SCOM 404: Internship


The idea is for students to get some practical experience working in an institution or area relevant to science communication.

The type of work that may be carried out can be variable and negotiable. All we ask is that it has some meaningful connection to the communication of science or natural history.

All work is on a voluntary unpaid basis.


  • The aim of the internship is to gain some workplace experience on some aspect of communicating science to the public.

Examples of components of this paper:

While much of what you get out of it will be the personal benefit you derive from the real-world experience, we nevertheless need a component of the internship that can be assessed. To that end, students are assessed on the agreed output(s) for the internship and a report you submit on your experience.

The form and length of the report may vary depending upon the project but should include the following:

Description of Work/Project
This should be a detailed description of the work you are doing/observing and the project which it is part of. It is important to put the work into the context of the overall project and its role in communicating science.

A Diary of your Internship
This should be a detailed diary of exactly what you did or observed during the course of your internship. Report on how things went, whether there were any difficulties, how these were overcome, etc.

A Critique
The idea here is that you should critique the work you are doing or observing. Remember that critiquing something is not the same as being critical of something. You should evaluate the work, noting both the good and bad features. Where possible, suggest means of improvement, especially with reference to the overall aim of trying to communicate a story or science more effectively.

A Summary
This should summarize what you got out of the internship in terms of value for you. That is, what have you learnt that you might apply in a future career involved with natural history filmmaking or communication?

Examples of Internships:

  • Work with Portobello Marine Laboratory to produce an educational video on how crustaceans feed.
  • Work at Cosmos magazine in Sydney, Australia, as a writing intern.
  • Produce a display for the Gasworks Museum.
  • Make a short film about salmon for a salmon hatchery.


Available ONLY to students enrolled in a Master of Science Communication (MSciComm) degree.

Next Application Deadlines

Applications for PhD study can be accepted at any time.

New Zealand Resident Applications for second semester study (excluding Science and Natural History Filmmaking) close 2 June

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