Friday, June 6, 2014

FT Science Communications Intern at Princeton

Position Information
Requisition Number
Job Title
Science Communications Intern - Casual  
PPPL Communications - 397  
Position Summary
The Office of Communications of the U.S. Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory is looking to hire a full-time intern to assist the Laboratory's Communications team. Among many responsibilities, the office: produces content for and manages a dynamic website; publishes a weekly internal newsletter, a quarterly external newsletter, and a yearly research magazine; manages media relations; maintains an active social media presence; writes, shoots and produces videos; and manages the Laboratory's public tour program.

He or she will be expected to regularly contribute to the PPPL Weekly, PPPL's internal newsletter, as well as PPPL E-News, and the PPPL Website by reporting and writing stories about PPPL. These may include reports of PPPL programs, events, profiles of staff members, awards, etc.

He or she will assist at press events, as needed, including occasional weekend coverage of PPPL events, and will assist the Communications Team with special projects, such as videos.

In addition, the intern will assist with PPPL's tour program by helping to administer tours and assist with tour training and recruitment. This may include taking and following up on tour requests and keeping or assisting with the tour list and calendar, finding tour guides for scheduled tours, sending out information to visitors requesting tours, collecting visitor information for Site Protection, arranging and keeping track of tour giveaways, and hosting tours (after receiving the appropriate training).
Essential Qualifications
The successful candidate must LOVE science and be willing and able to translate advances in fusion and plasma science for the general public.

We are looking for a strong newswriter with excellent reporting skills and a demonstrated ability to write quickly and clearly. Background in science writing a plus but not necessary.
The person should be familiar with websites and website content management systems, social media software and video software such as Photoshop and Premiere Pro.

He or she should be a self-starter with the ability to both take direction as needed and work independently. The intern should be a team player who is friendly and outgoing and is comfortable interacting with the public.

The intern will ideally have some ability to take photos and video and will participate in social media outreach. Familiarity with Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Google Plus, Pinterest, Instagram, and social media tools such as TweetDeck and Hootsuite desirable.
Preferred Qualifications
Job Function Casual Hourly  
Grade TMP  
Full-time/Part-time Full Time  
Eligible for Overtime Yes  
Benefits Eligible No  
Union Code Not Applicable  
Education Required High School or Equivalent   
Application Deadline Open Until Filled or See Position Summary.
Instructions for Applying
Complete the online application and click "Apply to this Posting" at the top of the posting details page.   
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