NASA Science Journalism, Multimedia & Social Media Internships

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Location:  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD

Focus areas: Multimedia, Social Media, Science Writing, Radio/Audio Production

Winter/Spring Session:  16 weeks, January 2020 (interviews next week – apply now)

Summer Session: 10 weeks, Starting June 2020 (open)

Stipend: 11.2k undergrad, 14.4k grad – for 16 weeks

Eligibility: must be a current student, or no more than three months past graduation

NASA invites students working towards degrees in journalism, communications, media relations, science writing, convergence journalism, or broadcast journalism to participate in our science storytelling program. You’ll gain on-the-job experience as you work with a leading team of writers and multimedia producers to create and share content from NASA’s most exciting science missions: mind-bending results from the Hubble Space Telescope; new views of our surprisingly dynamic moon from the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter; stories of our changing planet from NASA’s remote sensing satellites, and breaking news from the surface of the Sun. Our internships are designed to give students broad exposure to many moving parts of our busy newsroom. Students wishing to explore the intersection between print, broadcast journalism and social media are encouraged to apply. 


Interns will collaborate on sophisticated communications campaigns as they create web features, newsletter articles, press conferences, videos, media interviews, social media posts, video streams, satellite media tours and video news releases.


Key attributes we look for in our interns: boundless curiosity, creative spirit, and a passion for sharing engaging stories with diverse audiences. Students with experience or an interest in science will find the internship particularly rewarding. Some of our most successful candidates have been scientists with flair for communications, or gifted communicators with special interest in science.


Duties:  Writing, editing, recording, pitching, designing, creating, crunching, captioning, surfing, shooting, snapping, streaming, tweeting, feeding, porting, posting, researching, updating, networking, watching, wrangling, texting, tracking, building, playing, mashing and exploring. Candidates interested in writing and social media should be familiar with AP Style. Video and multimedia candidates are expected to be familiar with the entire arc of video production.  

Candidates are encouraged to include a statement summarizing their goals for the internship, detail of relevant classes and work experience, and links to work samples. We want to know why this internship is a good fit for your career objectives.


How to Apply

The NASA Internship Office is using a new website and candidates are reporting some navigational challenges.  Here are a few tips to get candidates specifically interested in our science journalism, multimedia, and social media internships over the finish line. 


Step 1 →  Get Ready – gather your materials together. You’ll need a transcript, a plan to obtain a letter of recommendation and a resume.  Do this before you register.


Step 2 →  Register – – our Office of STEM Engagement’s new website can be more than a little tricky to navigate. You’ll need to set up a profile and register on the site before your can view or apply for our internship. The good news: once you’ve done this, you can apply for other positions with minimal additional effort. 

Pro tip on recommendation — for the letter of recommendation, the site requires you to submit the name/email of the person who will be writing the recommendation. The NASA site sends them the request, and they submit directly. I’d suggest notifying them before you register so they are ready. You can’t move forward on the application or even view the openings until one recommendation letter is received. 


Pro tip on resume — you may also upload a PDF of a resume or a resume + cover. It’s not required, but if you have the time, that’s very helpful for the reviewers. Get those ready ahead of time.  If you are targeting our internship, consider putting links to work samples or your portfolio site on the cover sheet.


Pro tip on links to work and include a personal statement — there are places in the application template to add detail about your work experience. Describe your relevant experience and if possible include links to work. We appreciate a student statement on why the internship would be a good fit for your career objectives. Consider one nice compact PDF with all of this information.


Step 3  → Search for internships 

You’ll find some slots on the application template for key words. This is intended to match you with good positions.  

Pro tip – The key words for our internship are “communications,” “journalism,” “multimedia,” “social media” and “fun.” That should get our positions to pop up.  


Step 4 →  Apply

Select our internship. There’s a little box and your application is sent to the reviewers like seeds to the wind. You can’t really customize anything after you fill out your profile so get all the good stuff in there while you are filling out the template.


Step 5  Interview 

The internship review team will be contacting applicants who seem to be best fits for the positions. We often take a variety of interns with different focus areas. We accept applications through March but will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.


Year Round Internships – our science communication internships are available year round.  Summer sessions start in early June and go for ten weeks. Consider our longer 16-week internships starting late August through December, and the Winter-Spring session starting in Jan through late April. Stipends are proportional.