Are you interested in applying your science communications skills in a dynamic ecological research setting? The Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (https://www.cedarcreek.umn.edu/) is a 5200 acre biological field station, located 35 miles north of the Twin Cities. It is world-renowned for its research into food webs, biodiversity, and climate change. Work done at Cedar Creek has shaped the field of ecology since its founding in 1942. Recently, the Isbell Biodiversity Lab (z.umn.edu/isbell) has started an exciting new citizen science initiative at Cedar Creek, and we are looking for a passionate and talented communications intern to join our team of scientists and volunteers to assist us with social media, content development, and website management. Your role will be to help us engage our online volunteers across a variety of social media platforms by writing weekly educational blog posts and engaging with our members via Facebook, Instagram, Zooniverse discussion boards, and more. Interns will work with students and researchers at Cedar Creek to communicate about our scientific process, fieldwork, research findings, on-going events and more, specifically as it relates to wildlife and animal space use across the property. There may be opportunities to engage with other research projects as well.
While this is an unpaid role, this position offers an excellent opportunity for undergraduate or graduate students to gain real-world experience in science communication, citizen science engagement, public relations, ecological research, and professional network development. While we will provide guidance on media content and target audiences, the intern will have enough independence to truly make this project their own and develop the skills they need for a future career. Credit may be available through the BIOL 3610 course “Internship: Professional Experience in Biological Sciences.”