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EARTH Magazine is your source for the science behind the headlines, covering the latest happenings in Earth, energy and environment news. Combine your love of science and passion for writing with a science writing internship at EARTH this summer.

EARTH is currently accepting applications for the summer 2015 internship.

The intern will work as a full member of the EARTH staff for the summer. Tasks include: pitching and writing news, trends, profiles and feature articles for print; copyediting and proofreading; art research; writing news articles for EARTH online; and keeping up our social media presence. There is also the potential for illustration and multimedia work for the right candidate.

This internship is intended for young writers seeking careers in science writing. Preference is given to candidates pursuing or holding an advanced degree in journalism and with a background in science, especially earth science, or with an advanced degree in science and a strong background in journalism. Upperclassmen with strong science and writing backgrounds, as well as experienced writers transitioning to science writing are also welcome to apply. The successful candidate will have a proven record of being self-motivated and entrepreneurial.

The internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $4,000 stipend. Starting date is flexible.

The successful candidate has the choice to complete the internship at EARTH’s headquarters at the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, Va., or remotely from his or her location of choice — anywhere in the U.S.

Send a résumé, three writing samples and a letter describing what you hope to gain from the internship and how your previous experience makes you most suitable for this position via email

All applications must be received by March 13, 2015.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer.


We have an immediate need at the University of Guam's Water & Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific (WERI) for a graduate research assistant in environmental science preferably starting in January 2015, and certainly in August, which a strong prospect of additional funding for at least one more research assistantship starting in August 2015. These opportunities are associated with some of the collaborative work in which WERI and the USGS’s Pacific Island Water Science Center (Honolulu) are engaged, including the possible expansion of the Guam's groundwater monitoring system, which they service for us.

These RA opportunities would support MSci thesis research in the University's graduate Environmental Science Program. Research opportunities include studies of karst groundwater hydrology on topics ranging from vadose percolation, storage and recharge  Closely related work involves groundwater responses to storms and seasonal and longer-term changes in rainfall, and possibly even direct observation of the flow of phreatic groundwater (fresh and salt) in deep wells in coastal/island karst. Another project involves reconstruction of wet-dry cycles of the past 100,000 year from cave deposits in northern Guam, in which we are collaborating with geochemists at the University of Texas-Austin. The successful candidate will work with a team of other graduate students at the University of Guam as well as a post-doctoral researcher and faculty at the University of Texas-Austin. Contact John Jenson, Ph.D., Water & Environmental Research Institute of the Western Pacific, University of Guam, Mangilao, GU 96923 for information. Office phone: 1 671 735 2689. Time zone: GMT+10.

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Change lives. Teach science.

Learn to teach Earth and Space science with the American Museum of Natural History in New York City!

+ Apply for a FULLY PAID fellowship in a program that prepares you to teach Earth science in middle and high schools in New York City and New York State.

+ Learn to teach in museum and school settings with the support of teacher education faculty and experienced residency school mentors.

+ Benefit from the Museum’s world-class collections and laboratories as you study and conduct research with renowned scientists.

+ Share your passion for science and learning by teaching in high-needs schools after graduation with continued professional and financial support.

The Master of Arts in Teaching Urban Residency Program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City invites you to change lives and make a difference by teaching science! We are seeking students from diverse life and career experiences, including recent college graduates, veterans, volunteer corp participants, and career changers. Apply now online to start your new life inspiring the next generation of scientists.

Join us for an informational webinar or open house at the Museum! Details at

With deepest appreciation, the Museum acknowledges Kathryn W. Davis for her generous founding support. The MAT program is also supported by the New York State Education Department and by the National Science Foundation under Grant numbers DRL-1119444 and DUE-1340006. Additional support has been provided by the Booth Ferris Foundation.

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The William L. Wilson Scholarship in Karst Science was established in 2002 to recognize the significant karst science contributions of the late William (Bill) L. Wilson. Bill Wilson used a variety of techniques, and unusual creativity, to tackle some of the most difficult karst science questions in Florida and elsewhere. He developed a leading karst consulting company in the United States, Subsurface Evaluations, Incorporated. To stimulate the development of new, energetic, motivated, and creative karst scientists, and to remember Bill Wilson and his dedication to karst science, the scholarship has been established in his memory. The value of the scholarship as a one-time award is $1,000.

To apply for the William L. Wilson Scholarship, the following conditions exist:

1) The applicant must be currently enrolled in, or have been accepted into, a master’s degree program at an institution of higher education in the United States. Ph.D. students are not eligible.

2) A written proposal of the planned karst study must be submitted.  It is limited to 1000 words or less for the narrative, not counting figure captions and references. The research topic should be one concerning karst science, from the field of geochemistry, geology or hydrology. A very simple budget indicating how the funds would be used should also be included (it does not count in the 1000 word limit). Applicants are requested to not recycle master’s thesis proposals as applications.

3) Academic transcripts of undergraduate, and any graduate work, should be submitted. Copies issued to the student by their institution are preferred.

4) Two letters of recommendation, with one of them from the student’s advisor or mentor, should be submitted. It is requested that these letters be emailed directly to by the letter writers.

5) Applications are due by February 2, 2015. They should be submitted electronically as a single pdf file that includes the proposal, budget, and all transcripts to: Dr. Jonathan B. Martin, Department of Geological Sciences, University of Florida, PO Box 112120, Gainesville, Florida 32611-2120. Email:

Questions regarding the scholarship should be addressed to Dr. Martin. Applicants will be notified in early March of the decision of the Scholarship Committee. Publications derived from supported research should acknowledge the Karst Waters Institute and the William L. Wilson Scholarship.

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EARTH Science Writing Externship

EARTH’s externship is essentially an as-you-can or as-you-feel-like-it writing opportunity for select students or inexperienced science writers. It is an opportunity for you to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story and for you to get published clips. It fits around your schedule. We work with up to three students at a time.

If you are chosen to be an EARTH extern, in any given week or month when you have time to write, you'll email us and say, "Hey, I have time to write this week." Then, either you can pitch stories to us — which we would love if you feel confident in making pitches or would at least like the practice (most students don't, or don't have the time to comb the literature looking for stories) — or we can assign you a story. That is up to you. If you'd like to pitch ideas, go for it.

If you'd like us to assign you ideas, email us when you're ready for an assignment. We'll go from there. You can write as frequently or infrequently as works for you.

You can perform this work from your location, at your leisure. Once a story is assigned, you’ll have anywhere from a few days to two weeks to turn it around once it's assigned. We do ask that you stick closely to deadlines, so please keep that in mind when you tell us when you're ready to write.

Being a monthly news magazine, we obviously work on a monthly schedule. We usually assign stories for print mid-month and they're due a week or two later, with edits to follow. If you are not free when those news stories are due, then we will work around your schedule and will most likely post your stories to our website rather than put them in print (they may still appear in print as well though — at our discretion). There is also no guarantee of publication.

Whether for print or the website, you'll get published clips, professionally edited, and we will work with you throughout the process, helping you to hone your craft. We do not pay for clips as we consider this an educational opportunity for you.

If you're interested in the experience, email your resume, a cover letter, and at least one writing sample to