2012–2013 California Sea Grant Communications Fellowship

There are no opportunities available at this time

California Sea Grant (CASG) is seeking applications for a Communications Fellow for 2012–2013 for up to 12 months for a 20- or 40-hour per week position.

The Communications Fellowship provides a unique educational opportunity for a recent graduate (or senior within six months of graduating) from a 4-year college or university journalism or communications program with an electronic/social media emphasis. One Fellow will be selected for 2012–2013, conditional upon the availability of funding.

The Communications Fellow will research, write, edit and post both written and visual content for California Sea Grant’s website and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, blog) and for required reporting to our funding sources (NOAA National Sea Grant Office and various California agencies). The Fellow will receive “on the job” training and experience in sharing scientific information developed through California Sea Grant-sponsored research projects and outreach efforts. The Fellow will work with the California Sea Grant communications and extension professionals, as well as various researchers and community partners, to present timely, scientific information in a variety of formats.

Communications products created by the Fellow may include, but not be limited to:

• Writing content for the program’s social media webpages (CASG Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/California-Sea-Grant /152434827994 and CASG Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/CASeaGrant)
• Writing and posting content on the program’s websites (www.csgc.ucsd.edu and //ca-sgep.ucsd.edu/)
• Writing research summaries and news releases for general news media and trade press
• Writing articles for the program’s e-newsletter
• Taking photos
• Creating short YouTube-type videos and scripts.

Communications products created by the Fellow may include, but not be limited to:
The Fellow will be encouraged to work with us to propose, develop and implement new means of electronic communications outreach.

This Fellowship is open to students graduating between December 2011 and June 2013 with a Bachelor’s degree from a college or university journalism or communications program with an emphasis in electronic/social media. Students earning degrees from California universities are eligible, as are California residents who earned degrees in other states. The ideal Fellow will have excellent written communication skills, demonstrated ability to understand, summarize and communicate complex subjects to the general public, and technical skills including webpage layout, photo and video editing, etc.

The work location will be in the California Sea Grant Communications Office at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA. The Fellowship will involve of an average of either 20 or 40 hours of work per week and will continue for up to 12 months, contingent upon the availability of funding. The Fellow will receive either a monthly stipend of $3,030.00 for a 40-hour per week fellowship, or $1,515.00 for a 20-hour per week fellowship. The Fellow will not receive benefits and will not be an employee of the California Sea Grant College Program, the University of California, San Diego, or Scripps Institution of Oceanography.

Application Requirements:

• Graduation from a college/university with a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a major in journalism or communications and an emphasis in electronic/social media;
• Ability to summarize complex scientific information in an engaging style for the general public, demonstrated by four writing samples, one article (up to 600 words) for a general audience, one for a targeted audience (up to 600 words), and two recent social media examples (captured in PDF);
• A statement of personal goals, with an emphasis on the prospective Fellow’s anticipated contributions to and expectations from the Fellowship experience;
• Resume, including a list of software (e.g., social media, web development/content management) in which the applicant has expertise;
• Two reference letters, one of which is from a major professor in journalism or communications; and
• Copies (unofficial) of university transcripts. (Official transcripts may be requested for those selected for interviews.)

Please email the above documents as PDFs, incorporating your surname into the file names, and submit as a package to Marsha Gear, Director of Communications, at mgear@ucsd.edu.


Call for Applications Announced: Oct. 15, 2012
There are no opportunities available at this time.
The fellowship will begin in late 2012 or January 2013, depending on the candidate selected.

For more information, please contact Marsha Gear, Director of Communications, after Nov. 1, at mgear@ucsd.edu or 858-534-0581, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., Mon.–Fri.

Please forward this announcement to eligible candidates.

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