Science Communication Internship

Science Communication Internship

Hosted by the Greening Youth Partnership with support by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship program and the National Park Service.

Location: Fort Collins, Colorado

Position Type: Internship

Start Date: 05/16/2021

Pay Rate : $ 16.00 /Hour


The need for preserving all of our nation’s history has never been greater, we’re counting on you! HBCUI (Historically Black Colleges and Universities Internship) Program is a 6 month/part-time experience brought to you by Greening Youth Foundation in partnership with the U.S. National Park Service. As a part of HBCUI, students from schools around the country are putting their unique skills and talents to work in preserving the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s history and culture. Participants gain real world, on-the-job experience as they explore federal careers in the U.S. National Park Service.

Position Title Science Communication Intern

NPS Unit Name: Natural Resources Stewardship and Science Directorate

Position Dates: May 16- November 2021

Position Description

With funding from a National Park Foundation Innovation and Impact grant, we are creating multimedia content that showcases the trailblazing conservation work of contemporary National Park Service (NPS) women, increases the media representation of women working in conservation, and inspires young women interested in science. The video and data stories content will be featured on We want to help tell the stories of the trailblazing women that continue to shape NPS conservation in order to give a voice to underrepresented groups, celebrate the diversity of women, and redefine what a scientist looks like. The visual content we create will showcase how their work protects the environment and how their successes are taking down barriers for other women. Our project will also celebrate the 19th Amendment centennial and will drive web and social media traffic to centennial events and websites. Our project will create multimedia content that:

Showcases the trailblazing conservation work of contemporary NPS employees who are female/femme identifying. Conservation work includes any type of project that contributes to NPS conservation science (including cultural resource preservation, history, archeology, natural resources, etc.)

Helps tell their data stories by showcasing compelling analysis, graphs, maps, or visual science products they’ve created or worked on.

Increases the media representation of all female/femme identifying persons working in conservation.

Centers on and celebrates the diversity of work and contribution by contemporary women, trans women, and non-binary femme.

Inspires young female/femme identifying people interested in science. What are the final products? The multimedia website will include two types of content:

1) Three to six short Videos that follow different women/females/femmes working in NPS conservation. We will :

• Film a day in the life of their work.

• What they hope to achieve in conservation.

• The obstacles they have encountered along the way, and what has supported them to overcome those obstacles.

2) Ten to fourteen Data Stories where we will showcase compelling graphs, maps, or visual science products made by NPS women/females/femmes conservationists to elevate and highlight their important work.

• We will use ESRI storymaps to tell these data stories.

• Each story will include several visualizations of data from the trailblazing scientist.

• We aim to create 10-14 stories total. The final products will be featured on and will also be featured in a social media posts series on NPS Explore Nature social media channels like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. We have already received nominations for the multimedia content through a call we posted throughout the NPS community. We have since reviewed the nominations and selected a first round of scientists for the data story and video products. The intern will work with this group of women. If additional scientists are needed or desired, the intern can reach out to additional women through another call or community connections (with our support and help).

What the intern will be doing:

• Help create profile pages for each scientist

• Update internal and external pages Video

• Importing and logging video footage

• Interview string out (cut out questions and “um”)

• Final touches: color correction, audio transitions and levels, lower thirds Social Media

• Draft Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram Story posts using photos and video from shoots to promote video releases

• Develop posts in between premieres to sustain the energy of both the video and the data story series we are developing.

• Suggest and brainstorm ways to engage audience with the project.


Required: Passionate about highlighting the work trailblazing women contribute to science. Coursework or degree in either science or communications. We would be happy to have someone with a science background that wants to do more science communication or someone with a communications background with an interest in science. Willingness and drive to learn new skills and software Strengths include patience with IT problems that arise, independent problem solver, creative, enjoys working with people, open-minded, can-do attitude. Able to take feedback and apply it to future work. Desired but not required: Experience using Adobe Premiere (logging, editing, color correction) and a willingness to learn. Experience with social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter), posting, and tracking analytics. Experience with Adobe Illustrator or other graphic design programs (like Canva or Piktochart, etc.) to make data visualizations.

Additional qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled or recent graduate of an accredited HBCU institution
  • Must be between 16 and 35 years of age
  • Must be U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident or U.S. national
  • Must be able to pass a federal background check

Work Environment: Virtual

Vehicle/License Requirement: Other than standard proof of identity and American citizenship, no driver’s license is required for placement, although possession of a driver’s license is helpful.

Compensation and Benefits:       

  • Compensation is at a rate of $16 hr/ 10-15 hours a week
  • Qualify for federal non-compete hiring after meeting service requirements
  • Make a difference in your local community and beyond

Application Instructions: 

Interested students should apply directly to this position via the SERVE job portal at:

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