Internship Positions Available
PA Sea Grant Seeks Candidates for Two Paid Internship Positions for Undergraduate Students
Pennsylvania Sea Grant is excited to announce the availability of two paid internships for undergraduate students seeking a valuable summer experience. These positions are for undergraduate students seeking to build on their field of study through hands-on, project-oriented work in the areas of communications, outreach, and education. The purpose of the internships is to contribute to a diverse ocean/Great Lakes workforce that understands technical and social challenges facing coastal communities and the natural environment, and prepare undergraduate students for graduate school and careers in marine/Great Lakes/watershed science, policy, management, and outreach.
Successful candidates will be paid $15 per hour and be expected to work up to 40 hours per week for 10 weeks, from June through August. Due to state and federal COVID-19 restrictions and protocols, interns must be able to work remotely and independently as in-person meetings and opportunities are yet to be determined. Full details and application information are available online.
Internship Opportunity #1 - Aquatic Invasive Species Outreach
Aquatic invasive species (AIS) have a significant impact on the ecology and economy of Pennsylvania. Educating partners, stakeholders, and water users about AIS and ways to prevent their introduction and spread has been a key issue of focus for Pennsylvania Sea Grant for over twenty years. One successful intern will assist Pennsylvania Sea Grant with its AIS outreach efforts by updating and revising AIS outreach materials and resources, such as the Pennsylvania AIS Field Guide, and work with staff to identify opportunities for public or virtual presentations to key audiences in order to advance education and outreach efforts.
Specifically, the intern may
• assist in reviewing the content of the 2015 Pennsylvania AIS Field Guide in order to identify outdated information and to develop profiles for new invasive species introductions or threats to the state of Pennsylvania,
• help identify opportunities (specific groups, established events, virtual meetings) and give AIS prevention presentations,
• assist in the development of control and monitoring plans, and rapid response planning for specific species, such as the round goby,
• other AIS-focused projects as needed.
These activities will involve regular communication with Pennsylvania Sea Grant staff, relevant stakeholders, state agencies, non-governmental organizations, and others.
Qualifications: The intern should have strong writing, data reporting, and organizational skills. The ability to work independently, communicate effectively to individuals and larger groups and to accurately synthesize and deliver information is preferred. (Virtual) communication and engagement with various Pennsylvania stakeholders is expected. Interest in AIS prevention is preferred but not required. Apply Today!
Internship Opportunity #2 - Communications Intern
Pennsylvania Sea Grant seeks a communications intern who is passionate about science and eager to utilize their communications skills to ‘make sense of science’ for key audiences by assisting in the creation of written content, graphic and visual tools, video production, and other communications related resources. This internship will build-upon learned communications skills and techniques and enhance understanding of ocean, coastal, watershed, and ecosystem-related topics. Interest and coursework in science communications, storytelling, reporting, interviewing, writing, photography, and video production are preferred.
The communications intern will work with the Pennsylvania communications lead to develop written content and video and audio stories for online, social, electronic, and other audiences. Specifically, intern may work with communications lead to identify story topics, candidates for interviews, develop story outline, write content, conduct interviews, produce and edit video and audio stories, and also assist in the development of creative and strategic promotional plans for all content.
In addition to working with the communications lead, intern may also work on occasion with Pennsylvania Sea Grant outreach and research staff, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes Sea Grant communicators, and other communicators and partners as appropriate.
Due to current virtual requirements, it is important that the communications intern be able to work independently, be comfortable in taking initiative yet understanding of internal checks and process, and possess strong interpersonal, written, and electronic communications skills.
Please review our website and social media platforms before applying and include your skill set, experience, and area of interest in your cover letter. http://seagrant.psu.edu
Qualifications: The intern should have strong writing and organizational skills. The ability to work independently, communicate effectively to individuals and larger groups and to accurately synthesize and deliver information is preferred. (Virtual) communication and engagement with various Pennsylvania stakeholders is expected. Apply Today!