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Intern - Project CETI

National Geographic Society
National Geographic Society
Employment Types:
Washington, DC, USA
USD per year
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Internship Description Summary

The National Geographic Society is seeking an intern to join and support it’s collaboration with Project CETI (Cetacean Translation Initiative). Project CETI is bringing together a unique team of accomplished scientists and technologists to study the communication of sperm whales. Project CETI endeavors to provide the first-ever blueprint of another animal’s language, and over the next five years, will seek to understand sperm whales on a level never achieved before. Project CETI is led by three National Geographic Explorers and is supported by National Geographic Society and it’s exploration technology, education, storytelling and communications teams. The intern will support the collaborations between NGS & Project CETI.

Internship Description

Five Principal Learning Responsibilities

  1. Support the planning and execution of conservation-technology, education and storytelling-based collaborations between Project CETI and multiple departments within the National Geographic Society. (20%)

  2. Strengthen skills in science communication, scientific literacy and conservation education while gaining a greater understanding of real world marine conservation by actively engaging and working with National Geographic Explorers, engineers, storytellers and educators. (20%)

  3. Cultivate an understanding of how technology is used to advance conservation efforts by supporting the development of animal-borne data collection and imaging systems for sperm whales. (20%)

  4. Build creative and design skills by supporting the development of storytelling content to represent the multi-faceted collaboration between NGS & Project CETI, and by supporting the development of communication materials that can be used by NGS to amplify Project CETI’s scientific work through social media and other channels. (20%)

  5. Support the collaboration between NGS & Project CETI around the development of a capacity building & conservation education program for the local community in which CETI’s scientific field work takes place. (20%)

Related Field of Study Required Undergraduate or graduate degree in disciplines relating to environmental communication, marine biology, or science-based community engagement. Student will need to be enrolled in school during the internship.

Knowledge and Skills Required

  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work well with others and independently
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and Google applications (Google calendar, Google Drive, etc)
  • Interest in the facets through which ocean science can be supported (ie: technology, education, education, storytelling, communication)

Additional Information

  • Cover letter is required. Please submit a cover letter as a single document with your resume.
  • Students must be enrolled in a US based accredited college or university.

Application Deadline

  • All applications must be submitted by February 28, 2022
  • Offers will go out between April 6-10, 2022

Internship Dates

  • Start Date: 6/8/22 (no exceptions)
  • End Date: 8/3/22

National Geographic will provide housing and travel to and from Washington, D.C. for this year’s program.

Additional Information

Cover letter is required. Please submit a cover letter as a single document with your resume.

Students must be enrolled in a US based accredited college or university.

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