E-Connect Communications Fellowship

We are not currently hiring E-Connect Fellows.

The E-Connect Fellowship is a paid environmental communications fellowship at NCEAS that is open to all UCSB graduate and undergraduate students. It provides opportunities to build professional skills, experience, and a communications portfolio.

Through the fellowship, students will

  • Gain practical experience and know-how in communicating science to a variety of audiences, including nontechnical audiences;
  • Create original communications products for their portfolios;
  • Build a base of skills with multiple communications techniques, such as journalistic writing, web writing, various forms of digital storytelling, social media, fundraising communications, and graphic communications;
  • Receive close mentorship from science communication professionals;
  • Collaborate with other Fellows; and
  • Develop a great network of scientists and professionals. 


E-Connect Fellows support communications activities for NCEAS and two of its major initiatives, the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network’s Communications Office and the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP). Tasks could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Write short-form articles for the LTER newsletter
  • Write short- and long-form articles for the NCEAS “e-magazine”
  • Update and create content for the NCEAS, LTER, and/or SNAPP websites
  • Create outreach materials, such as case studies or flyers
  • Create digital media products, such as infographics and Story Maps
  • Support fundraising efforts with the creation of development communications materials
  • Help track media coverage and new publications from our research teams
  • Help with social media, especially Facebook

Fellows typically have the opportunity to work on at least one special communications product per quarter, in addition to their more regular tasks.

We ask Fellows to commit to 10 hours/week during the school year. In summer, there is typically the opportunity to work more hours, up to 20 hours/week.

Desired Qualifications

  • Current UCSB student with a passion for communications and ambitions to pursue a career that would benefit from training in science and environmental communications
  • Excellent writing skills, especially an ability to write in an engaging and accessible style. Experience or training in writing for nontechnical audiences is highly desirable.
  • Creative, proactive, and team-oriented
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and an ability to meet deadlines
  • Knowledge of, or confidence to learn, digital communications tools as needed for specific projects, including web development, HTML, graphic design (especially Adobe Creative Suite), video editing, and data visualization.


To apply, please send your resume, a letter of interest, and a writing sample to Jenny Seifert at seifert [at] nceas.ucsb.edu by December 22, 2017. If you would like to highlight graphic or web design skills in addition, please include links to recent work. Please put “E-Connect Fellowship" in the subject line.