Science Communication Internships


ISGP's "The Forum" is committed to making science and policy information accessible to broad audiences through diverse programming. Part of this commitment involves giving interested individuals opportunities to learn best practices in science communication. "The Forum" offers a limited number of 3-month internships for qualified individuals to gain hands-on experience in science writing, content design, and educational program development.

Aside from designated internship tasks, interns are encouraged to develop independent projects in the realm of science and policy communication. (Our educator resources and weekly meme series were both developed by interns!) Examples of skills practiced by past interns include:

  • Writing and co-hosting podcast episodes
  • Designing infographics
  • Producing educational videos
  • Planning virtual conferences
  • Developing educator resources
  • Listener recruitment and marketing
  • Social media development

How to Apply

Anyone interested in learning about science and developing skills in science communication is eligible for this program. Undergraduates and graduate students, in particular, are encouraged to apply. Internships can be completed concurrently with coursework and at any time of year, though summer is most common. While applicants having at least one year of undergraduate science background are preferred, exceptions will be made for outstanding candidates. 

Applicants should email Aubrey Paris ( with a current CV and cover letter explaining their interest in the internship program.

Hear from a Past Intern!

"This is no “one milk, two sugars” internship! My time with The Forum was one of the best academic opportunities I have experienced. My mentors made sure I always had interesting and educational tasks to work on (who doesn’t want to write their own podcast?), but I was also provided with the support and resources to pursue any and all ideas I had for my own projects. I can’t think of a better way to learn about real-world science communication!"

 ⁠— R.S., 2018 Summer Intern