Call for Applications: 2018 ASLO Science Communication Internship

ASLO is now accepting applications for the ASLO Science Communication Internship. Applications are being accepted for the Fall of 2018 (details on timing and stipend below). The internship is based in the ASLO Communications Office, just outside of Washington, D.C. and will provide exposure to the many forms of science communication. 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. Interns will also assist with formulation and coordination of professional development programs for ASLO members in science communication and collaboration. Through this experience, the intern will gain valuable insights into the operation of non-profit associations, as well project management skills. Read about the experiences of previous ASLO interns at .

The Fall 2018 intern will have the opportunity to work on projects in a variety of areas, including:

  • 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.

Timing and Stipend. The internship will begin in September or October 2018. We are accepting applications for both a 12-week internship and a 24-week internship. The stipend is $6,000 for the 12-week period; $12,000 for the 24-week period. Be sure to state in your application which (either or both) of the timeframes you are applying for.

Travel Funds. The intern will be assisting with the organization of events for the 2019 Aquatic Sciences Meeting to be held February 24 - Mar 1, 2019 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. While the conference takes place after the conclusion of the 12-week internship, travel funds for the intern to attend the conference will be available.

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.

Applications: To apply for the ASLO Science Communication Internship, please submit the following via email to Dr. Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science. Applications must be received by 11:59 pm EST, May 25, 2018.

  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, indicate whether you are interested in the 12 week or 24 week internship or both.
  2. Short form resume including your most relevant coursework.
  3. One 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.



The Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography is an international aquatic science society that was founded in 1948. For more than 60 years, it has been the leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science. The purpose of ASLO is to foster a diverse, international scientific community that creates, integrates and communicates knowledge across the full spectrum of aquatic sciences, advances public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research, and promotes scientific stewardship of aquatic resources for the public interest. Its products and activities are directed toward these ends. With more than 3,500 members worldwide, the society has earned an outstanding reputation and is best known for its journals, interdisciplinary meetings, and special symposia. For more information about ASLO, please visit our website at


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