Social Media Communications Intern, UW Biodiversity Institute

Laramie, WY

Position: Social Media Communications Intern

Organization: UW Biodiversity Institute

The mission of the Biodiversity Institute is to foster the understanding, appreciation and conservation of biological diversity through innovative research, education, and outreach, and by engaging a broad audience in the scientific process.

The Biodiversity Institute works with scientists, resource managers, educators, and the public to further the understanding and conservation of biodiversity. We seek to provide a unique service to Wyoming and beyond by facilitating collaborative research projects, disseminating research, distributing grants, and providing educational, outreach, and citizen science programs for scientists, students and the public.

The UW Biodiversity Institute is offering a social media and communications internship. This is a great opportunity for a self-motivated student with a passion for communicating science to non-scientists. The successful candidate will gain hands-on experience in science communication.
Depending on current Biodiversity Institute needs and applicant’s skills, responsibilities may include:
  • Developing, writing, and editing content for web, social, and print media;
  • Co-managing a weekly, monthly, and long-term communications calendar with other Institute personnel;
  • Tracking media and social media coverage related to the Institute and partners;
  • Tracking, analyzing, and reporting on social media and other Institute communication efforts and contributing to strategic planning associated with communications;
  • Preparing content for newsletters or other mailings;
  • Assisting with general communications office functions as assigned;
  • Training in specific science communication techniques and practices, as appropriate.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Education:  Degree in progress in Communications and Journalism, AG Communications, Biodiversity, or Humanities with experience or coursework in sciences, or intern experience in a communications role.
  • Experience:  Experience with common social media platforms in personal and professional applications, computer literacy including email systems, collaborative cloud systems (e.g. Google Docs, One Drive, Box/Drobox) and visual communication programs (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite or open-source graphic design systems).  Other requirements:  Ability to work independently and in team environments; capacity to work remotely; strong time management and project organizational skills.
Desired Qualifications
  • Prior internship or professional experience in communications.
  • Strong desire to gain content management and science communications skills in a professional setting.
Required Materials
Complete the online application and upload the following for a complete application: cover letter, resume or C.V., contact information for four work-related references, and science communication samples: two samples of work you have done, in any media, that demonstrate your abilities and interests relevant to this position.