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Spring 2024 Ocean Science Writing Internship

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History seeks a science writing intern interested in developing science communication skills in an active communications and public affair office. The intern will help create original content to be published on the Ocean Portal website (, and participate in other communication activities, including social media campaigns. 

Writing projects may include short, journalism style articles about interesting or newsworthy ocean science research with a focus on Smithsonian science. The intern would work with the Ocean Portal team to determine potential article topics and would be required to pitch stories. 

As part of the Communications and Public Affairs team, the intern will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain experience creating informative, scientific content that requires interviewing experts 
  • Learn about the editorial process and digital communications
  • Gain research organization skills through the collection of educational content that summarizes an extensive, multi-year research project 
  • Gain better understanding of audience

Basic Qualifications:

  • Some college schooling. Preferably college Junior, Senior, or a Graduate Student
  • Interest in science communication, education, and writing
  • Interest in ocean sciences (biology, paleontology, geology)
  • Self-motivated and able to work both independently and in teams
  • Experience with graphic design and video production is preferred, but not required 

This internship, which may be in person or virtual, will run from mid-January to mid-May, but the hours are flexible and negotiable. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on November 22.   The selected candidate will receive a stipend.

To apply, submit a resume, two writing samples, and a brief essay detailing your learning objectives and how an internship in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs would contribute to your academic or professional goals via the  Smithsonian’s online portal by November 22.   

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