Office of the Founder Internship

Location:  Washington Metro Area - Vienna (Tyson’s Corners), VA at the Spring Hill Metro Station
Status: Open

The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) is seeking a proactive, highly motivated college student or recent graduate who is passionate about the mission of our organization and is interested in interning with the Office of the Founder-Global (OOF-G) department for the fall of 2015.
Dr. Jane Goodall travels an average of 300 days per year, spreading her message of hope all over the world. On any given day, she may be speaking about her chimpanzee behavioral research in what is today Tanzania; the threats facing chimpanzees; JGI’s community-centered conservation programs in Africa; and the Institute’s global environmental and humanitarian youth program, Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots.
Interested individuals will have a unique opportunity to interact with the world’s foremost authority on wildlife conservation while gaining a bird’s-eye view into the inner workings of the Institute.
The OOF-G intern will work with members of the Office of the Founder’s team, as well as other JGI staff, to support their work and projects on a day-to-day basis.
The OOF intern’s responsibilities will include:
Supporting OOF’s Vice President and outreach coordinator in the planning of Dr. Goodall’s lecture tours
Responding to correspondence sent to Dr. Goodall (emails and letters)
Researching specific topics related to Dr. Goodall’s writing requests
Organizing and maintaining JGI’s archives, including physical and electronic files 
Generating content for the website/social media and helping edit documents 
Providing support related to media requests
Performing general administrative tasks
The ideal candidate will be:
Able to manage multiple tasks with little supervision
Be highly organized and detail-oriented
Have an interest in learning about and helping with a wide range of activities 
Possess excellent written and oral communication skills
Have knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, Google Docs, and social media properties
Possess solid interpersonal skills and be able to work independently and as part of a team


The position is unpaid, but academic credit can be arranged. With an internship program focused on independent study and work, intern experiences with the Jane Goodall Institute generally serve well in university course systems, and many schools welcome students to use their experience as an opportunity to earn credit toward their undergraduate or graduate degrees. Interns who work from the JGI-USA headquarters office in the Washington-Metro area can be reimbursed $50/month for public transportation.

Other Notes/Application Details:

Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States. JGI staff empower interns to participate on many levels in a friendly, productive, team-based work environment.

Interested candidates must email their resume, cover letter and one writing sample to Jacob Petersen at



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