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

Posted by on Thursday, December 7, 2023 in Announcements .

Science Communication Internship, VI4, PMI, VUMC


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

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 interns will work under Karisa Calvitti, Project Manager for the Vanderbilt Institute for Infection, Immunology & Inflammation (VI4) and the Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology to learn about and execute creative communication strategies through both traditional and social media platforms. They will learn to craft the perfect caption, write a compelling editorial, 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 in one platform.

The ideal candidate must be self-motivated, a team player, and dedicated to the achievement of their personal goals. This internship requires a candidate with a strong interest in science communication, attention to details, and an interest in science for a variety of audiences. An interest in creative content such as graphic design and video production is a plus.


Click here to learn more about the internship.





  • Internship will run January-May 2024, with the opportunity to extend to through the fall pending review.
  • Internship is unpaid
  • Part-time (~10 hours per week), flexible and a mix of on campus and remote work.

Applications due by midnight, Monday January 8, 2024

To apply:

  • Fill out the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here:
  • Submit a resume and cover letter (which will show your writing style) and include on the resume any social media links you manage or own (Twitter, Instagram, websites, etc). Documents can be uploaded as pdfs with your last name_Coverletter/Resume_VI4_Spring 2024  in the file name into the Redcap Application form linked above.
  • Schedule a meeting with Angela Zito 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 Angela Zito ( or 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.
  • Must be authorized to work in the US

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