Social Media Communications Internship, UW Biodiversity Institute

Laramie, WY

Position Title: Social Media Communications Internship

Organization: University of Wyoming Biodiversity Institute

Location: Laramie, WY, remote when possible

Position Summary: 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 Through this internship, the successful candidate will gain hands-on experience in science communication.

Organization Overview: The UW Biodiversity Institute is operated by a team of experienced science communications and public engagement faculty and staff with experience in writing, editing, design, photography, video, social media and media relations, in addition to domain specialties such as citizen science, K-12 science education, art-science integration, public engagement programs, and research in biodiversity, science communication, and more. The Social Media Communications Intern will join this team alongside an active crew of interns already working in visual communication (e.g., graphic design, science illustration) and student volunteers active in numerous UW Biodiversity Institute programs.

Duties: 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 communications 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.

The intern will be jointly supervised by Bethann Garramon Merkle, who manages the impact assessment efforts, and Abbey Morales, the Communications and Marketing Specialist. The intern will also work with the rest of the Institute team.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have prior internship or professional experience in communications as well as a strong desire to gain content management and science communications skills in a professional setting.

  • Computer literacy and a firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space
  • Excellent writing, editing, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong skills in visual communication (e.g., photography, graphic design, video, and/or )
  • Strong skills and/or potential for growth with social media planning, content management, and impact assessment
  • Awareness of and commitment to best practices in science communication including accessibility, inclusive communications, and public engagement and/or interest in becoming skilled in this area
  • Current enrollment in a field related to science communication (e.g., Communications, English, Biology, etc.)
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize and meet deadlines
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with work colleagues, researchers and community contacts

Time: 20/week, with a flexible schedule and weekly meetings, 3 months with possibility to extend

Salary: $12.50 (undergrad), $15/hr (master’s), or $17.50/hr (doctoral student)

Application Deadline: Open until filled, review start September 3

How to Apply: Submit application to Bethann Garramon Merkle at bmerkle@uwyo.edu. Application should include:

  • Cover letter (max 2 pages) explaining a) your interest in the internship and how it relates to your career goals; b) aspects of the internship you would particularly like to pursue.
  • Resume/CV (1-3 pages welcomed) emphasizing: a) communication-related experience, including training; b) science background (incl. education, volunteer and outreach experience); c) other experience relevant to sharing/translating science.
  • Science communication samples: two samples of work you have done, in any media, published or not, that demonstrate your abilities and interests relevant to this position. If the samples are not science-related, please provide a brief description (<100 words) helping us make the connection. Please provide screen shots as well as links, if the material exists only online.
  • Contact information for two references: reference letters are not required.