Communications/ Education Intern
Hilo, HI
Job Description

We are currently seeking Communications/Education Interns who are interested in gaining experience in science communications and/or STEM education related to modern astronomy, specifically in the area of Multi-Messenger and Time-Domain Astronomy (MMA and TDA respectively). The interns will work on a specific project or projects and mentor with Gemini staff in creating materials for K-12 education, public outreach and/or communications in MMA and TDA. There are a total of four, 6-month, full-time internships spread over 2 years with each intended to provide experiences that will enhance the successful candidate's future career in science education and/or communications, especially in a modern astronomical or related research environment.

The position is located at the Gemini North (GN) Observatory in Hilo, Hawaii.

The Gemini Observatory is managed by The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA), a consortium of 46 US institutions and four international affiliates that operates world-class astronomical observatories. AURA's role is to establish, nurture, and promote public observatories and facilities that advance innovative astronomical research. AURA is responsible for managing the operations of the Gemini Observatory, the National Optical Astronomical Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, the Space Telescope Science Institute, and the construction of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope.

Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with Public Information and Outreach (PIO) staff mentor(s) to successfully initiate and execute project(s) that support Gemini Observatoryʻs work in disseminating MMA and/or TDA to students, teachers, media and/or the public.
  • Develop and implement creative ideas, concepts and activities that promote the understanding of MMA and/or TDA to identified audiences.

Other Functions:

  • Create resource materials in MMA/TDA which provide educational or communications content for students, teachers, and/or the public.
  • Work with individual scientists to identify significant topics and findings in MMA/TDA for dissemination to an identified audience.
  • Interns will assist with the testing of materials in classrooms when appropriate.
  • Create a final report and/or presentation at the conclusion of internship to reflect your overall experience to present to staff and/or submit to supervisor.
  • Other relevant projects as assigned by supervisor.

Required Education/ Experience/ Skills/ Abilities:

  • Currently enrolled (or have completed within prior 2 years) in an accredited degree program, in areas such as:
    • Astronomy/Astrophysics
    • Science/Technology Journalism
    • Education (with focus on physical science discipline
  • Consideration (in lieu of above requirement) may be given to non-traditional students based upon relevancy to the goals of the internship, potential for career advancement, and likely impact on public understanding of science.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in written and oral communications
  • Interest in pursuing a career in science communications, education, or informal science education
  • Strong organizational skills

Preferred Education/ Experience/ Skills/ Abilities:

  • Proficient in MS Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) or equivalent
  • Innovative and ethical use of Social Media
  • Effective use of collaborative document development environments (preferably Google Docs)

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk and hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
  • The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must possess - sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  • Must possess - 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately.

All applicants must submit a cover letter with their CV that describes their interest in this position and their relevant experience. Please include a list of 3 professional references with contact information.

Preference will be given to qualified internal applicants.

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The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information.

Job Type Internship