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ASPIRE Internship: Science Communication Internship, VI4, PMI, VUMC

Posted by on Tuesday, November 24, 2020 in Announcements .

ASPIRE Internship Opportunity:

Science Communication Intern

Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology, and Inflammation (VI4)

 Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, VUMC


VI4 and PMI at Vanderbilt University Medical Center are looking for a Science Communication Intern.

This position provides an opportunity to contribute to VI4’s mission of training the next generation of scientists and physicians and making fundamental discoveries in the areas of infection biology, immunology, and inflammation with the goal of increasing knowledge and improving human health. The position will also work within the PMI department goals of excellence in teaching, clinical service, and research.

The intern will work under Karisa Calvitti, Social Media Coordinator for the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology & Inflammation (VI4) and the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology to execute creative communication strategies through both traditional and social media platforms. They will interpret data and design infographics and animations. In addition, the intern team will work together to create content for ImmuKnow+, which aims to incorporate different elements of science communication.

The ideal candidate must be self-motivated, a team player, results-oriented, and dedicated to the achievement of personal and team goals. This internship requires a candidate with confidence in science communication, excellent writing skills, attention to details, and an interest in science for a variety of audiences.

Click here to learn more about the internship.


  • Generate written content, images, and videos on current research and discoveries
  • Monitor and post on social networks
  • Curate and report on faculty and trainee publications
  • Design graphic materials to accompany various communications
  • Contribute to website design involving basic HTML and CSS coding
  • Assist in making marketing and creative materials for community outreach programs


  • Internship will run January-May 2021
  • Internship is unpaid
  • Part-time (~10 hours per week), flexible and remote due to COVID restrictions (subject to change)

Applications due by noon, December 14, 2020

To apply:

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here: (
  • Submit your resume, cover letter (which will show your writing style), and any social media links you manage or own (Twitter, Instagram, websites, etc) to Ashley Brady ( for review. (Please submit documents as pdfs with your last name_VI4_Sp2021 in the file name and with subject line: ASPIRE Internship: VI4 Sci Comm)
  • Schedule a Zoom meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline

Your information will then be passed along to the institute and they will contact you directly to schedule an interview.

Please review ASPIRE Internship FAQs: Found here

For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

Eligibility requirements

  • Applicants must be a current Vanderbilt University PhD student or a current postdoctoral fellow.
  • All PhD students must have completed all coursework for their degree prior to the start of the internship.
  • Biomedical PhD students must also have passed their qualifying exams before the application deadline.
  • Students and postdocs may not participate in more than one internship at a time.  More than one application may be submitted at a single time, but only one position can be accepted.
  • If you are not in a department supported by the BRET office, we will also require that you complete a form guaranteeing PI approval to participate in this program.  Please contact Ashley Brady at for more information.
  • If you are an international student or postdoctoral fellow, your visa status may affect your work eligibility. Please contact Ashley Brady ( to discuss this further.


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