RJF internship
Applications are due August 19, 2020.

Overview: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is seeking a remote intern to support the Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF) initiative, which is aimed at supporting strong, independent journalism on issues related to tropical rainforests. The intern will support the mission of the RJF by participating in publishing, communications, and research activities, working with the RJF manager (based in D.C.) and regional coordinators (based in Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo). The intern's responsibilities will primarily involve the Rainforest Journalism Fund, but there will be opportunities to learn from and collaborate across Pulitzer Center teams.

The RJF intern should be available to start as early as September. To apply, please fill out this form via Submittable. Applications are due August 19, 2020. Internships average approximately six months,with the possibility of extension.

About the Rainforest Journalism Fund: The Rainforest Journalism Fund (RJF), launched in September 2018, represents a major investment in international environmental and climate reporting. Through the Pulitzer Center, the RJF will support nearly 200 original reporting projects over five years, along with annual regional conferences designed to raise the level of reporting on global tropical rainforest issues like deforestation and climate change–leading to stories that make a difference. The RJF will support and build capacity for local and regional reporters based in the Amazon Basin, Congo Basin, and Southeast Asia, as well as international reporters working in those regions. The RJF is supported by the Norwegian International Climate and Forest Initiative (NICFI). For more information about the RJF, please see our announcement and update.

About the Pulitzer Center: The Pulitzer Center is an award-winning non-profit journalism organization in the heart of Washington, DC. We support journalists to report on systemic global issues critically important to our understanding of the world but often ignored by mainstream media. We work to place their stories in high-end outlets, from The New York Times, PBS NewsHour, PRI's The World, National Geographic, and NPR, as well as an array of social media. Increasingly, we support stories that are placed in local, national, and regional media outlets beyond the U.S. We also create innovative educational programs to connect students, teachers and the public with the print reporters, photographers, filmmakers, radio documentarians and multimedia journalists who work with us around the world.

RJF Intern Roles & Responsibilities:

  • Editorial / Publishing Support
    • Build and post stories from our journalist grantees for our new RJF website
    • Depending on skill and interest, help compile web materials and provide basic translation support to keep the RJF website navigable in multiple languages
    • Support collection and compilation of impact resulting from RJF-supported projects
  • Community-Building & Communications Support
    • Assist with virtual event coordination to support capacity building for journalists and to promote the work of RJF grantees
    • Contribute to and maintain our online profiles, social networking sites and channels (especially Twitter)
    • Coordinate or co-author blog posts and resource summaries for RJF website
  • Research Support
    • As needed, work with RJF regional coordinators (based in Brazil, Indonesia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo) to compile tip sheets by identifying useful resources and important stories
    • Support RJF regional coordinators in efforts to expand and maintain media landscape maps

Minimum Candidate Qualifications:

  • Professional/written proficiency in English and an additional RJF language (Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese, Spanish, French)
  • Demonstrated interest in global environmental issues and/or international affairs
  • Strong writing skills, attention to detail, and strong communication skills

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:

  • Professional/written proficiency in English and more than one of the RJF languages (Spanish, French, Bahasa Indonesia, Portuguese)
  • Experience conducting research in multiple languages (either with working proficiency or using translation software)
  • Demonstrated interest/experience in working across time zones, geographies, and cultures
  • Demonstrated interest/experience in environmental journalism and/or related social or biological sciences 

The Pulitzer Center is an equal opportunity employer and seeks to forward diversity through its programs and hiring. See our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement for details.

Location: Please note that due to the COVID-19 crisis, the Pulitzer Center is currently working remotely. Candidates should have stable high-speed internet access and a laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and microphone. 

Stipend: Full-time interns receive a US $2,600 stipend per month. 

Duration of Internship: Internships average approximately six months,with the possibility of extension.

How to Apply: Please submit your application via Submittable. Applications require a CV/résumé, contact information for two references, two work samples, and a statement of interest (max. 500 words). Applications are due August 19 at 11:59 PM ET.