Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Paid Media Internship with the Union of Concerned Sciences

Baker Media Internship
One Year Paid Internship
Union of Concerned Scientists
Washington, DC Office

The Position
The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is an independent national nonprofit whose scientists and engineers work to solve some of our planet’s most pressing environmental and safety problems. UCS combines technical analysis and effective organizing and advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions.

Are you interested in a career in media relations and issue advocacy? The changing media landscape presents many opportunities to communicate about science, the environment and policy. The Union of Concerned Scientists is looking for a motivated student or recent graduate for UCS’s “Baker Internship” in media relations. This opportunity will provide participants with media experience working on exciting communication strategies at a leading national advocacy organization. The Baker intern will have an opportunity to work with UCS programs focused on addressing global warming, expanding clean energy, cleaning up the U.S. vehicle fleet, reforming the agricultural system, reducing nuclear weapons threats, and ensuring science is properly used in government decision making. 

The Baker Media Internship is funded through the generous bequest of the late C. Edwin (Ed) Baker, one of the country's foremost authorities on free speech, the First Amendment, and mass media policy. The internship is designed to help further his interest in elevating science and policy issues through the media. 

The Baker Internship is for college students and recent graduates from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and or environmental advocacy. 

Pitching editors and reporters 
Monitoring science and policy news coverage
Drafting press releases and pitch memos 
Scheduling television appearances and radio interviews
Building and maintaining a variety of media contact lists, including news outlets of color
Helping develop media strategies for our issue areas, including racial equity work
Assisting with event publicity, media training, and public relations logistics
Providing media team with operational support
Researching various topic to support media activities

Qualifications and experience
Candidates should be able to demonstrate excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, strong oral and written communication skills, and proficiency with computers. Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite including Word, Excel and Outlook. Also needed are excellent interpersonal relations skills, as well as an ability to work both independently and in teams. Interest in science, the environment, or media issues strongly preferred. Experience or interest in working with African American and Latino communities is a plus.

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