Living Lab Program
Columnist and Publicity Coordinator

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Resume and Cover Letter Requested

Hours Per Week: 8-10 hrs.
Wage: $14/hr.

Description of the Internship:

The selected student will interview faculty researching sustainability topics from the social sciences, natural sciences, humanities, and fine arts.  The student will write articles on the faculty through our blog, news articles, twitter, and the web.  Each article will introduce the student to new and exciting research from diverse disciplines.  The student will also help raise awareness about faculty research through our Nerd Night Program.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Interview faculty on their research
  • Write news articles for our campus sustainability newsletter
  • Create social media posts regarding campus research related to sustainability
  • Host a Nerd Night series of informal research talks in Isla Vista.

Eligibility Requirements

Minimum Requirements:

  • Independent thinker capable of collaborating to design and implement programs and practices;
  • Engaging writer;
  • Strong editing skills;
  • Effective note-taking skills;
  • Strong professional communication;
  • Proficient in reading published academic articles in scientific journals;
  • Good time management experience, and;
  • Possesses a broad interest in sustainable research.

Preferred, but Not Required or Expected:

  • Proficiency with technical writing;
  • Experience writing articles for newspapers or other media.


The Living Program launched several years ago and has a substantial archive of articles on UCSB faculty.  In the past year, we have more actively pursued the nerd night program.  Nerd Night is a program where we ask Faculty to give informal and engaging research talks at locations that are familiar for students such as a local pizza joint.  We hope that this encourages more students to engage with faculty that they might have not met or heard talk in other settings.

The students will meet with a project advisor at least once a week for consistent and ongoing mentorship and one on one training.  In addition this, the selected student will frequently meet with professional staff in the field, faculty with expertise in this area, student leaders, and other campus and community stakeholders to receive feedback and further guidance.

To Apply

Please read all of the instructions for this program and the job posting carefully in order to ensure that you have the best chance of being selected.  Submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest in the position to Katie Maynard by the deadline at the top of this posting.  If you were eligible for work-study in the past year, please note this in the cover letter. Work-study is not required, but is preferred.

UCSB Career Services offers support and advising in writing résumés. Please consider taking advantage of their generous services, especially if this is the first time you have written a résumé.

Please ensure that when you apply the subject line of your email and your email body indicate clearly that you are applying for the “Living Lab”.  We have several positions currently open ranging across multiple programs.

For More Information
Please email Katie Maynard,  after having read the above information thoroughly.

Please also note that we  have several other positions available as well, please see the full list at: