Internships

Interested in working at the Science Communications Lab? We’re always taking applications on a rolling basis. Read more about each position below. Questions? Email us at bticom@umn.edu.

Graphic Design Internship

Join the University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute’s (BTI) Science Communication Internship Program. Graphic Designers will work in a team environment on posters, infographics, and digital media explaining scientific concepts to a general audience. This on-campus position offers the opportunity to develop design skills while working with writers and fellow designers on various web and print projects including BTI’s Gateway Magazine.

Skills:

  • An eye for design and typography
  • Attention to detail, organization, and prioritization
  • The ability to work in a self-directed manner with feedback from supervisors and team members
  • Strong writing skills including spelling, punctuation, and grammar

 

Technical Skills:

  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite graphic design programs – Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign
  • Knowledge or interest in photography and photo editing techniques
  • Knowledge and experience with content creation and distribution across social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

 

Application:

Please submit a current resume and any available portfolio to bticom@umn.edu

Hours:

8-10 hours per week for 24 weeks during the academic year.  Pay is $13/hour. Interns will participate in a lab meeting on Fridays each week.

Writing Internship

Join the University of Minnesota BioTechnology Institute’s (BTI) Science Communication Internship Program. Writers will work in a team environment to develop stories highlighting University research across various scientific disciplines. Writers will also work with graphic design interns to develop infographics and other visual tools to explain scientific concepts to a general audience. This on-campus job intends to provide experience in the communications field and a portfolio of science-related articles.

First year interns are required to attend an extended Friday open studio each week. After completing two assignments, writers may choose a “low residency” option. This option offers the opportunity to write 1-2 articles each semester without working on site or participating in the group meetings and workshops.

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Interest in Science Communication
  • A background in the sciences, journalism, or strategic communication is preferred
  • The ability to work in a self-directed manner with feedback from supervisors and team members
  • Strong writing skills, including spelling, punctuation, and grammar
  • Attention to detail, organization, and time management
  • Comfort interacting with peers and faculty members
  • Familiarity with social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)

Application:

Please submit a current resume and three writing samples to bticom@umn.edu

Hours:

8-10 hours per week for 24 weeks during the academic year. Pay is $13/hour. Interns will participate in a lab meeting on Fridays each week.

Capstone Student

Students who have worked at SCL for more than one year will have the opportunity to become “capstone students”. This is for students who want more experience in their field with less of the first-year learning experience. Capstone students will not be required to attend Friday lab meetings.

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