African Wildlife Foundation


PICS Organization Name
African Wildlife Foundation

Washington, District of Columbia

Organization Description
Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) has nearly 60 years of experience working to ensure wildlife and wild lands thrive in a modern Africa. As one of the oldest and largest conservation organizations focused solely on the continent of Africa, AWF is the primary advocate for the protection of African wildlife and wild lands. AWF works across the continent of Africa implementing programs that are focused on safeguarding areas of high conservation value through a holistic suite of projects that protect land, conserve wildlife, improve the lives of local people by enhancing access to education and income-generating activities, and leverage conservation enterprises to promote economic growth that is not at the expense of Africa’s natural heritage. To learn more, visit 

Internship Description

Position 1:

The intern will be working with the Public Relations and Corporate and Communications (PRCC) and International Policy and Government Relations (IPGR) teams for the duration of the 10-week program. With the PRCC team, the intern will draft new articles in the news section on the website as well as provide support during PR campaigns, monitor curated social media accounts and coordinate media relations. With the IPGR team, the intern will conduct background research and create briefings on U.S. government and international policy, including research in preparation for the 2021 Conference of the Parties of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) as well as support the proposal development process for public sector donors through research, project design discussion and writing. 

Position 2: 

The intern will be working both with the Marketing team and the Data Services team. Working with the Marketing team, the intern will assist in ensuring marketing materials reflect AWF's conservation metrics and correctly communicates impact. The intern will support all of the digital marketing and fundraising efforts such as crafting compelling content for campaigns and monthly enews to ensure AWF’s online audiences and members are informed, empowered, and engaged. The marketing intern will also assist in proofing marketing materials to ensure all collateral reflects organizational conservation metrics and correctly communicates impact. With the Data Services team, the intern will support the team with accurate and efficient data entry, learning how to query and report on information entered to allow fundraising staff to make data-driven decisions. The intern will also assist in creating segmented mailings within the databases and provide feedback on quality control measure.

Weekly Stipend # of Weeks Required Dates Start Time End Time Housing Provided? Public Transportation? Certificate Requirement? Can be Remote?
$500 10 None 9:00 am 5:30 pm No Yes No Yes

Internship Qualifications

  • Administration and organizational skills
  • Event planning
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Attention to details
  • Social media experience
  • Interest in African and global conservation challenges
  • Research


  • Analytical thinker
  • Detail-oriented
  • Excellent writing and research skills

**Writing sample required: Research report or article on a cause the candidate cares about

Additional Info
Many visiting interns use resources such as Craigslist to find housing in the DC metro area close to public transportation or within walking distance of the office.

Former Interns
Katherine McIntire '23, Mara Harwin '22, Hans Imhof '21, Christie Chong '20, Lily Zhang '21

Evaluation Excerpt

Working for the African Wildlife Foundation definitely leaves you with a sense of accomplishment and an all-around good feeling. The organization works for such an important cause and you can really see how each and every little thing, whether it's a small one-page research document or a large conservation progress report, goes into actual change and action in Africa. It was also a really great learning experience. I know so much more about Africa now and so much more about wildlife. I went into the internship with only a general sense and knowledge of Africa and its wildlife crisis. Now, I could probably go on for hours about the topic. -- Lily Zhang '21

I spent more than 5 weeks mainly researching and writing articles for Travel Africa. I wrote a lot and improved a lot thanks to excellent mentorship by my supervisor, Jackie. I also categorized a lot of articles and did a major research project on IPBES. I felt like my work was challenging but doable and respected by everyone at the office. I talked to Jackie when I started and she got a good idea of what I was comfortable with and what I wasn't and she catered work to what I told her. She pushed me while providing help where needed, which was great. -- Hans Imhof '21

I strongly recommend this internship with AWF because you learn a lot about philanthropy, non-profit work, and Africa (even if you don’t know much before) and have lots of opportunities to strengthen professional skills you’ll need in any career. The staff is incredible to work with and will guide you through your assignments, teach you about life in general, and honestly want to get to know you. Many of the assignments allow you to collaborate with other teams so you can get a more holistic sense of what all the departments do. Finally, this is an amazing internship for EEB/environmental-related majors/anyone interested in non-profits or Africa. Some of the Princeton classes I’ve taken on conservation or Africa definitely came in handy! -- Christie Chong '20

↵↵One project that best describes my internship experience was developing the 2020 Elephant Conservation Progress Report for the C&F team. This document is one of two annual conservation progress reports sent to donors and prospects, and it details conditions and developments, key data points, and next steps for all AWF elephant programs in 2020. To gather information to write this report, I communicated extensively with program directors and on-site staff at field locations in Africa. This effort provided me with the opportunity to learn more about how AWF programs function on a more fundamental level and to hear about the experiences and perspectives of on-site conservation workers. This chance to learn more about conservation from a first-hand perspective was fascinating and one of my favorite aspects of the internship. -- Katherine McIntire '23