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Requisition Number 18-0001
Post Date 1/4/2018
Title Public Affairs Internship
City Washington
State DC
Description Title: Public Affairs Intern
Position Type: Paid Full-time Internship (3 months assignment – expected start date 15 Feb 2018)
Location: Washington, DC


What we do and offer our team
We are home to more than 60,000 scientists from 139 countries. As the Public Affairs Intern, you will be part of a dynamic association for Earth and space scientists who advance research, collaborate across disciplines, and communicate the importance and impact of science to society. AGU offers our members exciting opportunities through top-ranked scientific journals, scientific meetings and conferences, and other educational and scientific programs, to present and publish research, gain leadership experience, mentor, and freely exchange knowledge.
AGU’s Workplace Values
We believe in accountability and ownership of work, by taking responsibility for decisions and results. We believe in member and customer service, and that they come first through providing high quality service.

We believe in excellence and giving it our all, through striving to be outstanding. We believe in integrity by doing the right thing, we achieve this by being honest and fair.

Our teams believe that with teamwork together we achieve more, we achieve this through collaboration. We believe in respect, that you earn it and give it, by open communication and collaboration.

What the Public Affairs Intern does

The Intern will help the Public Affairs team during the busy spring season that includes major PA-led events and congressional authorizations and appropriations work. The position also offers a service to AGU membership by hiring recent Geoscience graduates to learn about science policy and see that it is a viable career path for them, and allowing AGU to be more engaged in critical science policy work on Capitol Hill.

The intern will focus on attending congressional hearings and briefings and writing summaries for Public Affairs and AGU members, running the Public Affairs social media presence (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, videos, etc.), writing blog posts for The Bridge, writing Eos articles, helping to organize our Geoscience Congressional Visits Day event, and helping us prepare for a Earth and Space Science Caucus event.




What the Public Affairs Intern brings to the team
• At least two years of coursework towards a Bachelor’s degree in Earth or space sciences and a willingness to relocate to the Washington D.C. area for the internship at your own expense are required.
• A Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Ph.D. in Earth or space science is a plus.
• Ability to prioritize assignments, use standard procedures and processes to make decisions, apply effective verbal, non-verbal, and written communication methods, operate standard office equipment, and work independently on various projects and/or with limited supervision is needed.
• It’s a plus to have experience with social media, science policy, and science communication, but not necessary.

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package.


AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
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