Office of the Dean for Research Communications Specialist

Position Description

The Princeton University Office of the Dean for Research supports the University’s faculty, staff and students as they carry out research that aims to advance the frontiers of human knowledge and improve societal well-being. Our Communications unit supports this mission by writing and sharing stories about research in non-technical and accessible language through news and feature articles, social media and publications. We are seeking an intern who can help write and share news and information about Princeton research to broad audiences via social media, videos, and online articles. The intern will have the opportunity to meet and connect with other Princeton communications professionals and may also work with a more advanced science writing intern.


Apply By May 5th 11:59 PM EDT.


Internship Position

Communications Specialist


Maximum Number of Positions



Supervising Mentor

Catherine Zandonella, Senior Associate Director for Communications, Office of the Dean for Research


Skills You Will Need to Begin This Position

  • Ability to Write Clearly and Imaginatively
  • Ability to Make Complex Ideas Accessible to Audiences outside Specific Research Fields
  • Attention to Detail
  • Excellent Proofreading Skills
  • Familiarity with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram


Skills You Will Develop

  • Making Short Videos
  • Producing Graphics
  • Producing Infographics
  • Sharing University Research News on Social Media
  • Writing News Articles and Website Content about Research


Careers Related to This Internship

  • College or University Communications
  • Corporate Communications
  • Non-profit Communications



  • This internship welcomes all eligible applicants, including RISE and Mountainview Community students.


Materials Needed to Apply

  1. A cover letter, asserting your fit with this internship by narrating select past experiences to demonstrate the skills needed to begin the internship, and articulating in what specific ways you anticipate the internship will help prepare you for the future that you envision for yourself
  2. Three examples of your writing for a general or non-academic audience (for example news stories, personal essays, social media posts)
  3. Candidates selected as finalists should be available for a brief conversation via Zoom.

Apply By May 5th 11:59 PM EDT.


Contact Information 

Should you have questions or concerns about this internship, please reach out to Catherine Zandonella.