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ONQPI Newsletter Writer Internship

The Nanoscale and Quantum Phenomena Institute is seeking a qualified student to serve as a newsletter writer intern during the 2020-21 academic year.

Application Deadline: Midnight - Monday, February 24, 2020

Starting Salary: $9.00 per hour; 5-8 hours per week

General Requirements First, second, or third-year graduate students OR junior or senior undergraduates may apply; currently pursuing a degree in either journalism OR a scientific field (i.e., physics, chemistry, engineering, biology). General interest in science required. Experience in InDesign helpful.


· Participate as a member of a small team of student writers who produce a 4-page science newsletter which is distributed to target audiences once a semester;

· However, preparations for interviews with NQPI members involve a review of their work (the article you write may be about awards received instead of articles published), thus interest in science and an inquisitive mind is a plus;

· Interns should have some experience with Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, as they will edit the layout;

· During the publication process, the intern must be available to complete the following tasks:

o Attention to detail and rigorous editing of newsletter drafts;

o Stuffing envelopes for newsletter mailing;

· Maintain at least two consistent channels of communication with NQPI contacts (i.e. speaking to professors via email and checking with them face-to-face);

· Attend a weekly editorial meeting to edit and plan future articles, revise grammatical mistakes along with technical jargon. Any piece that you write undergoes a three-step editing process:

1. Initial edits between writer, faculty editor and the NQPI administrator;

2. Send-off to faculty or student interviewee for scientific corrections;

3. Secondary edits between writer, editors and NQPI administrator.

· The NQPI internship is a public relations position; we approach scientific language in a two-pronged manner: (1) the “translation” of scientific research at a professional level to one of a general student population, and (2) maintaining the integrity of scientific terminology on a case-by-case basis. Our faculty newsletter editor assists us each step of the way;

· While not required, experience with WordPress is helpful;

· While not required, prior education in the field of physics, chemistry or engineering is encouraged.

To Apply: Send a cover letter, short resume, and a short writing sample (an article or a class assignment) to Jean Andrews [], Special Projects Assistant, Department of Physics and Astronomy, 252A Clippinger Laboratories. Direct questions to Ms. Andrews before submitting materials.

For additional info contact Jean Andrews

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