Marspedia:Science Journalism Internship Program

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Marspedia Internship Program

Marspedia is a free online encyclopedia covering all aspects of the planet Mars including scientific topics.  The Mars Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization is the primary parent organization of Marspedia. Marspedia offers an unpaid internship program in partnership with several Universities worldwide.  This program is perfect for Science Journalism students who’d like to build their skillset and work on a hands-on project that has tangible results to help the field they are entering.

Marspedia staff will provide interns with:

·       training on how to use Mediawiki (our publishing platform),

·       maintaining a task board and ensuring interns are matched with tasks they can accomplish & grow with

·       assistance and oversight via regular 1:1 check-ins, and during our weekly editorial call to ensure they have everything they need to contribute effectively to the encyclopedia.

Time Commitment

·       Students completing an internship for academic credit must typically complete at least 120 hours over the course of the Fall/Spring/Summer program.  Exact details depend on the university program they are in, and Marspedia’s opportunities can be adjusted to match those requirements.

·       Non-credit internships have a time commitment as well. Exact Time commitment agreed upon ahead of time.

·       A time tracking tool will be utilized to provide records of participation.

Important Dates  (exact dates are flexible to meet academic calendars)

Fall 2018 Pilot

·       October 1st – Begin Fall Pilot Program

·       Weekly Editorial Call:  Mondays 11:30am PST / 2:30pm EST More details on: Editorial Team Site

·       Mid Dec – final intern reviews

·       December 31th – End of Pilot Program

Spring 2019 Program

·       Jan 9th - Applications Due

·       Weekly Editorial Call: Mondays 11:30am PST / 2:30pm EST More details on: Editorial Team Site

·       Jan 21st – Spring Program Begins

·       Late May – Final intern reviews

·       May 31st – End of Spring Program

Summer 2019 Program

·       June 1st – Summer Program Begins

·       Weekly Editorial Call: Mondays 11:30am PST / 2:30pm EST More details on: Editorial Team Site

·       Late Aug – Final Intern Reviews

·       Aug 15th – End of Summer Program