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2023 Internship - Communications - Public Affairs

Job Description


Do you have a passion for writing and media outreach?


Are you an organized fast paced individual who enjoys a variety of communications-oriented work?


If so, we are looking for someone like you to join our team.


The Public Affairs intern will work alongside creative and technical professionals to help them craft effective written communications for internal and external audiences, and gain other experience such as interviewing, media monitoring, media pitching and web content set-up.


While a background in science, technology, engineering and math is not required, a love of communication in its varying forms is a must.


As a Public Affairs intern you will…


  • Write communications for internal- and external-facing audiences, across a range of science and engineering topics
  • Produce internal communications that cover everything from important staff information, personal stories and the discoveries and critical contributions of APL staff members to challenges facing the nation.
  • Contribute to our internal, bi-weekly staff newsletter
  • Follow and uphold editorial guidelines
  • Work with other departments to ensure consistency in messaging to staff and external audiences.


You meet our minimum qualifications for the job if the following applies to you:

  • You are currently enrolled and majoring in a communications-related field (e.g., Public Affairs, Public Relations, Journalism, Mass Media Arts, Graphics Design).
  • You have at least three examples of your work that you can share. Please include a link to your portfolio of work for review.
  • You have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • You have strong verbal communication skills with an ability to present ideas coherently and persuasively.
  • You possess a strong attention to detail, organization and follow-through.
  • You have the ability to work on deadline, set priorities, and work independently.
  • Can demonstrate that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. To ensure the safety and well-being of the community, APL has established a policy requiring that all staff be vaccinated against COVID-19. All staff members must provide proof of full vaccination or have an approved medical or religious accommodation by their start date.
  • To access APL’s facilities and networks, US Citizenship or permanent resident status is required, subject to applicable laws.


You will go above and beyond our minimum requirements if you:

  • Have recently contributed articles to a local/university/organization news publication (newspaper, newsletter, journal, blog, etc.)
  • Possess familiarity with style guides, including the Associated Press Stylebook



Why work at APL?


The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) brings world-class expertise to our nation’s most critical defense, security, space and science challenges. While we are dedicated to solving complex challenges and pioneering new technologies, what makes us truly outstanding is our culture. We offer a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere where you can bring your authentic self to work, continue to grow, and build strong connections with inspiring teammates.


At APL, we celebrate our differences and encourage creativity and bold, new ideas. Our employees enjoy generous benefits, including a robust education assistance program, unparalleled retirement contributions, and a healthy work/life balance. APL’s campus is located in the Baltimore-Washington metro area. Learn more about our career opportunities at


About Us

APL is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, occupation, marital or familial status, political opinion, personal appearance, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


APL is committed to promoting an innovative environment that embraces diversity, encourages creativity, and supports inclusion of new ideas. In doing so, we are committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals of all abilities, including those with disabilities. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate in any part of the hiring process, please contact Accommodations@jhuapl.edu. Only by ensuring that everyone’s voice is heard are we empowered to be bold, do great things, and make the world a better place.

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