Internship - Communications Assistant | WWF

Internship - Communications Assistant

Posted on 02 April 2007    
The WWF International Danube-Carpathian Programme is seeking a German-language intern to support a freshwater project on the Trans-European Networks for Transport (TEN-T), mainly for work on communications.

About the project:
The TEN-T is a program of the European Union to improve the connectivity between the markets of the old (Western) and the new (Central and Eastern European) EU Member States. The Danube as an important international waterway is one of the most important components of the TEN-T, the so-called Pan-European Transport Corridor. The ecological integrity of the river system already suffers from massive morphological and hydrological regulation. The situation, however, will become even worse when the Danube countries have to eliminate a number of so-called bottlenecks for navigation - not incidentally, areas that in terms of environmental services and benefits are the most valuable and that under current plans would be significantly damaged.

WWF therefore wants to ensure that the implementation of the TEN-T and other transport policies on the Danube would be an example of good practice in the field of environmentally compatible inland navigation. We aim to establish a modern inland navigation system that serves both global ecological benefit due to reduced greenhouse gas emissions and ecological benefit for local and regional ecosystems.
In order to raise awareness and gain public support for our goals, we are organising a campaign during summer 2007.

Field of internship
Communications, organisation of events, general consultation

Field of study of the applicant
Journalism, environmental studies, political economy, hydraulic or water resources engineering

Assisting with the preparation for and activities of a Danube-wide campaign related to WWF project on Trans-European Networks for Transport (TEN-T):
  • Support in preparation of campaign’s communication material: brochures, fact-sheets, media kits, website, visual information, PR material and other elements
  • Drafting press releases, articles, compiling country reports
  • Liaising with the communication teams in other offices of the WWF Danube Carpathian Programme and WWF partners 
  • Updating homepage
  • Planning and preparation of meetings related to the campaign
  • Support in the preparation of public relations events
  • Other support needed for the preparation and execution of the campaign
Required skills
  • Excellent writing and communication skills in German
  • Good abilities to clearly summarise large amounts of information
  • Excellent team player
  • Good organizational skills
  • Used to flexible working time
Language requirements
  • Native German-speaker
  • Very good (fluent) knowledge of English
  • Majority of information will be in English, most writing tasks in German, communication with partners in English.
Starting date
As soon as possible

4-6 months, with possibility of extension

Working hours
Working hours can be flexible

What we offer
  • Small remuneration is offered (amount depends on qualifications)
  • Work in a young and dynamic team
  • Contacts with WWF colleagues and partners throughout Europe, from Brussels and Germany to Romania and Ukraine
  • Considerable room for own initiative
  • Flexible time arrangements
  • Experience of working on a complex international project in a global conservation organisation
About the organisation:
WWF is a global non-profit organization that operates in more than 100 countries. The WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme promotes the conservation, restoration and sustainable management of nature within the region and for the benefit of both people and environment. The WWF Danube-Carpathian Programme works across political borders on model projects, influencing policy, networking, capacity-building, communication and crisis response. The Danube-Carpathian region includes all or part of Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland, Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

Contact :
WWF International Danube-Carpathian-Programme

Ms Neringa Pumputyte (campaign coordinator)
Mariahilferstrasse 88a/3/91070 Wien
Fax: +43 1 524 54 70 70
Tel.: +43 1 524 54 70 18

To apply:
Please send a CV and a cover letter (either in German or in English) by 20 April 2007 and an example of writing in German to

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