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Education Development Center, Inc. Science Journalism Intern in Waltham, Massachusetts

Science Journalism Intern(SJI051719)

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US Division


HQ: Waltham, MA

Job Details


Education Development Center (EDC) is a global nonprofit that advances lasting solutions to improve education, promote health, and expand economic opportunity. Since 1958, we have been a leader in designing, implementing, and evaluating powerful and innovative programs in more than 80 countries around the world.

EDC promotes equity and access to high quality education and health services and products that contribute to thriving communities where people from diverse backgrounds learn, live, and work together. We support an inclusive workplace culture that embraces many perspectives and broadens our understanding of the communities we serve, enhancing and enriching our work.

EDC is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

EDC’s College and Workforce Success portfolio within the U.S. Division has an opening for a Training and Technical Assistance Intern in Waltham, MA. This opening is hosted in conjunction with EDC’s summer 2019 internship program. Participants in this program will have exposure to weekly education, and general career-related professional development opportunities including but not limited to: peer to peer networking across the Waltham, New York City, Washington D.C. and Chicago offices; skill-building on specific technologies commonly used in education research and consulting; education writing for training and technical assistance, and more. Interns will be paid and will be expected to work a consistent schedule of 20/hours per week for 8-12 weeks during the months of June-August, 2018. Eligible candidates for this opening will be physically located at EDC headquarters in Waltham, MA.

The STELAR Center is seeking a self-motivated, hard-working team member with excellent writing and communication skills who takes initiative to contribute to the success of STELAR. The intern will gain knowledge in in conducting research relevant to the program’s content, developing resources, including blog and social media posts, and content development for the STELAR program. The Science Journalism Intern will work within the STEM Learning and Research (STELAR) Center, which is the resource center for the National Science Foundation’s Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) program. The NSF ITEST program supports the research and development of innovative models for engaging K-12 students in authentic experiences that build their capacity to participate in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce of the future. STELAR’s goals as the ITEST resource center are to i) provide technical support to the approximately 100 active ITEST projects, ii) synthesize and disseminate ITEST projects’ findings nationally, iii) conduct outreach efforts to broaden participation in the ITEST community, iv) strengthen and expand the ITEST community of practice, and v) lead and participate in collaborative activities across NSF resource centers.


The Science Journalism Intern will produce original written content that synthesizes existing STEM-related research for lay audiences using a social journalism approach. The aim of this work is to increase the visibility of ITEST and STELAR, especially among groups underrepresented in STEM.

The person in this position is expected to communicate clearly and courteously; to develop and maintain positive relationships with clients, consultants, collaborators, co-workers, field sites, and funders; and to work respectfully with EDC colleagues. The job requires adherence to EDC policies & procedures.

Specific Tasks may include but are not limited to:

  • Produce original written content that synthesizes existing STEM-related research (including work published by ITEST projects) for lay audiences including blog posts, whitepapers, briefs, and infographics

  • Widely disseminate writings through a variety of channels with the aim of boosting the visibility of STELAR’s work, ITEST, and NSF

  • Support ongoing writing projects: conducting literature reviews, proofreading, formatting, citations, etc.

  • Contribute to STELAR’s social media accounts (twitter, etc.)

  • Update website content

  • Synthesize and disseminate ideas generated at annual conference

  • Attend weekly STELAR team meetings

  • Other project support as assigned

The Intern

  • Effectively interacts with diverse staff

  • Learns teamwork; incorporates feedback

  • Adapts readily

  • Seeks help and support as needed


This position requires educational achievement; excellent writing skills; demonstrable initiative, creativity, and flexibility; ability to work independently and effectively in groups; and strong interpersonal & organizational skills. Specific requirements:

• Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate-level, degree-granting program relevant to journalism, communications, STEM education, research, public policy, or other related field

• Strong writing capabilities (will be asked to provide samples), and the ability to design infographics and other similar media to support product dissemination

  • Candidates should have the ability to translate academic-style reports into short articles that are easily understood by a lay audience.

• Candidates must be able to demonstrate excellent communications skills, the ability to understand complex information and quickly translate it for various audiences, the ability to work well with a diversity of people, the ability to take positive and proactive approaches to tasks and the ability to work in a collaborative manner in a high pressure, creative office that adheres to deadlines

• STEM education/STEM content knowledge is preferred but not required

Cover Letter Required


EDC, 43 Foundry Ave, Waltham, MA 02453

No phone calls, please

Posted: 5/17/19

EDC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to enhancing the diversity of its workforce and ensuring an equitable and highly inclusive work environment. EDC is a smoke-free workplace, and offers a supportive work environment, competitive salary, and excellent benefits. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.