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Science Communication INTERN

Internship for Undergraduate and Graduate students and recent grads
800 per week for 11 weeks
Closing date
Mar 1, 2023

Position Overview

  • The Communications Intern will assist with science writing, website and social media content, and potential visual or video projects.
  • To be eligible for this program you must have been a student in Fall 2022, currently enrolled as a student, or returning as a student in Fall 2023. If you are unsure of your eligibility please reach out to
  • The internship is 11-weeks starting May 22, 2023.
  • Interns must participate for the full 11-week period.
  • A weekly stipend of $800 is provided for 11 weeks
  • Work can be completed in Boulder, Colorado or at a remote location

Position Description

Intern will be responsible for assisting in creating content for science communication and to highlight EarthScope’s science-support activities. Tasks may include contributing to organizational news stories and science summaries, interviewing other interns, creating and posting content on social media, updating and creating webpages, and graphic design or video production. Specific projects will be selected based on skillset, interest, and growth goals. The successful applicant will have basic technical skills working in an online environment, will be highly organized, and will have exceptional attention to detail.

Essential Job Functions

  • Create and edit web content using WordPress.
  • Develop compelling and engaging social media posts.
  • Produce imagery and writing for communications purposes.

Working Relationships


  • Reports to the Science Communications Associate, coordinating via Slack and daily Zoom meetings. Interacts and collaborates with peers and colleagues across the organization.


  • May interact with community members to inquire about research or coordinate outreach efforts.


  • Interacts effectively with various EarthScope staff to ensure the completion of assigned responsibilities. May provide guidance on technical matters to others. Does not have supervisory responsibility.

 Core Competencies

  • Accountability and Responsibility
  • Relationship Building
  • Skilled Problem Solver
  • Customer Focus
  • Strategic Thinking

Physical Work Demands

  • Able to sit and/or stand to work at a computer
  • Able to move about a typical office and outdoor work/research environment on a daily basis
  • Able to lift and move up to 25 pounds occasionally

Mental Work Demands

  • Regular and on-time attendance

Note: To perform this position successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential responsibility satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of knowledge, skill, and/or ability required and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or qualifications associated with this position.

Required Education

  • University level student in Earth sciences or relevant STEM field
  • Interest in working at the intersection of science and communication

Required skills

  • Ability to communicate effectively and clearly
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to work independently and pay attention to detail
  • Ability to manage time, especially when there may be competing priorities

Preferred Skills

  • Experience working in WordPress or other content management system
  • Experience with multiple social media platforms
  • Experience with graphics software (e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop)
  • Ability to translate complex scientific concepts to non-scientific audiences

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