Eos News Writing and Production Intern
Title: Eos News Writing and Production Intern
Position Type: Paid Full-time Internship (one year assignment)
Location: Washington, DC
What AGU does and offers our team
AGU is home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries. As the Eos News Writing and Production Intern, you will be part of a dynamic association of Earth and space scientists who advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impact of science to society. AGU offers our members exciting opportunities through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange knowledge.
What the Eos News Writing and Production Intern does
Eos.org is AGU’s online news publication offering daily postings about discoveries in the Earth and space sciences. The site also covers new developments in policy, education, business, engineering, and other fields associated with scientific study of the Earth, the solar system, and exoplanets. More than 45,000 readers visit Eos.org monthly. Selected articles from the Eos.org site appear monthly in AGU’s award-winning print magazine Eos.
The Eos News Writing and Production Intern will work with Eos’s news and production teams to help Eos increase our news-writing and production capabilities and to enable our Eos.org site and its associated magazine to publish additional engaging and newsworthy articles. This work supports AGU's Science and Society and Organizational Excellence goals and objectives.
This is an opportunity to learn about a digital news environment by working with seasoned journalists, editors, and production professionals. The intern will gain newsroom experience in reporting and writing stories, finding photos or other illustrations, meeting deadlines, being edited, optimizing articles for search-engine discovery, and using/tracking social media. The intern will also develop skills needed in the production side of online and print publication.
The Eos News Writing and Production Intern will research and write news stories on science and policy developments related to climate change, hazards and disasters, natural resources, and other geoscience and space science fields. He or she will gain experience with standard publishing processes and the programs used in them, as well as develop a comprehensive understanding of various tasks and functions involved in publishing and of how publishing contributes to an organization's mission. Finally, the intern will come away from the Eos experience with a portfolio of published articles, or "clips," to use to secure additional internships or permanent jobs in journalism, media relations, online/print magazine production, or other, related fields.
The Eos News Writing and Production Intern will have opportunities to
* Monitor scientific and science policy developments in the Earth and space sciences by scanning journal papers and press releases from scientific organizations, cultivating sources, attending briefings, and skimming other media coverage. Use that awareness to come up with story ideas and pitch them regularly to Eos.org editors.
* Report and write, on deadline, engaging and accurate spot science news stories (usually 350-700 words); submit them for editing with suitable, high-quality, high-resolution photos or other illustrations and with other journalistic and formatting components provided (such as teasers, subheads, and brief, pertinent captions/credits), and respond quickly and comprehensively to edits of all stories until published. Stories may originate as assignments from Eos.org editors or as pitches from the intern to Eos.org editors.
* Report and write, on deadline, occasional longer news/news feature stories (up to 1200 words), including Q&A interviews (for news or AGU News sections of Eos.org), and fulfill the same requirements as stated above with regard to illustrations, editing, and journalistic and formatting components. These stories, as well, may originate as assignments from Eos.org editors or as pitches from the intern to Eos.org editors.
* Write one Research Spotlight piece each week and occasional Milestones columns about Earth and space scientists’ honors, awards, and other professional milestones.
* Create Eos.org posts as assigned.
* Prepare copy from Eos.org for print production.
* Assist in preparing Eos print magazine galleys and making corrections to magazine files; review proofs and participate in various production and art selection meetings.
* Perform general editorial production duties as part of the publication process.
* Fill out internship assessment questionnaire.
What the Eos News Writing and Production Intern brings to the team
* Experience writing stories about scientific research that were published in news media outlets and/or science press releases issued by a press office or public information office.
* Experience/training in social media, video, or other multimedia is a plus.
* Excellent attention to detail, highly organized, and able to thrive in a deadline-driven, team environment.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel; previous experience with Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, and/or Wordpress is a plus but not a requirement.
* Bachelor's degree in physical or life sciences and current student or graduate of a science journalism program.
Who the Eos News Writing and Production Intern works with
* Must be able to work collaboratively with others to achieve shared goals and outcomes that contribute to the mission, vision and strategic plan of AGU.
For consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume and 3 clips to
The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.
AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package.
Here are some of the values that guide AGU staff (see more at http://jobs.agu.org):
We believe in accountability and ownership of work, by taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.
We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.
Our teams believe that with teamwork, together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.
AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.