ASLO Science Communication Internship

Appliactions Due 10 May 2017

ASLO is now accepting applications for the ASLO Science Communication Internship. Applications are being accepted for the fall of 2017 and spring of 2018 (details on timing below). The internship will provide exposure to the many forms of science communication over a 12-week period at the ASLO Communications Office just outside of Washington, D.C. This is a paid internship and carries a stipend of $6000. The internship is available to current or recent graduate students (terminal degree within 2 years) in the aquatic sciences. Selection criteria include demonstrated interest in one or more aspects of science communication, strong communications skills, and excellent academic record within the aquatic sciences. 

The successful applicant will work closely with ASLO Director of Communications and Science Adrienne Sponberg on a wide variety of communication projects in the areas of Policy, Education, and Public Outreach for a first hand look at how science is communicated to a variety of audiences. Each Science Communication Intern will complete a personal learning plan and will complete a signature project within their specific area of interest. The intern will have the opportunity to work on projects in:

  • Policy. Get a first-hand look at how policy is formulated in the U.S. during the Geosciences Congressional Visits Day and by attending hearings and topical briefings on Capitol Hill.
  • Education and Outreach. Contribute to aquatic science education and outreach by participating with ASLO’s committees, the COSEE Consortium and the Consortium of Aquatic Science Societies (CASS).
  • Scientific Writing and Publishing. Hone science writing skills by preparing material for ASLO’s social media channels and the L&O Bulletin. Learn about the publishing and editorial process as an issue of the L&O Bulletin is compiled and sent to press.


Travel Funds. The fall intern will be assisting with the organization of events for the 2018 Ocean Sciences Meeting (February 2018, Portland, OR). While the conference takes place after the conclusion of the internship, travel funds for the intern to attend will be available. The spring intern will attend the ASLO Meeting in Victoria, BC, Canada in June 2018.

Application for the ASLO Science Communication Internship

Eligibility: This internship is available to current students or individuals who have received a graduate degree in the aquatic sciences within 2 years of application. Applicants from outside the US are eligible to apply but are responsible for obtaining the appropriate (J-1) visa to work in the U.S.

Timing: The fall internship will begin in September and last 12 weeks. The spring internship will begin in February or March 2018 and last 12 weeks.

Applications: To apply for the ASLO Science Communication Internship, please submit the following via email to Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science, at Applications must be received by midnight EST, May 10, 2017.

  1. Cover letter (2 pages max) stating your communication interests, career goals, and what you feel you can contribute to ASLO’s Communication programs. In your letter, please indicate whether you are applying for the Fall and/or Spring internship.
  2. Resume including a list of relevant coursework.
  3. A letter of reference from an academic advisor or other mentor (sent directly by the reference to

Questions about the internship should be sent to Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science, at Read about the experiences of previous interns Kelsey Ellis and Emily Tyner in the Bulletin.


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