Science Communication Internships

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Communication Intern

We are no longer accepting applications for this internship. All applications received by April 24, 2020 are being considered.

Prime Root and one of our clients, the International Neuroethics Society (INS), are offering an internship opportunity for Summer 2020. The communication intern will create digital content, coordinate newsletter issues, manage email and social media accounts, contribute to communication planning and strategy, design and implement process improvements, and manage other short-term projects.

The communication intern will work for the INS running the day-to-day communication operations of the 300-member association. The intern will also be considered for additional projects with Prime Root.

The internship requires a commitment of 5-10 hours per week, for at least 10 weeks, from May 15 to August 31. Exceptional interns may be offered an opportunity to extend the position beyond August 31 to additional terms in the fall, winter and spring.

Hourly compensation is based on experience, with pay starting at $10-15 per hour. Most work will be completed remotely and include occasional in-person meetings (pending city and state ordinances). Interns are expect to have some availability during traditional business hours on weekdays.

Candidates must be current undergraduate students with excellent communication skills and a passion for science. Preferred are candidates that reside in Madison full time and will be continuing their education during the Fall 2020 semester to allow for possible extension of the appointment. Scheduling is flexible enough to accommodate pre-planned vacations discussed in advance.


Our client, the International Neuroethics Society, encourages and inspires research and dialogue on the responsible use of advances in brain science. Their membership includes a wide range of professionals in brain research, ethics, law, philosophy, anthropology, education and other fields.

Prime Root a science communication firm based in Madison. We work with science and health organizations to improve communication practices, develop strategies, and build capacity to create good content.

Prime Root principal consultant Robert Beets manages interns for the INS and will be the supervisor for the internship and all projects.


As part-time contractors, interns apply their skills to create content and manage communication channels for clients. If available, interns may also contribute to the development of common use guides and resources that aim to establish science communication best practices.

Interns are expected to be reliable, motivated, and professional in every aspect of their work.

Responsibilities will be tailored to fit the needs of the clients and the expectations of the contributing intern. The following tasks are likely to be included in an intern’s scope of work.

  • Write social media posts
  • Monitor social media channels
  • Edit and update website content
  • Assemble content for newsletters
  • Manage numerous publishing schedules
  • Write various articles, releases and announcements
  • Develop or update communication plans
  • Implement content strategies


Candidates must meet the following requirements to apply:

  • Will continue their education during the Fall 2020 semester

Preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Major in science communication or life sciences communication

Candidates must possess the following general work skills:

  • Communicates well with coworkers
  • Pays close attention to details
  • Problem solves independently
  • Challenges inconsistencies
  • Works very efficiently
  • Remains respectful

Candidates must have a strong proficiency:

  • Working within strict limitations
  • Adhering to style and processes
  • Writing concise and logical content
  • Producing error-free drafts and documents
  • Managing multiple tasks and deadlines
  • Communicating effectively with others
  • Meeting project expectations
  • Keeping organized files

Preferred technical skills include:

  • Web content management (html, css)
  • Web development and coding (php, sql, javascript)
  • Graphic design and document design
  • Photo selection and editing
  • Video editing

A lack of proficiency in any single skill area should not stop a candidate from applying. This internship is meant to be an opportunity to build on weaknesses as well as express strengths.


Candidates may apply by sending a resume and short statement of interest (100 words) to Robert Beets by email with the subject line ‘Internship’. After an initial review, additional documents are likely to be requested. No phone conversations will be granted prior to receiving a resume.

We are no longer accepting applications for this internship. All applications received by April 24, 2020 are being considered.

All applicants will receive timely updates regarding the status of their application and any hiring decisions. This page will also be updated to reflect any changes to the status of this opportunity.

Thank you for your interest.

General Information


Interns will commit to one term that is 8 or 16 weeks in length. Interns showing proficiency and enthusiasm during an initial term may be asked to extend their appointment to additional terms. Generally, terms are:

  • Summer (June–August)
  • Fall (September–December)
  • Winter (December–January)
  • Spring (February–May)


Prime Root and its clients organizations are an equal opportunity employers. All applicants meeting required qualifications will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category.