Resources for the Future (RFF) is an independent, nonprofit research institution in Washington, DC. Our mission is to improve environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions through impartial economic research and policy engagement.

We are looking for a creative, detail-oriented communications and social media intern to join our Washington, DC, communications team for 20–35 hours per week. The internship will run through the spring, starting as early as possible in January 2021. Our communications and social media intern will support the communications team with a variety of projects, gaining a wide range of experience and skills. Candidates with an interest in economics as well as environment and energy policy will be especially well suited to the role. This position pays $15 per hour.

Interested applicants should submit a current resume and a cover letter that tells us why you’re interested in working at RFF and includes the days and hours you would be available to work this spring. Applications without a resume and cover letter will not be considered. If you have graphic design experience, please submit samples of your work, preferably with a brief description of the context (such as the program(s) used to create it and the assignment the work was created for). Materials can be submitted with your application via


The intern will provide support to the communications team in the following areas:

  • Producing engaging written and multimedia content for RFF’s social media accounts and email marketing newsletters
  • Creating and monitoring paid promotions on Twitter and other social media platforms as needed
  • Tracking concrete indicators of RFF’s impact with our impact tracking database
  • Summarizing indicators of the impact of RFF’s research in weekly analytics reports
  • Research publication layout, illustrations, and other graphics support as needed
  • Helping to keep our website updated
  • Helping compile and send impact and news digest staff emails as needed
  • Occasional day-of event support

Other duties will be assigned as necessary; exact responsibilities will vary depending on an individual’s specific skill set and interests.  The position will operate remotely during COVID; post-COVID will be based in Washington, DC. 

  • Background and/or interest in communications, graphic design, economics, environmental policy, energy policy, political science, or related topics.
  • Interest in working for a nonpartisan, nonadvocacy policy organization.
  • Independent worker, comfortable with taking initiative and asking for help alike.
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication and writing skills and a desire to work as part of a collaborative team focused on improving environmental, energy, and natural resource decision-making.
  • Strong organizational and project management skills. Experience using Asana or similar project management tools would be beneficial in this role.
  • Technical skills:
    • Experience using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign is preferred. Proficiency in at least one of these programs is required. If you have experience with graphic design, please submit samples of your work.
    • Experience using social media platforms, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and/or Instagram, is preferred.
    • Knowledge of email marketing platforms, such as Mailchimp, is preferred but not required.
    • Experience using Airtable and/or Google Analytics to track digital engagement would be beneficial but not required.
  • Availability to work at least 20 hours per week from early January through May is preferred; exact dates, days, and hours are flexible. Please include your availability in your cover letter.