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Requisition Number 17-0115
Post Date 7/21/2017
Title Media Relations/Outreach Intern
City Hilo
State HI

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy, Inc. (AURA) operates several observatory centers (including the National Optical Astronomy Observatory, the National Solar Observatory, Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Gemini Observatory) in the United States and Chile under cooperative agreements with the National Science Foundation.

Gemini Observatory is looking for an intern interested in learning all aspects of the public relations field. The internship will include a full view of media relations, communications, and educational outreach. The Media Relations/Outreach Intern is also responsible in supporting Gemini’s media relations efforts and in communications with scientific users and the general public.

Essential Functions:

  • Work closely with Public Information and Outreach (PIO) mentor to develop and execute a project plan that supports Gemini Observatory’s media relation efforts and/or education and outreach activities.
  • Create and implement new creative ideas using both “traditional” and “new” public outreach and media relations schemes to enhance Gemini Observatory’s overall image.
  • Assist with general media relations and outreach activities as directed.
  • Write and edit media resource materials (press releases, social media, “webfeatures”) and/or educational content for students, teachers and the public.
  • All AURA employees are responsible for the proper management and control of all AURA property within their work area, whether assigned to them or someone else. This responsibility includes reporting any known missing, stolen, or non-working property in their work area to their supervisor or the AURA Property Officer.

Other Functions:

  • Create a final report at the conclusion of internship to reflect your overall experience to present to PIO Manager.
  • Presentations about internship experience at staff/professional meetings/conferences.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must be currently enrolled in an accredited degree program, demonstrating a minimum of 3.0 average, in areas such as:
    • Astronomy/Astrophysics
    • Science/Technology Journalism
    • Communications (emphasis on science/technology)
    • Media Relations (emphasis on science/technology and new-media)
    • Education (with focus on physical science discipline)
  • Other related areas of interest (i.e. education/outreach) will be considered but candidate must demonstrate a strong interest in pursuing a career in science/technology communications with preference given to candidates with experience and education in astronomy or directly related field.
  • Candidates are required to demonstrate proficiency in written communications (samples will be required in interview process) and common office software.
  • Ideal candidate is interested in pursuing a career in science journalism, informal science education or a related science journalism/education field.

Please list 2 professional references in your application and attach a cover letter and CV or resume (PDF files preferred) to your application. Please name any attachments with the following format: 17-0115LastnameDocname. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications will be accepted until August 31, 2017.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA does not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our recordkeeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

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  • The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
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