Butterfly Pavilion
  • 19-Nov-2021 to 31-Dec-2022 (MST)
  • Marketing
  • Westminster, CO, USA
  • Unpaid
  • Internship - Unpaid


Butterfly Pavilion is seeking a creative, highly motivated and energetic individual to develop and implement communications strategies internally and externally. This is a great opportunity for those seeking hands-on experience in communications, marketing, research, or for those looking to develop skills in the Non-Profit field.

Organization Description: Butterfly Pavilion is the first stand-alone, Association of Zoos and Aquariums-accredited non-profit invertebrate zoo in the world and a leader in invertebrate knowledge, inspiration and connection. Whether it is providing unique, hands-on learning experiences in our exhibits and educational programs, conducting new research that sets the standard for zoos across the country or building innovative solutions for species and habitat conservation in countries around the world, Butterfly Pavilion is leading the way in ensuring invertebrates are protected for the future.

A large part of who we are as an organization is how we interact with each other. Valuing our facility, guests, donors and our team is a priority, without these puzzle pieces we can't make it all work, these Core Values guide us throughout our day. We Love What We Do at Butterfly Pavilion, we Make Science Cool by Going Above and Beyond for all guests, donors, and team members while also Leading Change in invertebrate conservation. We Know Our Stuff and work to have a healthy culture by Being Positive and Welcoming to All. These aren't just words, but words for us to live by here at Butterfly Pavilion.

Mission: To foster an appreciation of invertebrates by educating the public about the need to protect and care for threatened habitats globally, while conducting research for solutions in invertebrate conservation.

Position Summary: The communications intern will report directly to the Director of Communications and Marketing for at least 16 to 24 hours per week either on site at Butterfly Pavilion (BP) or remotely. The intern will perform various support tasks to support the Director, including, but not limited to researching and summarizing media outlets and media contacts in Colorado and nationwide that would be appropriate to "pitch" BP stories, updating media placement grids, assisting with building media story angles, identifying local Colorado speaking engagements and updating conference grid, following major environmental, conservation, science and education news stories and identifying trends, ad hoc projects.

Key Duties & Activities:

  • Identifying national and local news trends and major stories that BP can find a way to incorporate into our own media pitches and story angles
  • Capturing BP media placements and entering details into media coverage grid
  • Capturing excerpts from BP news coverage that highlight key messages
  • Identifying and categorizing potential conferences to attend and finding speaking engagements for BP experts
  • Helping build media story angles and drafting fact sheets

Qualifications & Skills:

  • Communications, journalism, or marketing major
  • Social media skills
  • Writing skills and writing samples
  • Media relations experience a plus
  • Research experience and skills
  • Excel experience and able to create spreadsheets

Work Environment / Physical Requirements:

While performing the responsibilities of this position, these work environment characteristics are representative of the environment the position will encounter. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

At Butterfly Pavilion, the employee is occasionally exposed to moderate to loud environmental noise for extended periods of time.

While performing the responsibilities of this position, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and stand, use their hands and fingers, to handle/feel/grasp. The employee is occasionally required to reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision. Employee should be able to lift, carry and items up to 50 lbs.

Minimum Age Requirement: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Direct Reports to: Director of Communications and Marketing

Duration of Internship: 3-4 months

Hours per week: 16-24 hours per week, weekend & evening work will be included.

Stipend: Unpaid

Additional Requirements: Has own laptop with internet connection.

Application Deadlines:

  • December 31st, 2021

Start Dates:

  • Quarter 1, 2022

How to Apply:

Butterfly Pavilion is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages people of all backgrounds to apply for open positions and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or veteran status.

Applicants must submit a Resume and Cover Letter to the following link:

Position is open until filled. No phone calls or drop in's please.

Butterfly Pavilion encourages people of all backgrounds to apply and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty or veteran status.

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