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Internship Opportunity

Development & Communications

This is an in-depth internship opportunity to help facilitate day-to-day development and communication workstreams while supporting development events, communication campaigns, creek and river cleanups, and River Society activities. This internship opportunity provides introductory experience in nonprofit development and communications in support of our state’s lifeblood: the Texas Colorado River.

All Alliance interns get to explore the inner workings of a dynamic environmental nonprofit organization, and we reward our hardworking interns with fun team-building activities, networking, and a strong commitment to professional development and advancement.

Internship period: Spring (January-May)

Key responsibilities:

  • Assist with planning and executing development events and digital campaigns such as Mix + Meander and Amplify Austin Day
  • Develop timely and captivating content to be published across Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter
  • Support constituent management through data entry and gift acknowledgement
  • Support activities of the River Society, the Colorado River Alliance young-professionals group
  • Assist in identifying and securing in-kind prize donations for 2024 Spring Clean and 30th Annual Lake Travis Cleanup
  • Support corporate volunteer groups in creek clean up events as needed
  • Other tasks related to communications, development, and events as required

Stipend: $1,000 upon successful completion of internship.

Reports to: Development and Communications Director


  • Pursuing or completed an undergraduate degree
  • Can commit to 10 hours a week for a semester, with potential for some evenings, meetings, and weekends
  • Excellent communications skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to complete projects with short turnaround time
  • Solid teamwork skills and ability to work individually
  • Graphic design skills are preferred but not required

Skills you’ll develop:

  • Nonprofit communications
  • Project development and management
  • Event planning
  • Constituent management
  • Prospect research

About Our Internships

The Colorado River Alliance champions the long-term vitality of the Texas Colorado River through education and engagement. At the Alliance, we believe that a healthy, flowing river is imperative to the long-term well-being of the communities through which it runs.

Our interns gain comprehensive training, professional development consultations with our staff, and networking and resume-building opportunities.


All interns will receive a $1,000 stipend upon successful completion of the internship.


All intern positions require a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week.


In-person at the Wilkerson Center for Colorado River Education on Lake Austin Blvd. (unless otherwise noted in posting details).

General Qualifications

Spanish proficiency a plus but not required. Pursuing or completed an undergraduate degree. For class credit not required.

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