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RENCI Seeks a Student Intern

RENCI (The Renaissance Computing Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill) seeks a student intern to serve as a web content developer and social media specialist. This position is open to upper-level undergraduates and graduate students at UNC Chapel Hill, Duke, and NC State.

The intern will be expected to work 10 – 15 hours per week in the RENCI communications division developing web content (news stories, blog posts, calendar items), updating existing content, developing e-newsletter content and assisting with the Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn presences for RENCI and its related research projects and consortia.

Required skills: excellent writing, interviewing and interpersonal communication skills, including knowledge of AP writing style; familiarity with using Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn as communication tools to reach targeted audiences; working knowledge of the WordPress content management system or a similar CMS; copy editing/proofreading skills, ability to use MS Office on Mac or Windows (your choice); an interest in science and advanced technology; an ability to grasp  technical and scientific content and learn how to translate it into understandable web stories, blog posts and social media content.

Bonus Points: Knowledge of graphic design packages, such as Adobe Creative Suite; ability to develop PowerPoint slides and graphics; ability to shoot photos, develop short videos and create interactive infographics; working knowledge of Mailchimp or a similar e-newsletter distribution system; knowledge and/or coursework in biological sciences, environmental science, computer science, and/or analytics; previous experience writing about technical or scientific topics.

Background/education: This position is best suited for a journalism or communications student who is either a graduate student or an upper-level undergrad with previous internship experience,  experience writing for a student publication, or experience working on significant digital media projects. Students majoring in scientific fields—especially one of the life sciences, environmental science, computer science or data science—with journalistic writing and interviewing experience and an interest in scientific/technical communications and journalism will also be considered for this position.

What you get: The opportunity to work with PhD-level researchers and technology experts and an experienced professional communications team on a wide range of marketing and communications projects; the chance to build a professional-quality portfolio of communications and marketing work; the chance to stay with us for multiple semesters; the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge scientific and technology research that can make the world a better place; the chance to further develop your content development, writing, social media, and digital marketing skills; and good pay for your efforts (starting salary is $15/hour).

To apply: Send a resume, cover letter, and a couple examples of previous work (links are fine) to: Karen Green, Director of Communications, Email word files or PDFs (preferred) or send hard copy to: 100 Europa Drive, Suite 540, Chapel Hill, NC, 27517.

Start date: Flexible, however, we aim to have someone on board as soon as possible and would like the intern to work at least through the end of the Spring 2017 semester.

RENCI is located off campus in a very nice office building (Europa Center) with ample free parking. We are also on the D bus route.

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