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Communications Intern

Job description

Iowa Natural Heritage, INHF's magazineBe part of a small communications team working to help Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation protect and restore Iowa’s land, water and wildlife. INHF communications interns gain valuable experience in print and digital media platforms, work within an established brand and help reach new and established audiences.

Work examples

Communications interns will have the opportunity to learn about and work in all aspects of INHF communications. Projects may include assisting with content creation for and management of INHF social media accounts, blog, website, magazine, event communications and special seasonal projects. Depending on organizational needs and intern skills, communications interns may also assist with public events, photography/videography and graphic design projects.


Strong writing and organizational skills are required. Applicants should also have taken some key writing classes (like news reporting and/or magazine feature writing) and have experience writing at a college publication and/or in a previous internship. This internship is open to undergraduate students who live in or are attending a college or university in Iowa. 

We’re looking for students who are:

  • Interested in the outdoors 
  • Attentive to detail
  • Flexible, organized and capable of working on multiple projects with varying deadlines
  • Comfortable collaborating with a team
  • Creative and looking to bring ideas for content and projects to the table
  • Excited to learn and write about topics with which they may not be familiar
  • Interested in social media and social media strategy


Interns working during the school year typically work 12-15 hours/week. Summer interns must be available to work 32 hours/week. Preference is given to applicants who can stay more than one semester, but one-semester applicants are also considered. Pay is $15/hr.

Most work will be done in the INHF office, but there will be opportunities to work remotely, assist at outreach events and visit project sites in the field. Interns must provide their own transportation to and from work, if needed. INHF encourages interns to take advantage of active and mass transit options while in the Des Moines metro area (DART system, biking and carpooling).

Application information

The application period is currently closed for this position.  To apply for the internship, please email Communications Specialist Erica Place (she/her) at the following:

  • A one-page cover letter
  • Resume
  • 5-6 work samples (published material is ideal, but classroom work is also accepted)
  • A copy (official or unofficial) of your transcripts
  • A letter of recommendation from a professor or professional in your major/area of interest. The letter may be included in your application or sent separately by the writer. Include reference contact information.

Feel free to call or email in advance if you have any questions.

Erica Place, Communications Specialist
Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
505 Fifth Ave., Ste. 444
Des Moines, IA 50309-2321

Phone: 515-288-1846, ext. 26
e-mail: eplace@inhf.org