Communications/Education Intern

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Publish Date: 
Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Archive Date: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
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Gemini Observatory/AURA
United States of America
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Gemini Observatory is 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.

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

For full details and to apply online, please use the "Apply Online" link.

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.

Gemini Observatory operates two world-class, optical-infrared, 8m telescopes in Hawaii and in Chile. The Observatory is managed as a partnership between the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, Korea and Chile. Gemini is the leading large Observatory for time-domain astronomy, and strives to be the best observatory in the world for the execution of flexible, innovative, and efficient science programs. 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 under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws.

Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Selection Deadline: 
Sunday, June 30, 2019
Current Status of Position: 
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