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This position offers a current undergraduate student the opportunity to gain experience in science communications, design, animation, and storytelling. The position will be held at NatureServe's headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The student will help create pieces that can be used in professional design portfolios. The intern will work in the Marketing and Communications Department under the supervision of the User Experience and Design Specialist and will focus on telling the story of a NatureServe and National Park Service web tool called Explore Natural Communities. They will do this using an explainer video. The team will create story boards, design characters and story elements, and use live video or animation to explain what Explore Natural Communities does, and how users can access it. There is a lot of opportunity for creative liberty in the creation of this explainer video with the hopes of creating something truly unique that the students can be proud of. The internship will involve 20 hours a week during the university's semester. Students must be studying animation, graphic design, video, science communication or related field (other fields of study will be considered for students with proficiency in design, animation or video).


  • Assist in the development and creation of an Explore Natural Communities explainer video
  • Support the work of the User Experience and Design Specialist
  • Assist in the process of storytelling and the creation of story boards
  • Participate in discussions of user experience and website design
  • Attend meetings with his/her supervisor(s) and relevant to area of learning


  • Proficient in animation, graphic design and multimedia story telling (esp. Adobe After Effects, InDesign, Illustrator, Premiere, Audition Adobe CC 2018 software access will be provided)
  • Strong interest in science communication, biodiversity and environmental conservation
  • Proficiency in using a PC and Microsoft Office (especially Word, Excel, and PowerPoint)
  • Be organized, punctual, creative, adaptable, and a quick thinker with a genuine willingness to learn and create


  • Able to sit/stand at a computer for several hours per day
  • Able to lift and carry up to 30 lbs. without supervision


Please send resume with 3 references, cover letter, and animation/design portfolio (optional) to


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