Internship – Digital Communication



About 1000 Friends


1000 Friends of Florida is a statewide, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization founded in 1986 to help build better communities and save special places. This is how we envision our future in Florida:


  • Vibrant cities and towns, thriving and livable neighborhoods, and an outstanding quality of life;


  • Abundant natural lands, a verdant network of wildlife corridors and greenways, productive farms, and pristine springs and rivers;


  • Communities where Floridians have safe and useful transportation options to meet daily needs including driving, walking, bicycling and transit; and


  • Affordable housing choices for all.


Expectations for intern


1000 Friends maintains contact with its donors and potential donors through emails, a Facebook page and a Twitter account. We need to increase the frequency of these contacts to expand our donor base and raise our digital profile. We hope to reach out to new audiences through Instagram. These goals will be especially important to pursue during the 2019 legislative session, from March 5 through May 3,

when we are most active in advocating on statewide public policies.


We are expecting our intern to spend 10 hours a week drafting emails and posts for Facebook and Twitter. In addition, we may call on our intern to help us establish our presence on Instagram. The ideal emails and posts will reflect 1000 Friends’ priorities and engage donors and potential donors by referencing ongoing, related developments in the news. Therefore, it will be essential for our intern to monitor news developments closely. There may also be opportunities for the intern to draft messages that are not time-sensitive and could be posted later in the year. Because 1000 Friends is a nonpartisan organization, emails and posts must not advocate support or defeat for any elected official or party. Communication should be strictly policy oriented.


1000 Friends is a small organization with only four full-time employees. The intern is most likely to work with Communications Director Vivian Young, but might also work with President Paul Owens and Policy & Planning Director Thomas Hawkins. The intern should expect to work primarily remotely, submitting drafts of emails and posts for approval before they are sent or posted by 1000 Friends staff. The intern should be available for telephone calls and scheduled in-person meetings to discuss work. There is a potential for additional work on communication for 1000 Friends depending on ability and performance, including participation in formulating a strategy to expand the organization’s following on social media.


Applicant instructions


  • Applicants should provide 1000 Friends with a resume and a cover letter that address the following:


  • Student’s interest in land use, transportation or environmental issues evidenced through course selection, undergraduate study, work experience or volunteer experience;


  • Knowledge of state and local policy in Florida;


  • Writing ability;


  • Hours desired to work including total number of hours proposed, date by which student would complete hours, and any available information on schedule (such as specific weeks available or hours of work per week).


Please submit applications in .pdf format to President Paul Owens at