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RIPE Science Communications Internship/Mentorship Fall 2022

The international Realizing Increased Photosynthetic Efficiency, or RIPE project, is looking for a student to participate in our Fall 2022 internship/mentorship program! We are looking for a student who is interested in learning more about science communications as a career and having professional experiences, previous experience in agriculture or communication is not necessary!

This is a PAID internship/mentorship opportunity funded by the inaugural Diversity Equity and Inclusion awards presented by the Committee on Diversity at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology. This program is designed to attract undergraduate students who may not have previously considered a career in agriculture science communication. We define diversity to include ethnicity, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, and/or first-generation college students.

What you’ll gain:

  • Write feature and research stories after interviewing RIPE experts

  • Develop, pitch, and implement a 10-week social media campaign

  • Help prepare for/facilitate virtual meetings

  • Help organize/update RIPE visuals and other materials

  • Assist with site tour facilitation

What you’ll receive:

  • Participate in two external-to-RIPE specialty job shadows

  • Resume review with communications professionals

  • Interview practice

  • Ideally a job reference for future applications

What we’re looking for:

  • Written communications skills (Writing for a class counts)

  • Interpersonal communication skills (Interview experience, presentation experience, networking/socializing with others)

  • Eagerness/Willingness to learn from science experts and communications professionals (Even if you don’t have any experience with science communication; if you’re willing to learn, we’re willing to teach!)

  • Hard working team member excited to share the work of RIPE researchers

  • A student who will bring a diverse background and ideas to brainstorming discussions

To apply for this internship/mentorship experience, please submit the following to news@ripe.illinois.edu by August 15th at 11:59PM:

  • Current resume

  • Cover letter explaining:

    • Why you would like to participate

    • What you think you could gain from the program

    • What you would bring to the team

    • Your availability for a one-hour interview (likely virtual) the first week of classes, August 22nd - 26th 

    • We will start reaching out to candidates about solidifying interview times on August 16th

About this position:
This internship is paid at $15/hr for between 10-15 hours a week for the duration of the Fall 2022 semester, with another opportunity during the Spring 2023 semester. The intern will be part of a three-person RIPE Communications team, reporting to the Communications Manager and working closely with the Communications Specialist.

About RIPE:
RIPE aims to improve photosynthesis and equip farmers worldwide with higher-yielding crops to ensure everyone has access to enough food to lead a healthy, productive life. RIPE is led by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with partner institutions in the US, UK, and Australia.


Illinois Summer Fellows

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The Illinois Summer Fellows (ISF) program brings first and second-year students studying biological sciences at the University of Oxford to the University of Illinois to contribute to plant science research throughout the summer months, generally from the beginning of July through the third week of September. Fellows work alongside a postdoctoral researcher mentor to support larger research projects, like RIPE, that are working toward increasing food and bioenergy production. 

2022 ISF Program COVID-19 Updates

The distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine has commenced and welcomes optimism for what our future holds. However, we must continue to be as diligent as ever in adhering to safety precautions. 

With this said, we are sad to announce that the ISF program for 2022 is canceled. We will not be accepting any ISF applications for this year, however, we look forward to when it is safer for everyone to meet together again. We hope that we can resume our program in 2023. More information for the 2023 ISF program is to come. 

Thank you in advance for your understanding as we work through this next phase of the pandemic. 


If you are interested in joining a specific lab on the project, we encourage you to reach out to the lab's principal investigator directly to inquire about future openings. If you need help identifying a lab that aligns with your skills and interests, please contact us.