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Science Communication Intern

The Integration and Application Network (IAN; ian.umces.edu) seeks a science communication intern to join a dynamic group of Science Integrators and Science Communicators at the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (www.umces.edu) and assist in the creation of effective science communication products. This position will support IAN's goal of not just studying but solving environmental problems through data synthesis and science communication. Previous interns have gone on to graduate schools like Yale, Oxford University (U.K.), and American University, and to other careers including at the National Aquarium, University of Maryland, planning offices, etc.

Expected qualifications and skills:

This internship is targeted to graduate or advanced undergraduate students with backgrounds in science and communication. A background in biology or environmental science is required. Writing and editing experience is preferred. Interns are expected to work with a variety of software packages including Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and GIS applications. Training will be provided, but familiarity with these products is preferable. 

Responsibilities and duties:

The science communication intern will have multiple duties depending on their qualifications and interests. Tasks may include:

  • editing text, photos, and videos,
  • working with media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.,
  • creating new vector images and conceptual diagrams,
  • plotting spatial data and preparing maps, and
  • creating print-ready InDesign documents.

Included in internship:

This is a contractual, hourly appointment. The chosen candidate will receive a competitive hourly wage and subsidized healthcare benefits may be available depending on number of hours worked. Additionally, interns will gain valuable skills in science communication, including desktop publishing, spatial analysis, environmental assessment, and effective communication. The team provides a dynamic, fun, and exciting atmosphere, as well as a chance to work on some of the most pressing local, national, and global environmental problems.

Location:

This position will be located in Cambridge, Maryland or Annapolis, Maryland, based on the needs of the team. Send applications to afries@umces.edu by March 31, 2020.

Start date:
May 1, 2020 or flexible.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Internship duration:
Six months with the possibility of an additional six months.

Applications should include the following items:

  • A letter of interest including a clear statement of why you would like to participate in this internship
  • A Curriculum Vitae including two references (with email and phone contact information)
  • A writing sample

UMCES, a research institution, is comprised of four laboratories and Maryland Sea Grant, which are located in different regions throughout the state. More about UMCES can be found at www.umces.edu/locations. Maryland Sea Grant (www.mdsg.umd.edu), located in College Park, is a federal-state partnership that supports scientific research, education, and outreach focused on restoring and preserving the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland's coastal bays and watershed resources. We serve as a bridge between scientific expertise and the needs of people who manage, conserve, enjoy, and make their living from the Chesapeake Bay, America's largest and most productive estuary.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an equal opportunity employer. The Center's policies, programs, and activities are in conformance with pertinent Federal and State laws and regulations on nondiscrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, and disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational Amendments; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; or related legal requirements should be directed to the Director of Human Relations, Center Administration, P.O. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613.

Location: 
Integration and Application Network
Tuesday, March 31, 2020