Astronomy Education/Communication Intern 
Essential Functions: 
  • Work closely with Company staff mentor(s) to successfully initiate and execute project(s) that support Company’s work in disseminating MMA and/or TDA creative ideas, concepts and activities to students, teachers, media and/or the public in the form of text, images, videos and audio which provide educational or communications content.
  • Work with individual scientists to identify significant topics and findings in MMA/TDA for dissemination to an identified audience.
  • Assist with the testing of materials in classrooms (virtual) when appropriate.
  • Create a final 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 or developed in conjunction with supervisor.
Required Education/Experience/Skills/Abilities: 
  • Studying toward or have recently completed a university degree in astronomy, science communication, Education (with focus on physical science discipline) or science journalism 
  • You should have some previous experience in written science communication or journalism in English and, in particular, communicating astronomy or other physical sciences to the public. 
  • You should also have a knowledge of astronomy that allows you to understand scientific papers and translate scientific research into simple, understandable concepts, as well as write about science in an engaging and accurate manner for general audiences;
  • You must be fluent in English, both written and spoken.
  • Interest in pursuing a career in science communications, education, or informal science education
  • Strong organizational skills
  • You should be able to provide clear, concise, and timely written and oral communications;
  • Work under time constraints and deliver to agreed deadlines and standards;
  • Work both on your own initiative and as part of a remote team;
  • Build good collaborative working relationships with people from different cultural backgrounds and disciplines.
  • 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.
Desired Education/ Experience/ Skills/ Abilities: 
  • Proficient in Google Workspace (Docs, Sheet, Slides) or equivalent collaborative document development environments
Physical Demands: 
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 
  • Must have appropriate workspace to perform functions of this position, that includes sufficient internet bandwidth for video conferencing and other data-intensive network capabilities.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel and talk or hear.
  • The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop; kneel; crouch; or crawl.
  • The employee must regularly lift and /or move up to 30 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must possess – sufficient mobility, strength, or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) reach upward, sideways, downward to work with paper files; b) sufficient mobility and dexterity to utilize computer systems, fax machines, copiers, and other office machines.
  • Must possess – 1) ability to read and understand instructions, drawings, safety guides, and other written materials necessary to perform job; 2) sufficient visual capacity to perform the applicable functions without assistance of visual aids other than eye contacts or eye glasses; 3) sufficient spoken aural capacity to hear and understand instructions, warning bells, fire alarms, or shouted instructions without assistance of auditory aids other than a hearing aid; and 4) ability to impart information orally so that others understand and can respond appropriately
  • Must possess sufficient mobility, strength or dexterity in both arms and hands and both legs to a) grasp, push, pull, turn or otherwise manipulate tools and mechanisms; b) push, shove, pull or otherwise safely and efficiently manipulate tools or mechanisms; c) lift, hold, maneuver, objects of 50 lbs or more; d) maintain balance while performing work; e) remove parts, systems, tools of 50 lbs or more
  • May occasionally work at 14,000 feet altitude if performing work at our North facility.

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