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Updated Jan 11, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Great place to learn and work!

    Jun 5, 2018 - Communications Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Hands on, flexible, great place to learn how non-profits in DC work and contribute, working a lot on increasing diversity, doing a lot of work at how to sustain themselves long term

    Cons

    At times unorganized, as an intern have to advocate for yourself to get better opportunities, unpaid (but will give you a metrocard to pay for travel to and from work)

    2 people found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Former Employee

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    Jan 11, 2021 - Campaign Representative in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Generally positive experience working there

    Cons

    There were not many downsides

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  3. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Clique-y management, mired in bureaucracy

    Jan 27, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good cause, legacy of good work

    Cons

    Bureaucratic, too many levels of management

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    2 people found this review helpful
  4. 4.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Opportunity to learn but not contribute much

    Jun 17, 2019 - Communications Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Lots of smart people, great office culture and perks, learn a lot about public lands protection and federal environmental policy

    Cons

    Unpaid, didn’t have a lot of meaningful work to do as an intern, felt under-utilized

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee

    GR Intern at TWS

    Dec 8, 2015 - Government Relations Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    From start to finish, my experience here at TWS has been incredible. As an intern, it is not unheard of to be kept off of major projects and be stuck doing menial tasks, but that was never the case here at TWS! I was the only intern this term, so I had the privilege of working on projects for all the different GR teams and it was a tremendous learning experience! I would HIGHLY recommend interning here if you can!

    Cons

    Honestly there were no downsides to my experience. It is a great work environment that is really conducive to learning!

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Very effective conservation group, great place to work

    Feb 18, 2016 - Manager in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    This is a very effective, hard-working organization that sees the big picture and sweats the details in terms of science, government relations, working with local organizations and informing the public. On top of that, the culture is very inclusive, friendly and respectful of staff. A very smart and dedicated groups of people. Doesn't have the enormous resources that some other conservation groups have, but their financial standing is very strong and getting better every year. For its size, this organization has an huge, positive impact on conservation policy in the U.S.

    Cons

    The Wilderness Society doesn't get the respect and recognition and support it deserves. Maybe that's because they are too busy protecting the nation's wild public lands.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    So far, so good

    Oct 26, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I have worked for several non-profit environmental outfits, and this has been the most pleasant experience. Senior leadership seems to legitimately care about staffers, or at least care about retaining them and building a strong organization around them, as evidenced by generous vacation, team-building perks (professional retreats/training sessions), attempts at increasing diversity/inclusion, etc. Personally, my experiences with management have been quite positive; there are a lot of smart, solid people here.

    Cons

    TWS is non-partisan to a fault, which can be extremely frustrating in Washington DC ("whattya MEAN we can't put out a statement about how Sen. Jones is a butthead?") but it ostensibly serves a coalition-building purpose. You'll probably never get rich here, but that's kind of the non-profit game. In that vein, we have all the usual headaches of non-profits...coalition chaos, sometimes-dysfunctional bureaucracy, etc.

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  8. 5.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Government Relations Intern (Summer 2015)

    Aug 24, 2015 - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Best intern experience on the Hill ever! Every day offered new challenges and rewards. The Government Relations team were incredibly knowledgeable and friendly. Interns were assigned to individual supervisors and encouraged to take lead opportunities to specialize in an environmental area. Additionally, interns were assigned special projects. Supervisors were engaging and charismatic. They offered plenty of advice and guidance. Work environment was busy and energetic, yet fun. Small intimate setting at prestigious institution.

    Cons

    Shadowing opportunities are limited. Some restrictions in bringing laptops home. Gallery duty (although on two-week intern rotation basis) may conflict with attending meetings and/or finishing other important work.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  9. 3.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Great internship, but insincere people

    May 16, 2016 - Intern in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Lots of responsibility, lots of variety in the experience, definitely felt like a needed and appreciated part of the team. They appreciate their interns a great deal.

    Cons

    Some of the employees will tell you whatever you want to hear, but they'll never follow through or be there when you need them. Plus, the internship was unpaid, but the work was real. Some of what I wrote was sent out to the thousands of members. It was very unstable while I was there. A significant number of people were fired on my first, and reorganizations were underway. It was awkward, knowing that a lot of the people I was meeting and greeting for the first time weren't going to be there tomorrow.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Excellent place to work

    Dec 14, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Recommend
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    Pros

    TWS is a wonderful organization full of dedicated, passionate staff. Great place to work, with excellent benefits and a commitment to work-life balance. The DC office is beautiful and in a great location downtown.

    Cons

    Coordination between teams and offices can sometimes be lacking, which is frustrating when it makes the work more inefficient. But otherwise, a really great place to work that I would highly recommend.

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