Science Communication Internship Program

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2022 interns in Denver with GSA President Mark Little.

Applications are being accepted through 8 Sept. 2023. Applicants should submit a résumé, cover letter, and writing sample to (subject line: ATTN Science Communication Internship). We will contact you with more information and next steps. Positions are limited and we invite serious inquiries only.

Each year GSA accepts a few geoscience students who are interested in science communication as a possible alternative career path to collaborate with the GSA Science Communication Fellow during GSA Connects. Applicants should have some writing or media experience beyond academic research style and an interest in making technical material accessible to a wider audience.

Selected students will 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 the meeting.

Their assignment is to compile a summary of the presenter's 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.

GSA Science Communication Intern Chloe Danos created a video about Ceramic Petrology and the Migration of Early Peoples in conjunction with the GSA 2022 meeting in Denver.

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. Selected students will receive free meeting registration and a US$100 travel stipend.

The experience is meant to build students’ confidence and skills for conveying scientific subject matter in compelling ways.

Earth fissures are long, narrow cracks in the ground that form where the ground is sinking. These man-made hazards can erode very quickly, posing a threat to nearby infrastructure. GSA Science Communication Intern Emily Zawacki created a video about earth fissures in Arizona in conjunction with the GSA 2019 meeting in Phoenix.
Thanks to UTD GeoScience Studio for producing this short video highlighting the opportunities available through GSA's Science Communication Internships.