ASPIRE Internship: Adventure Science Center TWISTER Intern

Ashley Brady
September 8, 2016
Posted in Announcements

Adventure Science Center
800 Fort Negley Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37203
TWISTER Internship 2016

The Adventure Science Center (ASC) is an independent, not-for-profit educational institution that ignites curiosity and inspires the lifelong discovery of science. TWISTER (Tennessee Women in Science, Technology, Engineering & Research) is a daylong professional conference for high school girls, presented by women working in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Research) professions.

TWISTER’s mission is to inform high school aged young women about possible STEM career paths, by providing opportunities for participants to connect with positive female role models working in STEM fields and to engage in hands-on, real-life STEM activities. Since 2003, over 1,300 students have attended TWISTER and over 300 women have volunteered as presenters.

Position Description

Adventure Science Center’s Education Department seeks an intern to assist with planning and coordinating the TWISTER 2017 conference event to take place on Saturday, February 11, 2017. The TWISTER Intern will sit on the TWISTER planning committee and play an integral role in presenter and volunteer acquisition, session planning, and data analysis.

Internship Details

  • Internship period is October-December 2016.
  • Hours may vary, but the expectation is 4-8 hours a week; Monday availability preferred.
  • Internship is unpaid.
  • Internship provides exposure to and experience with event planning, event communication and marketing, data collection and analysis, testing evaluation methods, youth development, and STEM education and career promotion.
  • Intern will work directly with Adventure Science Center Education Department staff. Internship logistics will be handled by the Volunteer Coordinator and internship content will be handled by the School Programming Manger.
  • Intern selection is dependent upon successful completion of a background check.

Essential Job Functions

  • Attend monthly committee meetings on the second Monday of every month
  • Enter, organize, and analyze data collected from conference and session evaluations
  • Create and update event evaluation methods with a specific focus on evaluating changes in STEM topic interest levels
  • Assist with finding, reaching out to, and recruiting women in STEM professions to present and volunteer
  • Assist with communication appeals and social media marketing for TWISTER
  • Assist with STEM topic and theme planning to make the event fun and relevant to current events

Desired Job Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Traits

  • Passionate about a field of STEM
  • Strong desire to increase female interest in STEM professions
  • Highly motivated; strong work-ethic
  • Strong communication skills; various writing experience is a plus
  • Strong organization and time management skills
  • Adaptable to changing circumstances and goals
  • Ability to work and research tasks independently
  • MS Office software proficiency
  • Social media proficiency
  • Prior experience in event planning, data analysis, and/or youth development is a plus

Applications due  by 12:00 noon Monday, October 3, 2016

  • Complete the the following ASPIRE Internship Application found here: (
  • Please send a CV and cover letter answering the following question:  What do you enjoy most about working in a STEM field and why is increasing the number of women in STEM careers important to you? Submit documents as pdfs with your last name_ ASCFa2016 in the file name to Ashley Brady at
  • Set up an in-person meeting with Ashley Brady prior to the application deadline.

Your information will then be passed along to the organization who will contact you directly to schedule an interview.


Please review ASPIRE Internship FAQs: Found here
​For further questions, please contact Ashley Brady (

ASPIRE 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.