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The Nature Conservancy’s North Carolina Chapter
Durham, North Carolina

Internship Description:


Founded in 1951, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters, and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably, and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 70 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. The Nature Conservancy’s North Carolina Chapter has protected more than 715,000 acres across the state. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.


The Nature Conservancy’s North Carolina Chapter has an active philanthropy events and field trip program. We lead hikes and paddles in beautiful natural areas so that people can see our conservation work in action. We also host traditional events, such as lunches and receptions that feature educational presentations by our conservation colleagues and provide the opportunity for supporters to interact with our conservation staff. Our events and field trips are meant to engage and inspire people to support our work through philanthropic donations. The North Carolina Chapter has an annual operating budget of approximately $8.5M. Since private philanthropy makes up almost half of our funding and provides us with greater flexibility, we must continuously raise private funds to meet our conservation goals. Our philanthropy events program is a key piece of our fundraising efforts.

With that in mind, we are looking for someone to help us evaluate the success of our philanthropy events program. This internship is an opportunity to help us figure out what questions to ask, how to answer them, and how to analyze and share the resulting information internally. Our goal is for this intern to collect, analyze, and use data to both document the effectiveness of our program and to think through ways of improving it. This internship is meant to allow an intern to apply their expertise to a real-world situation and to gain practical and substantive workplace experience.


This internship is open to currently enrolled college and graduate students. It is unpaid, but we will work with universities for the intern to receive course credit.

The ideal candidate will be comfortable working with qualitative and quantitative data. They will also demonstrate the below competencies and behaviors:

  • Show ability to manage yourself: Take ownership of your work and your own actions.

  • Demonstrate personal credibility and build relationships: Your actions make it clear that you are responsible, reliable, and trustworthy.

  • Communicate effectively and authentically: Ensure information related to your work is effectively exchanged with others.

  • Think critically and solve problems: Use available resources to evaluate potential problems and seek solutions using a logical and systematic approach.

  • Drive for results: Ensure that your work is complete, accurate, and exceeds expectations.


This internship will be based out of our Durham, North Carolina office, and the work is project based. This internship is open to currently enrolled college and graduate students. It is unpaid, but we will work with universities for the intern to receive course credit. The internship will run from mid-January to late-April 2020. Schedules and hours will be determined at the start of the internship, with a general expectation of 8-10 hours a week.


Interested candidates, please submit a resume, a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and the skills you think will make you successful, and a one-page writing sample that demonstrates your ability to share information related to qualitative and/or quantitative data analysis. Send materials to Pamela Evers at pamela.evers@tnc.org. No phone calls please.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status, or other status protected by law.