Design/Photography Intern (Baker Media Internship)
Union of Concerned Scientists - Cambridge, MA

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Design/Photography Intern (Baker Media Internship)

Union of Concerned Scientists

Cambridge, MA

Are you a design or photography major interested in working for an organization that promotes science-based solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems, like global warming, clean energy, sustainable food, and global security? The Union of Concerned Scientists is seeking a design/photography intern to help us update and enhance the imagery on our website. You will have the opportunity to work with a dynamic team of communications professionals and use your talent to help us communicate issues and concepts in a visually compelling manner. This opportunity will provide training for those interested in going into any kind of online design, specifically in the field of nonprofit website design. The design/photography intern will learn what it takes to run an effective website and how good design is essential to a website’s success.

Under the direction of the website manager, the intern will be responsible for developing a visual library of 40-50 photos per issue area (global warming, renewable energy, advanced vehicles, nuclear power, sustainable agriculture, science and democracy) that
  • connect the issues to people’s lives
  • convey UCS’s scientific approach while avoiding visual clichés (guys in lab coats with microscopes)
  • use creative visual metaphors to express abstract ideas
  • better reflect current U.S. demographics
We expect that the project will require online research as well as the opportunity use your own photography. The intern will also be responsible for documenting image sources and copyright requirements for the images.

About the Baker Media Internship
The Baker Media Internship is funded through the generous bequest of the late C. Edwin (Ed) Baker, Nicholas F. Gallicchio Professor of Law and Communication at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and one of the country's foremost authorities on free speech, the First Amendment and mass media policy. The internship is designed to help further his interest in elevating science and policy issues for public consumption through the media.

Individuals from demographic groups underrepresented in science and environmental advocacy and from public universities are especially encouraged to apply. College students and recent graduates are eligible to apply for this competitive internship.

Compensation, duration and location: The Union of Concerned Scientists provides $1,733 - $2,080 per month, depending on level of education, to interns working full time. This position is located in Cambridge and can be part-time or full-time for 3-6 months depending on the applicant.

To Apply: Please submit a cover letter, resume and portfolio via email and include “Baker Internship” in the subject line. Please also add in your cover letter where you heard about the position. Email materials by Word or PDF only. No phone calls please. Deadline: February 11, 2012 or until filled.

Job Requirements Requirements
The ideal candidate will have a portfolio that demonstrates their ability to communicate ideas visually through photographs. They will also have excellent digital image organization skills, Photoshop and Microsoft Office skills, and familiarity with optimizing images for web. Candidate should have the ability to shoot quality indoor and outdoor photos. Portfolio requested.

Candidates should have strong oral and written communication skills, attention to detail, excellent interpersonal relations skills, as well as an ability to work both independently and in teams. Interest in science, the environment and communicating ideas visually are strongly preferred.

We are seeking a highly motivated, creative individual with a great work ethic, positive attitude, and sense of humor.