Communication Internship Opportunity

The Ocean Tipping Points project seeks a science communication and social media intern for Spring Quarter 2014.

Join an exciting, multidisciplinary team engaged in

  • advancing the science of ocean tipping points,
  • working with ocean managers to co-develop tools for anticipating, responding to, or recovering from ecosystem shifts,
  • and communicating these advances broadly.

Requirements: Must be current UCSB undergraduate or graduate student. Preference given to students pursuing a degree in communication, journalism, or a related field, and/or students with an interest and participation in science communication, research, or education. Applicants planning to receive course credit for this internship should provide information regarding requirements with their application.

Time commitment: 8-10 hours per week, April – June 2014

Location: National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), downtown Santa Barbara

Applications due: April 4, 2014. Please send your resume and a cover letter highlighting your qualifications to with the subject header “Communications Intern.”

Specific duties may include:

  • Provide support for website revision being undertaken by outside firm
  • Review, edit, and manage web content
  • Assist in drafting blog posts and other materials
  • Help build a stockpile of content (text, photos, graphics, etc.)
  • Help develop content for online searchable database of thresholds-based management case studies
  • Research and contact possible practitioners to feature in blogs, newsletters, and other communication
  • Assist in crafting social media updates for OTP social media accounts
  • Help provide communications and customer service for our users on social media
  • Assist in identifying new social media opportunities for OTP
  • Track communication impact with Google Analytics and other tools
  • Follow tipping points stories in popular, scientific, and social media, flagging stories that we should be connecting with our work
  • Graphic design: create infographics, assist with layout of print documents, etc.
  • Proofread various communications materials
  • Help prepare presentations for use in outreach to particular audiences, which could include stakeholders, scientists, managers, or policymakers
Photo credit: Peter Southwood, Wikimedia Commons