Science Communication Intern

The Integration and Application Network (IAN; seeks a

science communication intern to join a dynamic group of Science Integrators

and Science Communicators at the University of Maryland Center for

Environmental Science ( and assist in the creation of

effective science communication products. This position will support IAN’s

goal of not just studying but solving environmental problems through data

synthesis and science communication. Previous interns have gone on to

graduate schools like Yale, Oxford University (U.K.), and American

University, and to other careers including at the National Aquarium,

University of Maryland, planning offices, etc.

Expected qualifications and skills:

This internship is targeted to graduate or advanced undergraduate students

with backgrounds in science and communication. A background in biology or

environmental science is required. Experience in sound editing skills is

highly preferred. Interns are expected to work with a variety of software

packages including Adobe Creative Suite, Microsoft Office, and GIS

applications. Training will be provided, but familiarity with these

products is preferable.

Responsibilities and duties:

The science communication intern will have multiple duties depending on

their qualifications and interests. Tasks may include:

   – editing text, photos, and videos,

   – working with media outlets such as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, etc.,

   – creating new vector images and conceptual diagrams,

   – plotting spatial data and preparing maps, and

   – creating print-ready InDesign documents.

Included in internship:

This is a contractual, hourly appointment. The chosen candidate will

receive a competitive hourly wage and subsidized healthcare benefits may be

available depending on number of hours worked. Additionally, interns will

gain valuable skills in science communication, including desktop

publishing, spatial analysis, environmental assessment, and effective

communication. The team provides a dynamic, fun, and exciting atmosphere,

as well as a chance to work on some of the most pressing local, national,

and global environmental problems.


This position will be located in Cambridge, Maryland or Annapolis,

Maryland, based on the needs of the team. Send applications to by March 15th, 2019.

Start date:

April 15th or sooner. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Internship duration:

Six months with the possibility of an additional six months.

Applications should include the following items:

   – A letter of interest including a clear statement of why you would like

   to participate in this internship

   – A Curriculum Vitae including two references (with email and phone

   contact information)

   – A writing sample

UMCES, a research institution, is comprised of four laboratories and

Maryland Sea Grant, which are located in different regions throughout the

state. More about UMCES can be found at Maryland

Sea Grant (, located in College Park, is a federal-state

partnership that supports scientific research, education, and outreach

focused on restoring and preserving the Chesapeake Bay and Maryland’s

coastal bays and watershed resources. We serve as a bridge between

scientific expertise and the needs of people who manage, conserve, enjoy,

and make their living from the Chesapeake Bay, America’s largest and most

productive estuary.

The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science is an equal

opportunity employer. The Center’s policies, programs, and activities are

in conformance with pertinent Federal and State laws and regulations on

nondiscrimination regarding race, color, religion, age, national origin,

sex, and disability. Inquiries regarding compliance with Title VI of the

Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Educational

Amendments; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the

Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; or related legal requirements

should be directed to the Director of Human Relations, Center

Administration, P.O. Box 775, Cambridge, MD 21613.