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Summer 2020 APNEP Science Communication and Outreach Internship

The Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership is looking for a motivated undergraduate or graduate student to join us this upcoming summer as our Science Communication and Outreach Intern! The intern will work with APNEP staff to create and update communications and outreach content that will help us better communicate our organization's mission of protecting and restoring the Albemarle-Pamlico estuarine system to target audiences. The intern will also assist in implementation of a communications campaign focused on raising awareness of issues related to water quality, water quantity, and seagrass protection in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary.  This internship may involve writing original content based off scientific and technical information, webpage design, graphic design, and/or video production depending on the intern's strengths and interests.

Applications are being accepted now through January 13th. Please reach out to APNEP's Communications and Outreach Specialist, Kelsey Ellis, with any questions about the content of the internship. Questions about the application process should be directed to Internship Coordinator Candace Dudley.

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During the course of the internship, the intern will learn about environmental issues in the Albemarle-Pamlico estuary and utilize principles of science communication in creation of original content, potentially including blog posts, social media campaigns, press releases, brochures, newsletters, interactive online maps and tools, videos, webpages, and articles for external publication. In addition, the intern may assist with field work and/or regional outreach and education events throughout the summer.

As a result of the internship, the intern will develop an understanding of the principles of science communication and gain experience utilizing different types of media to create effective communications products for a target audience. They will also gain experience working with scientists, communications specialists, and natural resource managers to synthesize and effectively communicate technical information to a broad audience.

  • Academic Majors Desired: Communication Studies, Communications, Public Relations, Journalism, Advertising/Marketing, Environmental Studies/Science, Biology, Marine Science/Biology, English, Literature, Multimedia Studies, Strategic Communication, Graphic Design, or other similar majors.
  • Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
    • Strong writing and editing abilities, in particular the ability to translate scientific or technical information for non-technical audiences and the ability to tell a "story" about scientific or environmental issues.
    • Basic knowledge of or interest in environmental issues in North Carolina, particularly the state's coastal plain and estuary.
    • Experience with conducting interviews, creating or implementing communications campaigns/strategies, and with the principles of science communication would be helpful.
    • Videography, photography, graphic design, ArcGIS Online/GIS mapping, website design, and/or social media skills are also desired, although no applicant is expected to possess all these skills.
    • If the intern participates in field work, they would need to feel comfortable in the water. The intern would wear a PFD (Personal Flotation Device) at all times but the ability to swim is important for safety reasons. 

The intern will work primarily out of APNEP's Raleigh office but will also have the opportunity to travel within our program area in eastern North Carolina during the course of their internship. This internship is through the State of North Carolina's Internship Program and as such the intern will interact with other state government interns, participate in professional development opportunities, and learn about a career in state government.

  • Minimum Education and Experience Requirements:
    • An applicant must be a permanent North Carolina resident attending a college, university, law school, community college or technical institute in North Carolina or a North Carolina resident attending an equivalent institution out of state.
    • Applicants must carry a 2.5 or greater overall grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
    • Applicant must be at least 18 years old by January 1, 2020.
    • Community college students must have completed their first year completed before beginning the internship.
    • Applicants must be continuing their education in the fall following their participation in the program.
    • Students having previously held paid internships with this program are not eligible to apply.
    • Applicants must be willing and able to work full-time for the entire 10-week internship. Applicants must be able to provide legal proof of identity and work authorization within three working days of employment.

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