Science Communication Internship 2019

The Darling Marine Center is seeking a motivated undergraduate or graduate student from a Maine college or university to write weekly news stories, lead public tours, and contribute to community engagement efforts. The ideal candidate is a journalism major with passion for science writing or a marine science student with strong journalism and communication skills. The internship will run for 10-12 weeks beginning in late May or early June.

Primary responsibilities will include:

  • Weekly press releases related to the Darling Marine Center and marine sciences at the University of Maine
  • Create social media content, primarily Facebook
  • Photography to accompany media releases, etc.
  • Coordinate and host weekly public tours
  • Coordinate and host weekly public seminar series

Additional tasks may include:

  • Writing feature stories for other UMaine outlets
  • Help maintaining DMC mailing list
  • Help maintaining DMC photo database (identify people, keyword, photo credits, etc.)

Skills/knowledge sought in candidate:

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of standard AP/UMaine editorial style guide
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Interest/knowledge in natural sciences
  • Working knowledge of Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Facebook, Photos.
  • Ideally, experience with multimedia production (video, audio, graphic design) for social media and digital formats
  • Ideally, formal previous experience as a freelance writer or journalist

Selected intern will receive a stipend of $500/week plus housing at the DMC.

To apply, email a cover letter, CV, two references, and two samples of your writing (ideally at least one of which is a non-academic piece) to Linda Healy.

Application deadline: March 8, 2019.