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Science writing interns work with the Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center to bring scientific and technical information to non-scientists and decision-makers. Interns learn interviewing, reporting, researching, and writing skills.Due to the nature of the work performed in these positions, interns will need access to a vehicle for travel to and from the Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center office in Gloucester Point, VA. Virginia Sea Grant offers two types of science writing opporutunities for students.

Summer Science Writing Internship

  • To apply, follow the instructons here:http://bit.ly/vasg-writing-intern.
  • The intern will report and write about VASG researchers, students, and staff for our website. Interns work from Virginia Sea Grant headquarters at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science over a 12 week period.
  • The intern will learn reporting, interviewing, and writing skills, focusing on marine science topics.
  • Any student, regardless of citizenship, who is enrolled in an undergraduate program in communication, journalism, science writing, basic science, or other related field at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S., is eligible for the internship.
  • $3,000 stipend.
  • Official Internship Announcement will be released early December.
  • Applications will be due mid-February.

Virginia Sea Grant Correspondents

  • To apply, send a resume and two short (< 500 word) writing samples to the Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center (vsgpubs@vims.edu).
  • Correspondents help cover Virginia Sea Grant-sponsored events, research, and staff throughout the academic year.
  • Course credit and travel reimursements may be offered.

What do Communication Interns do?


DJ Haskin. ©VASG

Intern Conducts Analysis to Redesign Social Media Strategy for VASG

DJ Haskin, a former Virginia Sea Grant (VASG) office aide, is taking on new responsibilities this summer as VASG’s communications research intern.

Joy Stayley. ©VASg

Spring Interns Cover VASG Events Through Writing, Photography

This spring, Virginia Sea Grant had three undergraduate communication interns who helped cover events and projects.

VASG Reaches Out for Potential CSF Leaders in Williamsburg

VASG Reaches Out for Potential CSF Leaders in Williamsburg

To help launch a CSF, Virginia Sea Grant is inviting anyone interested to submit a Statement of Interest by January 10, 2013. (You can find the Instructions and form here: http://bit.ly/vasg-csf-lead )

Seagrass Research: Notes From The Field

Seagrass Research: Notes From The Field

VASG-funded seagrass researchers on the Eastern Shore are studying the effects of climate change on submerged aquatic vegetation.

Eric Olson ©Stephanie Chavez/VASG

Summer 2013 Science Communication Interns

The Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center is pleased to welcome two Virginia students for summer Science Communication Internships.

A photo by intern Kathryn Greves taken during a tour of NOAA's vessel Okeanos Explorer. ©Kathryn Greves/VASG

Communication Interns Look, Listen, and Learn

The Virginia Sea Grant Communication Center was lucky to have a full house for the summer of 2012. We had three great interns helping us with everything from photography and design to communications research. Brandon Durant joined us from the George Mason University Communications Department to conduct focus groups and interviews to help us understand […]

Brandon Durant ©Kathryn Greves/VASG

Researching the Information Needs of Coastal Virginians

Brandon Durant is applying his experience and education in science communication to conduct focus groups and interviews that will inform Virginia Sea Grant’s strategic communication strategy.

Keya Jackson. ©Kathryn Greves/VASG

Designing a Virginia Sea Grant Brand

As a Virginia Sea Grant Communications Intern, Keya Jackson tried her hand at layout and design, led a focus group to gather communications research data, and conducted the research necessary to inform a future redesign of the Virginia Marine Resource Bulletin.

Terrapin Files

Terrapin Files

Diamondback terrapins face a variety of threats—from coastal development to crab fishing. A team of VASG-funded researchers are mapping terrapin habitat and threats to aid in the development of effective management strategies.

Graduate students Malee Jinuntuya, Billur Celebi and Meredith McPherson prepare to count submerged seagrass abundance. ©Carly Rose/VASG

Light Beneath the Surface: Requirements for Seagrass Growth

Old Dominion University professor Dick Zimmerman and his lab are developing a new model to predict where seagrass can grow in the Bay. This article features the work of communications intern Kate Schimel and photography intern Carly Rose.

Kate Schimel ©Carly Rose/VASG

Actions Speak Louder than Words for 2011 Communication Intern

For Kate Schimel tagging along on research vessels to interview VASG-funded scientists were her favorite parts of the summer. Schimel, who studies biology at Reed College in Portland, Oregon, joined VASG as our 2011 Summer Science Communications Intern.

Intern Produces Videos on VASG Impacts

Intern Produces Videos on VASG Impacts

2010 communication intern Gabriella March created three videos about the impacts of VASG projects:

2010 Summer Interns

2010 Summer Interns

This summer, Virginia Sea Grant welcomed one communications intern, Gabriella March, and two policy interns, Jennifer Reichle and Jessica Eckerlin.

Communication Internship Offers a New Lens on Oysters

Communication Internship Offers a New Lens on Oysters

In the summer of 2009, Jackie Enterline became Virginia Sea Grant’s first Science Communications Intern. During her eight week internship, she trailblazed a form of media with which we had little experience—online video.