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RNA Therapeutics Institute Intern - EPSIP
Job Number: 2019-32370
Category: Interns
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Non Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Med School
Department: School - RNA Therapeutics Institute - W405400
Union Code: Non Union Position-W00-Non Benefited
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Feb. 14, 2019


Complete the online application and include a short essay either in the "resume" field (the resume and essay should be uploaded as one document) or uploaded as a cover letter on your profile. Please choose from ONE of the essay topics below (Please include within your essay, examples from personal experience, observation, research, and or scholarship. The essay should be succinct and be your original work. It should also reflect an excellent command of English grammar, style and syntax. Maximum length 200 words.):

  1. Explain how diversity has played a role in your career and how it has contributed to the professional you are today
  2. Based on your background and personal experiences, describe a situation where you fostered diversity
  3. Given your personal background, describe an experience that illustrates what you would bring to the diversity of UMass Medical School or an encounter that demonstrated the important of diversity to you
  4. Please discuss how your record of achievements has been enhanced by exposure to diverse people, places and experiences or publications


“Introduction to Scientific Communication”

The RNA Therapeutics Institute faculty are recognized as scientific trailblazers, and include a Nobel Laureate, a Gairdner Prize recipient, the 2018 RNA Society early and mid-career award recipients, and two Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators. The student will be exposed to a department conducting world-renowned research, as well the opportunity to learn how to communicate science effectively to a variety of audiences in real-world contexts. The student will also learn how to communicate the need for basic science, and which modes of communication are best for a range of audiences.

This is a 10-week internship and the pay is $15/hour. The position is expected to be full-time over those 10 weeks. 


The student will gain experience in the following areas:

  • Scientific Writing: Hone scientific writing skills by preparing material for the RTI in a variety of contexts
  • Scientific Education: Help to create educational content for lay audiences to understand objectives of the RTI (i.e. what is RNA?)
  • Digital scientific communication: Create content for the RTI’s social media channels and website
  • Scientific Marketing: Assist in scientific marketing of the RTI’s inaugural international symposium, “RNA Therapeutics: From Base Pairs to Bedsides”. Support the scientific symposium planning, as well as exposure to how to manage a scientific event on-site.

The student will have the opportunity to interact with research faculty and staff to gain knowledge and understanding of the research activities in the department.

At the end of the internship:

  • The student will prepare a presentation outlining a disease-related scientific story in which the RTI is conducting research on (why this disease, what is the RTI doing and why should the public care?)
  • The student will create a document on how to tell an interesting story (scientifically), as well as how to calibrate for a specific audience.

Individuals interested in scientific communication, or those who would like to explore this area, will find this internship valuable. Enthusiasm and attention to detail are necessary.


  • Candidates pursuing bachelor’s degree or recent graduates
  • Related experience preferred
  • Attention to detail with the ability to collect and record information from a wide variety of sources 
  • Must be reliable and able to set consistent work hours

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