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Public Affairs Internship



Title: Public Affairs Intern
Position Type: Paid Full-time Internship (two available 3-month assignments - target start dates 13 January and 16 March 2020)
Location: Washington, DC

What we do and offer our team

We are home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries. As the Public Affairs Intern, you will be part of a dynamic association for 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’s Workplace Values
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.

What the Public Affairs Intern does

Gain firsthand, practical experience advancing Earth and space science policy with an exciting, dynamic team. Public Affairs is an essential part of AGU operations, strategically communicating Earth and space science research to policymakers, the public, and other key stakeholders. Help U.S. Federal agencies, Congress, our 60,000+ AGU members across the globe, and others by working with us to promote science through policy. Interns should possess a passion for Earth and space sciences consistent with the goals of AGU and demonstrate a strong interest in science policy.

The intern will focus on attending congressional hearings and briefings and writing summaries for the Public Affairs team and AGU members, running the Public Affairs social media presence (to include Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc.), writing blog posts for The Bridge, and helping the team with major initiatives like Voices for Science, AGU’s 2020 Election Strategy, and Congressional briefings in Washington, D.C.

What the Public Affairs Intern brings to the team

* At least two years of coursework towards a bachelor’s degree in Earth or space sciences and a willingness to relocate to the Washington D.C. area for the internship at your own expense are required.
* A Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. in Earth or space science is a plus.
* Ability to prioritize assignments, use standard procedures and processes to make decisions, apply effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication methods, operate standard office equipment, and work independently on various projects and/or with limited supervision is needed.
* It’s a plus to have experience with social media, science policy, and science communication, but not necessary.

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume 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.

AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

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