Wildlife Conservation Research Intern

​​PROTECTING OUR ENVIRONMENT WITH INTELLIGENCE. The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) is a 501(c)(3) independent, international, non-profit advocacy organization based in Washington, D.C. with a proven record of triggering and affecting systemic change to protect the Earth’s environment. Over the last three decades, EIA has established a unique paradigm of methods to drive change — including pioneering the use of undercover investigative techniques to expose environmental crime and drive impact. These crimes include illegal trade in endangered wildlife, illegal logging and associated trade in illegal timber, and the trade in both climate-damaging and ozone-layer-depleting gases.

Position Description:

EIA is seeking a creative and highly motivated Wildlife Conservation Research Intern to join one of the most dynamic advocacy teams in Washington, DC. Working in close collaboration with the Wildlife Team, the Wildlife Conservation Intern will dedicate their research and analytical skills to support the Wildlife Team’s campaigns to protect elephants, rhinos, beluga whales, and orangutans. This position is based in Washington, DC.

The initial length of the internship is ideally three (3) months with the possibility of extension. Writing samples may be requested as part of the hiring process.

This internship will entail a diversity of activities including:
●    Assisting with research and writing to prepare campaign materials, including blogs, fact sheets, social media posts, etc. as needed.
●    Assisting with various administrative tasks to support campaign activities and the team, as requested.
●    Other duties as necessary to support Wildlife Team members in implementing multi-faceted campaigns.

Essential Qualifications:

●      Strong demonstrated research and writing skills and attention to detail.
●      Good work ethic, high standards, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work independently as well as in a team.
●      Excellent interpersonal skills.
●      Ability to maintain a high level of efficiency, confidentiality, and integrity in a fast-paced, demanding, and often changing environment.
●      Demonstrated ability to effectively organize disparate information, multiple activities, and competing priorities.
●      Available to work a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Other Desirable Qualifications:

●      Interest and/or experience in wildlife conservation, public policy, advocacy, international relations, or journalism.
●      Foreign language skills, particularly Japanese, Mandarin, or Indonesian.
●      Familiarity with issues concerning elephants, rhinos, whales, the Arctic, and orangutans.

Commitment to Inclusion, Racial Justice and Anti-oppression: 

EIA strives to integrate values of equity, fairness, inclusiveness, transparency, and accountability into our work, which includes reflecting our commitment to racial justice in our programmatic work and our organizational structure and values. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to engage in this ongoing process and work with us to create an inclusive work environment and world.

EIA is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity. All employment at EIA is decided on the basis of merit, qualifications, and business needs.


This is a paid internship position [$16-$18/hr]

How to Apply:

Please send a cover letter and resume to [email protected] with “Wildlife Intern” in the subject line. In your email, please note where you saw this job posting. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applications received, we are only able to respond to those selected for interviews. This position is open immediately. Being authorized to work in the United States is a pre-condition of employment. Open until filled.