ASLO Science Communication Internship: Call for applications

ASLO Science Communication Internship: Call for applications

ASLO is now accepting applications for the  2020 ASLO Science Communication Internship. Applications are being accepted for a January 2020 start date, with a minimum six-month commitment (details on timing and stipend below). The internship is based in the ASLO Communications Office in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and will provide exposure to the many forms of science communication. The internship is available to current or recent graduate students (degree awarded within 2 years) in the aquatic sciences. Selection criteria include demonstrated interest in one or more aspects of science communication, strong communication and interpersonal skills, and excellent academic record within the aquatic sciences.

The successful applicant will work closely with ASLO Director of Communications and Science Adrienne Sponberg on a wide variety of projects in the areas of Policy, Education, and Public Outreach for a first-hand look at how science is communicated to a variety of audiences. The ASLO Science Communication Intern will complete a personal learning plan and a signature project within their specific area of interest. Interns will also assist with formulation and coordination of professional development programs for ASLO members in science communication and collaboration. Through this experience, the intern will gain valuable insights into the operation of non-profit associations, as well project management skills. Read about the experiences of previous ASLO interns at

The 2020 ASLO SciComm intern will have the opportunity to work on projects in a variety of areas, including:

  • International Collaboration. Learn more about international research and science collaboration by providing support for the NSF-funded Limnology & Oceanography Research Exchange (LOREX) program. Tasks include:working with LOREX students to promote their research and the program through blogging and social media,and coordinating professional development opportunities (webinars and/or sessions at the ASLO-SFS Meeting in June 2020).
  • Education and Outreach. Gain experience in aquatic science education and outreach by participating with ASLO’s Education committees and with the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS). The intern will be heavily engaged in the CASS booth at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in late April 2020.

  • Policy. Get a first-hand look at how policy is formulated in the U.S. by attending hearings and topical briefings on Capitol Hill.
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing. Hone science writing skills by preparing material for ASLO’s social media channels and the L&O Bulletin. Learn about the publishing and editorial process as issues of the L&O Bulletin are compiled and sent to press.

Timing and Stipend.The internship will begin in January 2020 at a stipend of $700 per week. The minimum duration of this internship is six months.

Travel Funds.The intern will be assisting with the organization of events for both the Ocean Sciences Meeting in San Diego (February 15-21) and the ASLO-SFS Joint Summer Meeting in Madison (June 6-12). The intern is expected to attend both conferences; travel expenses for both conferences will be provided by ASLO.

Application for the ASLO Science Communication Internship

Eligibility: This internship is available to current students or individuals who have received a graduate degree in the aquatic sciences within 2 years of application. Applicants from outside the US are eligible to apply but are responsible for obtaining the appropriate (J-1) visa to work in the U.S.

Applications:To apply for the ASLO Science Communication Internship, please submit the following via email to Dr. Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science. Applications must be received by midnight EST, September 15, 2019.

  1. Cover letter (2 pages maximum) stating your communication interests, career goals, and what you feel you can contribute to ASLO’s Communication programs.
  2. Short form resumeincluding your most relevant coursework.
  3. One letter of reference from an academic advisor or other mentor (sent directly by the reference to

Questions about the internship should be sent to Dr. Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science.

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