Science Communications Student Internship
(15 hours/week, 16 weeks: September – December, 2020)

Location: Remote – Must operate in Pacific US Time Zone hours
Application Deadline: 14 August 2020

Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) is a U.S. non-profit private operating foundation ( established in March 2009 to advance the frontiers of global marine research by providing state of the art operational, technological, and informational support to the pioneering ocean science and technology development project at sea and catalyze open sharing of information about the oceans. We bring together science and state-of-the-art technology to achieve lasting results in ocean research, catalyze open sharing of information, and to communicate the resulting knowledge to audiences around the world.

Internship Summary:
The Science Communications Internship aims to provide educational and practical support to graduate students studying marine science, communications, journalism or related fields. Interns will work with our Communications Team supporting outreach programs, with the goal of engaging, influencing, and generating public support for a healthy ocean through advanced scientific research, technology innovation, and open sharing of information. The intern will assist with a variety of strategic communications tasks and initiatives, contributing content to Schmidt Ocean Institute’s digital channels and interactive programs. This is a paid internship position. The timeframe for internship is Sept-Dec 2020, with possible renewal for spring and summer 2021.

Participants selected to support the Science Communications Internship will assist, develop and support the following:

  • Assist with the development and upkeep of research cruise web pages, blogs, and archives, as well as real time and interactive content on the organization’s web site
  • Assist with outreach activities and messaging for Schmidt Ocean Institute and research vessel Falkor with staff and multimedia correspondents
  • Assist with visual content editing, organization, labeling and storage
  • Assist with various communications projects, school and community outreach activities
  • Assist with social media posts via Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter


  • Must currently be enrolled as a Graduate Student, majoring in marine science, communications, journalism or related fields
  • Must be able to commit to 15 hours of work a week
  • Previous experience and/or coursework in marine science, communications, journalism, or related fields
  • Interest in oceanography, technology, and ocean exploration
  • Ability to learn new software
  • Fluent in spoken and written English
  • Must be eligible to work in the United States
  • Applicant must be at least 18 years of age

Preferred Skills: 

  • Demonstrated writing capabilities
  • Knowledge and experience with Adobe Creative Suite applications
  • Knowledge and experience with Google Apps / G Suite
  • Knowledge and experience with WordPress, or web design
  • Time management skills
  • The ability to work with a team, as well as alone (sometimes with minimal guidance)


  1. All intern applications should complete the online application here
  2. Applicants will need to submit a current CV/resume and current unofficial transcript to
  3. Any application related queries should be sent to Lisa Pereira, Events & Marketing Manager,