Science Writing Intern Science Writing Intern

American Geophysical Union American Geophysical Union

Location Washington, DC
Start Date 9/8/2015
End Date 12/18/15
Application Deadline
Part Time
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Contact Information American Geophysical Union (AGU) 2000 Florida Avenue N.W. Washington, DC 20009-1227 USA Phone: +1 202 462 6900 Toll Free: 800 966 2481 (North America only) Fax: +1 202 328 0566 Customer Service: [email protected]


Home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries, AGU provides a dynamic forum for Earth and Space scientists to advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impact of science to society. Through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, AGU offers opportunities to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange kNowledge.


• A Bachelor's degree in physical or life sciences and 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 • It’s a plus, but Not a requirement, to have experience with video and other multimedia, or with social media, and also to have interest and/or experience in helping scientists improve their communication skills. • Willingness to relocate to Washington D.C. area for the internship at own expense. To Apply: For consideration, please submit your application, including a cover letter and three clips at: The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check. AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package. AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. MiNorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Currently, AGU has an excellent internship opportunity in our dynamic Public Information department. Reporting to the Public Information Specialist and Writer, the Science Writing intern will support the public information program (i.e. our press office that publicizes new scientific findings). 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 organizing science communication workshops and other events for scientists. The intern also works closely with other press office staff to identify newsworthy scientific results that will be presented at the AGU Fall Meeting and to help organize press conferences about those results to take place at the meeting.