American Geophysical Union Fall 2012 Internship on Science Writing

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July 13, 2012

Job Summary
Fall Internship: Science Writing
Salary: Starting at 16.67
Location: Washington, D.C.
Employer: American Geophysical Union
Type: Contract – Student/Graduate/Internship

Job Description
The world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists—the American Geophysical Union (AGU)—is seeking a science-writing intern to work for approximately 13 weeks this fall at AGU’s headquarters in Washington, D.C. AGU publishes 20 scientific journals and runs several scientific meetings; the largest of them, the annual Fall Meeting in San Francisco, draws more than 20,000 attendees.

The intern will work in AGU’s public information program (i.e. our press office). His or her primary focus will be to read abstracts of papers to be published in AGU journals in order to identify newsworthy findings, and to write succinct, accurate, compelling press releases and blog posts about those papers. The information for those pieces will come both from the papers and from interviews with the researchers and independent commenters.

The internship also involves assisting AGU public information staff with a range of other activities, which can include using and exploring social media, creating videos or other multimedia content, and developing science communication training materials for scientists.

Requirements
Minimum qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in physical or life sciences, current student or graduate of a science journalism program, experience writing official science press releases issued by a public information office and/or stories about scientific research that were published in news media outlets, and willingness to relocate to Washington D.C. area for the internship at own expense. Experience with video and other multimedia, with social media, and an interest in helping scientists improve their communication skills preferred, but not required.

Dates of internship: Approx. 13 weeks starting Sept. 4, 2012 – but exact dates are flexible. This is a paid internship (for salary information, please contact AGU Human Resources). Please submit your application via AGU website, including a cover letter and three clips, by July 27.

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