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Whaling to Watching: Creating Science Communication Products for the Whaleship Morgan Sanctuary Cruises

Summary / Description

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The former whaleship Charles W. Morgan (a property of Mystic Seaport) undertakes its 38th voyage during the summer of 2014.  Instead of hunting and killing whales, the goal of this trip is to educate the public about the history of whaling as well as today’s efforts to understand and protect these marine mammals.  During the course of the mission, the Morgan will sail into Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to study whales. Port calls include several former whaling communities along the New England coast.

You will work directly with the sanctuary’s education/outreach coordinator and other staff to

  • Develop press releases and backgrounders about sanctuary science related to the mission;
  • Prepare B-roll video and photo assets;
  • Develop new web content and edit existing web pages about sanctuary resources, research and maritime history;
  • Assist in the writing/editing of the sanctuary’s bi-monthly web-published newsletter; and
  • Help staff the NOAA/sanctuary exhibit during Morgan’s port calls.

Skills Required

Strong writing skills, understanding of marine conservation issues and science, ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team as well as independently. Familiarity with Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver are desired. Knowledge and comfort with graphic design, videography and photography, experience in video editing, and willingness to work with the public.

Other Information

Internship Location: Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Scituate, MA 02066 (south of Boston and north of Cape Cod; some duties may entail traveling to Plymouth and/or Provincetown)

Intern Supervisor: Anne Smrcina / Number of slots available: 1

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