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Communications Internship

The Society for Science & the Public Communication Internship is intended for people planning careers in communication and is offered three times a year for at least a three-month stay within the following periods: spring (January to April), summer (May to August) and fall (September to December). One applicant will be selected for each period. Note: The Summer 2014 internship is currently accepting applications.

Interns will work 15 hours per week at SSP’s Washington, DC offices and receive a stipend of $400 every two weeks. Applications for the Summer 2014 internship are due by February 10, 2014. Please send your resume and a short writing sample (max of 300 words) to Patrick Thornton at pthornton@societyforscience.org. No phone calls please.

Interns must be current undergraduate or graduate students. Preference is given to students pursuing a degree in communication, journalism, or a related field, alumni of SSP education competitions, and students with an interest and participation in STEM news, research, or education. Applicants planning to receive course credit for this internship should provide any necessary information regarding requirements to SSP.

Specific duties will be decided on based on applicant’s interests and skill level at the beginning of the internship. Possible duties include:

  • Website review and editing- review assigned pages and update basic information
  • Research and contact possible alumni to feature in blogs, newsletters, and quarterly alumni communication
  • Create first drafts of blog posts and other materials
  • Format mass emails
  • Historical photo project- caption and/or create articles based on historical photos for use on web and in various e-communications
  • Research websites SSP should be cross-listed on
  • Graphic design: create infographics, assist with layout of print newsletter, etc
  • Respond to media and parents requesting use of SSP photos
  • Proofreading of various materials including donor letters, newsletters (print and e-newsletter), mass emails, etc.
  • Pull website stats from Google Analytics; pull stats from mass emails
  • Collect list of interesting SSP stories in the media
  • Creating and updating Intel ISEF alumni pages
  • Updating Wikipedia entries about SSP and our programs/publications
  • Background research for remarks/presentations
  • Research media contacts and/or general contacts for Congressional offices
  • Assist in crafting social media updates for SSP social media accounts
  • Help provide communications and customer service for our users on social media
  • Assist in identifying new social media opportunities for SSP 

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