Douglas M. Lapp Endowment Internship in Education

Douglas M. Lapp, the first Executive Director of the National Science Resources Center, now named the Smithsonian Science Education Center.

Background

The Douglas M. Lapp Endowment Internship in Education is funded through an endowed fund in honor of Douglas M. Lapp, the first Executive Director of the National Science Resources Center (NSRC), now named the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC). 

Awardees of the Lapp Endowment Internship are appointed based on a demonstrated interest in the field of science education.                              

Internships are available for graduate students only who are interested in pursuing a career in the communications, marketing, or public relations fields.

This program was established in honor of Douglas M. Lapp, founding Executive Director of the National Science Resources Center (NSRC) from 1985 to 2002, now called the Smithsonian Science Education Center (SSEC).   The SSEC’s mission is to transform the teaching and learning of science for K-12 students throughout the nation and the world. 

As Director, he was responsible for defining the Center’s overall education program, especially for K-12 students and teachers, including building awareness for K-12 science education reform among State and district leaders; conducting programs that support the professional growth of K-12 teachers and school leaders.  Also, Doug guided the NSRC to find sustainable ways to bring inquiry and experience-based science into the classroom. Through this mandate, our original curriculum tackled issues such as invasive species, species interdependency, energy conservation, and soil conservation through a variety of curricular units spanning grades 1-8.

 

Purpose

Intern will conduct original research within science education and audience engagement and write original content at the intersection of policy and science education for our target audiences. 

The outcomes of the intern’s learning experience include the following:

  • Help implement brand marketing and public relations best practices to increase brand awareness among SSEC’s target audience
  • Generate and revise blog posts based on the SSEC’s thought leadership
  • Learn to use a content management system (CMS) for web development to distribute content produced by the SSEC.
  • Learn how to interview members of our target audience for promotional materials
  • Learn how to work across the Smithsonian Institution to collaborate on brand awareness
  • Learn how to create media kits for partner organizations and how to pitch articles to media outlets
  • Learn how to execute against a public relations strategy for an educational organization
  • Write and revise blog posts based on trends in audience engagement, Google Trends, and science education

 

Eligibility

  • U.S. Citizens and U.S. permanent residents
  • Graduate students are preferred.  To be considered for this opportunity one must currently be enrolled as a graduate student with plans to pursue a graduate degree in the communications, marketing, or public relations fields of study.

 

How it Works

The 2019 internship dates are May 2019 to September 2019.

Awardees of the Lapp Endowment Internship are appointed based on a demonstrated interest in the pursuit of a communications/marketing/public relations discipline and available funds.

 

What You Will Be Doing for Summer 2019

  • Convert written learning objectives into online interactive lessons for an audience of K-12 students.
  • Create digital and print products (websites, interactive videos and e-books, games, podcasts) designed for a K-12 audience.
  • Produce digital videos for interactive web and print media.
  • Discuss and conceptualize web content and resources with the Publications staff.
  • Contribute to SSEC blog to provide updates about projects.
  • Assist with on-site video production of interviews and other recordings.
  • Visit Smithsonian sites and other organizations in the DC area to interview subject-matter experts.

 

Desired Skills

*Students studying Communications, Broadcast Journalism, or Digital Arts are encouraged to apply.

*Outgoing, friendly and personable.

*Interest in science or science education.

*Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite software.

*Skills in video recording and editing, interviewing, blog writing.

*Knowledge of various web languages (HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3, etc.)

*Knowledge of how to develop and design web applications.

 

Stipend

$2500/15 weeks.

 

Application Deadline

March 15, 2019

 

How to Apply

Apply online through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment System (SOLAA) and search for Smithsonian Science Education Center.  Please carefully review the position description(s) prior to applying.

Once you have created an account and logged into SOLAA, you will need to complete all the required

information including:

  • A current resume
  • A short essay including learning objectives
  • Two references from professors, advisors, or recent employers

 

Candidates will be asked to interview by phone.