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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 is Eos? is the online news publication of the American Geophysical Union (AGU), the world’s largest organization of Earth and space scientists. publishes articles daily 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. receives, on average, more than 150,000 page views monthly. Selected articles from appear monthly in AGU’s award-winning print magazine, Eos.

What the Eos News Writing and Production Intern does

The Eos News Writing and Production Intern works with Eos’s news and production teams to help Eos increase our news-writing and production capabilities and to enable our 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 internship is an opportunity to learn about a digital news environment by working with seasoned journalists, editors, and production professionals. The intern gains newsroom experience in reporting and writing stories, finding photos or other graphics, meeting deadlines, being edited, optimizing articles for search-engine discovery, and using/tracking social media. The intern also develops skills needed for production of online and print publications.

The Eos News Writing and Production Intern researches and writes 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 gains experience with standard publishing processes and the programs used in them as well as develops a comprehensive understanding of various tasks and functions involved in publishing and of how publishing contributes to an organization’s mission. Finally, the intern comes 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 related fields.

The Eos News Writing and Production Intern has 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 editors.
* Report and write, on deadline, engaging and accurate spot science news stories (usually 600-800 words); submit them for editing with suitable, high-quality, high-resolution photos or illustrations and with other journalistic and formatting components (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 editors or as pitches from the intern to editors.
* Report and write, on deadline, occasional longer news/news feature stories (up to 2,500 words), including Q&A interviews (for news or AGU News sections of, and fulfill the same requirements as stated above with regard to illustrations, editing, and journalistic and formatting components. These stories also may originate as assignments from editors or as pitches from the intern to editors.
* Write occasional Milestones columns about Earth and space scientists’ honors, awards, and other professional milestones. Interns may be asked also to write up to one Research Spotlight piece per week if needed.
* Create and lay out posts as assigned. Ensure QC of content, images and multimedia, hyperlinks, and metadata for these posts.
* Prepare copy from 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.
* Excellent attention to detail, organization, and ability 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.
* Experience/training in social media, video, or other multimedia is a plus.
* 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.

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your cover letter, resume, and up to three samples ("clips") of your news writing that you consider among your best work to

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

About AGU:
AGU is 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. 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

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.

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