COSIA Internships for 2011

Over the past several years, students at the Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences at Rutgers University have been able to participate in Communicating Ocean Sciences for Informal Audiences (COSIA). This course provides students an opportunity to develop their communications and teaching skills, in tandem with their science education, allowing them to become more effective advocates for ocean literacy and marine science.

What will this internship include?

This summer, IMCS is pleased to offer undergraduate students an opportunity to further practice and refine the informal education skills taught in COSIA. Over the course of the 10-week internship, students will:

  • Present informal programs and demonstrations, and evaluate existing exhibits at Liberty Science Center, approximately 2-3 days per week, under the mentorship of LSC’s education staff.
  • Work with the education and outreach staff at IMCS as they present and develop programs for delivery to a variety of informal education audiences (including 4-H clubs, summer camps and school teachers).
  • Develop their own informal activity to present at either Liberty Science Center or the 4-H Summer Science camp, while working with IMCS staff to package the kit and materials for others to use.

Students will receive a $4,500 stipend, and milage reimbursement to cover travel to Liberty Science Center. If needed, campus housing may also be provided. Dates of the internship are negotiable (ideally around May 30 to August 5, 2011). Preference will be given to applicants that have taken COSIA at Rutgers or similar classes elsewhere.

How do I apply?

Interested students should send the following information to Janice McDonnell by March 11th.

  • A copy of your transcript. An unofficial version (copy) is acceptable.
  • A current resume (include email and phone numbers where we can reach you).
  • A personal statement describing your background, interest in developing your science education and communication skills, career plans, and how this Internship will help you reach your goals.

If you have any questions, please contact Janice McDonnell, Assistant Professor of Youth Development at Rutgers University, and the Director of COSEE NOW.

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