in communications — including specific skills you would like to develop and any relevant project ideas — and why you would like to intern at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center specifically
Email cover letter, résumé, letter of recommendation and samples of your work to Amy McCullough. 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.