As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.
The Morgridge Institute for Research seeks a proactive, plugged-in student with a passion for science communication, social media and content marketing. The Social Media & Communications Intern will help manage the Institute’s social media presence, including, but not limited to, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.
You will have the opportunity to report, write and edit news stories related to Morgridge’s scientific and outreach activities. In addition, you will serve on the promotional team of the highly successful Wisconsin Science Festival and use social media to gain statewide visibility. You’ll work under the direction of Multimedia Specialist Courtni Kopietz and the Morgridge communications and development teams.
The desired start date is August 20, 2018. The internship offers a flexible schedule (15-20 hours/week depending on workload and class schedule), an opportunity to gain great work experience and the ability to collaborate with staff of the Morgridge Institute and partners including the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation. Starting pay is $10 per hour.
60% Social Media Management
- Generate, edit and schedule/publish content daily (using text, images, and video) for the Morgridge Institute social profiles via our social media management tool, Sprout Social.
- Moderate audience-generated messages and engage with stakeholders on the networks.
- Measure and report on engagement metrics of social platforms, and identify opportunities based on analytics.
- Support the strategy and execution of the Wisconsin Science Festival social media accounts for the weeks leading up to the event and the four days of the festival (Oct. 11-14, 2018).
40% Writing and Media Relations
- Create and send targeted Wisconsin Science Festival news releases to media outlets statewide using our media intelligence tool, Meltwater.
- Write Morgridge science stories and features on outreach activities and employee profiles for the morgridge.org website and for use in our monthly e-newsletter, Spark.
The successful candidate must be committed to the Morgridge Institute’s mission of improving human health through biomedical research and inspiring society’s curiosity about science. Candidates will have an academic background in journalism, English, public relations, strategic communications or a related field.
You must have direct experience in managing a social media presence for a business, volunteer organization or student organization. Some experience writing for a print or online publication is also required.
The position requires the ability to work with limited supervision, a desire to win the Internet, and familiarity with AP style and the Microsoft Office Suite. Hands-on experience with the Adobe Creative Suite (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator) is desired, but not required.
Submit your resume, cover letter, and a document with a writing sample (news article, blog post, press release, magazine article etc.) and up to three examples of your professional social media experience, such as link(s) or screenshot(s) of successful social media posts you managed for a business, volunteer organization or student organization. All materials should be submitted as one document/file via the online career portal.