NASA Audio Storytelling Internship
Unofficial Application Guide [updated Feb 5 ]
NASA is looking (and listening) for a new type of audio storyteller to help us craft compelling audio content for a new, short-form NASA podcast. You will be working on stories from a diverse set of science and technology themes such as planetary, Earth science, heliophysics and astrophysics. You’ll gain on-the-job experience as you research, script and produce audio stories about some of NASA’s most exciting missions. You’ll pitch new episode ideas and follow them from conception to completion, keeping the audience in mind at every stage.
We’re looking for an audio storyteller with boundless curiosity, a creative spirit, and a passion for sharing engaging stories with diverse audiences. You should have a portfolio that demonstrates strong production skills, creative approaches to audio storytelling and a knack for finding compelling tape. We’re looking for an intern who can leverage their strong writing skills to build informative and engaging story arcs.
*Applicants should be familiar with Adobe Audition or a similar audio production software*
Location: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD
Summer Session: 10 weeks, starting June 2020 (app deadline: march 8 | rolling interviews)
Fall Session: 16 weeks, starting late August 2020 (now accepting applications)
Stipend: 11.2k undergrad, 14.4k grad – for 16 weeks (less for 10 week internships)
Eligibility: Must be a current student, or no more than three months past graduation
Writing, editing, recording, pitching, designing, creating, captioning, shooting, snapping, streaming, tweeting, posting, researching, building and exploring.
💡Candidates are encouraged to include a statement summarizing their goals for the internship, details about relevant classes, descriptions of work experience and links to work samples.
How to Apply
The NASA Internship Office is using a new website and candidates are reporting some navigational challenges. Here are a few tips to get candidates specifically interested in our audio storytelling internship over the finish line.
Step 1 → Get Ready – gather your materials together. You’ll need a transcript, a plan to obtain a letter of recommendation and a resume. Do this before you register.
Step 2 → Register – https://intern.nasa.gov – our Office of STEM Engagement’s new website can be more than a little tricky to navigate. You’ll need to set up a profile and register on the site before you can view or apply for our internship. The good news: once you’ve done this, you can apply for other positions with minimal additional effort.
⭐️ Pro tip on recommendation — for the letter of recommendation, the site requires you to submit the name/email of the person who will be writing the recommendation. The NASA site sends them the request, and they submit directly. We suggest notifying them before you register so they are ready. You can’t move forward on the application or even view the openings until one recommendation letter is received.
⭐️ Pro tip on resume — you may also upload a PDF of a resume or a resume + cover letter. It’s not required, but if you have the time, that’s very helpful for the reviewers. Get those ready ahead of time. If you are targeting our audio storytelling internship, consider putting links to work samples or your portfolio site on the cover sheet.
⭐️ Pro tip on links to work and including a personal statement — there are places in the application template to add detail about your work experience. Describe your relevant experience and if possible include links to your work. We would appreciate a student statement on why the internship would be a good fit for your career objectives. Consider creating one nice compact PDF with all of this information.
Step 3 → Search for internships
You’ll find some slots on the application template for key words. This is intended to match you with good positions.
Pro tip – A key word for this internship is “audio”
Step 4 → Apply
Select the audio storytelling internship. There’s a little box and your application is sent to the reviewers like seeds to the wind. You can’t really customize anything after you fill out your profile so get all the good stuff in there while you are filling out the template.
Step 5 → Interview
The internship review team will be contacting applicants who seem to be best fits for the positions. We accept applications through March but will conduct interviews on a rolling basis.
💡Year Round Internships – our science communication internships are available year round. Summer sessions start in early June and go for ten weeks. Consider our longer 16-week internships starting late August through December, and the Winter-Spring session starting in Jan through late April. Stipends are proportional.
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