Each year GSA accepts a small number of geoscience students who are interested in science communication as a possible
alternative career path, to collaborate with the GSA Science Communication Fellow during the Annual Meeting.
Applicants should have some writing or media experience beyond academic research style and an interest in making
technical material accessible to wider audiences.
Selected students work under the tutelage of the GSA Communications staff and GSA’s Science Communication
Fellow to select, arrange, and conduct interviews with at least two presenters (of the students’ choice) at
Their assignment is to compile a summary of the presenters’ work that is suitable for a non-technical
audience. Assignments can be completed in written form for possible publication online on Speaking of
Geoscience (GSA’s guest blog), or in an alternative audio or visual media.
In addition to communications mentoring, interns may also have opportunities to network with working members
of the press, assist in the GSA Newsroom, meet GSA leadership, and participate in press events.
Internships require full four-day attendance at the meeting, and a flexible 10-hour work commitment during
the meeting in order to connect with interviewees. Completed hours qualify toward a free meeting
registration in accordance with GSA student volunteer program guidelines, but no travel assistance to
attend the meeting is available at this time.
The experience is meant to build students’ confidence and skills for conveying scientific subject matter in
To apply, watch for the announcement in mid-summer on the GSA Annual Meeting website.