Astro Journalist Intern (Unpaid)
The Astro–Journalist Intern will help our digital and online community of guests, visitors, and students to remotely connect to the galleries and shows available at the museum, as well as subjects that the museum is unable to cover in its limited facilities. Interns will work with Adult STEM Mentors to research our current understanding of a variety of astronomy related subjects, using research and current-events resources available on the internet, then write informative articles to share with the public through a blog-format. During the course of their research and writing, students will intentionally incorporate graphs and charts to practice college readiness skills, critical for success on the ACT and in future college and career pursuits.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Identify Article Topics - Interns will either select from an existing suite of topics identified by STEM Mentors or propose their own topics to STEM Mentors for review and approval before initiating work. Topics will be assigned considering each potential Intern’s skill set, interest and past experience.
• Research and Develop Project Ideas - Interns will conduct independent research using a variety of resources (including but not limited to online resources, academic journals, books, or STEM Mentors) in order to make progress on their projects. Interns will take action independently (outside of weekly meetings at the Adler), with Mentor guidance, to develop their ideas.
• Deliberate Communication - Interns are expected to carefully communicate their work as they make progress, using both traditional methods and digital technology. Interns are expected to contribute to the Astro-Journalist blog via post and comments. Interns are expected to maintain regular communication with their STEM Mentors using an online project management platform (ex. Minigroup) and email in order to share goals, progress, discovered graphs/charts and engage in conversations with their peers.
Education and Experience:
• A demonstrated interest in science, technology, engineering or math in general; astronomy specifically is preferred.
• Demonstrated interest in writing and communicating with others.
• The ability to work under supervision and/or independently.
• Past experience in the Adler Youth Community preferred.
• Attend a general volunteer orientation session.
• Interns will meet with their STEM mentors and receive instruction on basic writing tutorials, independent progress expectations, communication tool use, posting timelines, and college readiness skills alignment.
• All training is conducted in situ.
• Make a commitment of one internship season;
• Regularly attend meetings once a week, minimum three per month;
• Be available to meet with mentors on a Saturday afternoon;
• Make continual progress on project goals in a timely manner;
• Respond promptly to mentor communications, using the communication tools provided, within one business day;
• Submit weekly project updates, revisions and drafts using online project management platform (Minigroup);
• Report absences well in advance of meeting, or in emergency cases, within 24 hours of the meeting but not after.
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