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Internship Now Open for Applications!

Internship Now Open for Applications!

The Austin Texas Science Writers social media internship is designed to offer real life marketing and communications experience while serving to increase awareness of the organization’s mission and offerings. In addition to hands-on experience with traditional social media content creation and community management, the internship offers the chance to connect and work with a range of professional science communicators and engage directly with the local community. 

We encourage candidates with interest in any of the following areas to apply: editorial, videography, photography, marketing, advertising, journalism, media and public relations, digital communications, science. Our internships are of a flexible nature and we aim to provide students and young professionals with the opportunity to gain experience in the areas that best serve their goals. 

We expect this internship to begin June 1 and last approximately 10 weeks. Expected hours per week are 3, but there may be optional opportunities for community outreach that could result in additional hours if desired. The schedule is flexible, and some to all of the internship hours can be served remotely if this accommodation is needed. 

Benefits and Responsibilities 

This is a paid internship with a weekly stipend of $50. The intern will be responsible for brief daily check-ins with our major social media platforms as well as creation of online content based on our social media plan. Other duties might involve: helping to draft a monthly newsletter, developing static and dynamic content for the blog, and contributing ideas on outreach to peer groups (e.g, students or recent graduates). In addition to the stipend, interns receive the following benefits:

  • Professional mentorship on a science communications project of intern’s choosing throughout 10-week period
  • A year-long non-recurring membership to Austin Texas Science Writers at the student or associate level (depending on educational background) 
  • Access to networking and professional development workshops
  • Direct access to professional science communicators who can offer insight into the broad field of sci-comm roles and opportunities 

Qualifications

Helpful skills include: experience writing and/or editing in English, attention to detail and grammar, social media proficiency, some photography and/or videography experience. If you have 70% of these skills and a strong desire to grow through guidance and practice, we encourage you to apply. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit the following by Monday, April 27:

  • Résumé with relevant coursework and work history
  • Up to three samples of your work (writing, photography, design, etc.)
  • Two academic or professional references 
  • A brief cover letter stating your interest in this internship opportunity — including specific skills you would like to develop

Email cover letter, résumé, two references and samples of your work to: atxsciwri@gmail.com

Science & Nature Book Club: ATXSciRead The Weil Conjectures

Science & Nature Book Club: ATXSciRead The Weil Conjectures

Sunday, 4/5 4-5 pm at BookPeople

 

Join the Austin Texas Science Writers for a book club devoted to the best of science and nature writing. We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. This month’s read is The Weil Conjectures, by local author Karen Olsson. Book club members get 10% off this month’s book at BookPeople.

Tabling at Astronomy on Tap ATX

Tabling at Astronomy on Tap ATX

Tuesday, 3/24 7-9 pm at The North Door

 

We’ll talk with Astronomy on Tap attendees before and after the event to sign them up for our newsletter, promote our upcoming events, and distribute free swag.

 

Sign up here to volunteer with us.

 

Science & Nature Book Club: ATXSciRead Field Notes from a Catastophe

Science & Nature Book Club: ATXSciRead Field Notes from a Catastophe

Sunday, 3/1 4-5 pm at BookPeople

Join the Austin Texas Science Writers for a book club devoted to the best of science and nature writing. We’ll revisit the classics and explore cutting-edge titles, from neuroscience to natural history, astrophysics to animal behavior. This month’s read is Field Notes from a Catastrophe. Book club members get 10% off this month’s book at BookPeople.

Field Trip to the Wildflower Center: “Reading the Land”

Field Trip to the Wildflower Center: “Reading the Land”

Saturday, February 29th 12-1 pm

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

 

Join this exclusive trail tour with Wildflower Center Land Steward Michelle Bertelsen. Learn about how to read visual cues from the landscape to understand more about a place’s history and ecology. Space is limited—there are only 5 spots available for our group. If you are interested in joining us, RSVP to Angel Horne at ahorne [at] wildflower [dot] org

 

Have an idea for a future field trip? Drop us a line at atxsciwri [at] gmail [dot] org

Hot Science/Cool Talks + February Happy Hour

Hot Science/Cool Talks + February Happy Hour

Friday, February 28th at 7 pm

Burdine Hall (UT Campus) + Crown and Anchor Pub

What is involved in selecting the perfect landing place for NASA’s Mars 2020 rover mission? What is involved in getting there? What will we find? Dr. Tim Gouge, Assistant Professor of Geosciences at the University of Texas, shares what makes the Jezero Crater such a perfect location, with its amazing geological formations. Join us for:

NASA’s Next Mission to Mars: Searching for Life on the Red Planet
Friday 2/28, 7p.m. – 8:15 p.m. with hands-on activities starting at 5:30 p.m.
Burdine Hall (BUR)  located on the UT Campus. 2505 University Avenue

Wear your ATXSciWri T-shirt! We’ll walk over to the Crown and Anchor Pub after the talk for a drink and conversation.

Discounted parking is available for $4. For information, see the Hot Science/Cool Talks event page

ANNOUNCING…AUSTIN TEXAS SCIENCE WRITERS MERCH!

ANNOUNCING…AUSTIN TEXAS SCIENCE WRITERS MERCH!

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We are thrilled to announce that ATXSciWri T-shirts are now available for purchase through Bonfire.

Your T-shirt purchase will directly benefit fellow Central Texas science communicators. Our non-profit will use T-shirt sales to offer future programming, beginning with a podcasting workshop this spring.

We also hope that these T-shirts will inspire camaraderie and community. Wear your shirt to the next happy hour or tabling event!

And once your shirt arrives, don’t forget to take a photo and tag us @atxsciwri or #atxsciwri on social media. We’ll use these submissions to select the winner of a book giveaway…stay tuned for details.

https://www.bonfire.com/austin-texas-science-writers/

Introducing the ATXSciWri board of 2019–2020

Introducing the ATXSciWri board of 2019–2020

Julie Grisham President I have more than 20 years of experience as a science writer, both as a staff writer for magazines and nonprofit organizations and as a freelancer. I specialize in writing about highly complex scientific and medical concepts — including biology, genetics, cancer, science policy, biotechnology, and environmental issues — and translating these…

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ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

ATXSciRead: Science & Nature Book Club

ATXSciRead’s book pick for October is Bottle of Lies by Katherine Eban. ATXSciWri members will be able to meet her at the end of October for the Texas Book Festival! Join us on the third floor of BookPeople on Sunday, 10/6 at 4 pm to discuss! Get your copy at BookPeople for a 10% discount.