Title: Media Relations Intern – Fall
Position Type: Two Paid Internships (3 months duration, September - December)
Location: Washington, DC
What we do and offer our team
AGU is a global community of 130,000 Earth and space scientists, advocates and experts. As the Media Relations Science Writing Intern, you will be part of a dynamic association that publishes peer-reviewed journals and scientific books and convenes the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. Through our initiatives, such as mentoring, professional development and awards, AGU upholds and fosters an inclusive and diverse scientific community.
AGU offers our employees great benefits, including flexible work schedules, retirement savings options, as well as health, dental, life and disability insurance. AGU also provides exciting opportunities for professional development and tuition support.
What the Media Relations Science Writing Intern does
The Media Relations Science Writing Intern works with other members of AGU’s media relations team to identify newsworthy Earth and space science research papers published in AGU journals. The intern disseminates these new findings to the press and public by writing press releases, research spotlights and social media content.
This work ensures AGU is perceived as a reliable, authoritative and valuable source of high-quality Earth and space science information and increases awareness and appreciation of the Earth and space sciences and their implications for society and the environment. By finding and publicizing the most newsworthy scientific papers coming out in AGU journals, the intern will gain real-world experience working as a media relations officer at a major scientific organization.
The media relations science writing intern will have opportunities to:
• Learn how to identify newsworthy papers published in scientific journals.
• Gain experience interviewing researchers and independent experts about scientific research.
• Become skilled at writing succinct, accurate and compelling press releases and blog posts about scientific papers under tight deadlines.
• Work with AGU publications staff and Public Information Officers at various institutions to coordinate publicity of AGU research.
• Use and explore social media and multimedia to promote scientific research.
What the Media Relations Science Writing Intern brings to the team
• A Bachelor's degree in physical or life sciences or journalism, and/or current student or graduate of a science journalism program.
• Experience writing official science press releases issued by a media relations office and/or stories about scientific research that were published in news media outlets.
• It’s a plus, but not a requirement, to have experience with video and other multimedia, and with social media, and to have interest and/or experience in helping scientists improve their communication skills.
For consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume and 3 clips to
The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
Here are some of the values that guide AGU staff (see more at http://jobs.agu.org):
We believe in accountability and ownership of work, by taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.
We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.
Our teams believe that with teamwork together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.
AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package.
AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.