USA National Phenology Network: Outreach Materials Design Intern

Position Title: Outreach Materials Design Intern
Reports to: Ellen Denny
Hours/Week: 15
Internship Date Range: May 29, 2023 – Aug 18, 2023
Location: Remote work acceptable; office space available on campus

About the Resilience Internships and Student Experiences (RISE) Program:

The RISE Program is hosted by the Arizona Institute for Resilience (AIR) and aims to provide both undergraduate and graduate students with paid internships related to resilient environments and societies. RISE internships give students experience in workplace settings with an opportunity to grow their interpersonal skills and prepare them for careers after graduation.

About the USA National Phenology Network:

The USA National Phenology Network (USA-NPN), based at the University of Arizona, brings together volunteer observers, government agencies, non-profit groups, educators, and students of all ages to monitor the impacts of climate change on plants and animals in the United States.

Internship summary:

A major activity of the USA-NPN is to host Nature’s Notebook, a plant and animal phenology observing program used by thousands of professional and volunteer scientists. Phenology refers to the timing of seasonal events, such as leaf-out and bloom in plants and egg hatch, emergence from hibernation, and migration in animals. The USA-NPN offers a wide range of materials to support volunteer participants in Nature’s Notebook to understand what it is they are being asked to observe and how to identify specific features of plants and animals. One such document is the Phenophase Primer for Plants, an instructional manual that explains and depicts the details and nuance of various seasonal stages in plant life cycles– phenophases. We seek assistance in the final stages of design and layout to bring this document to completion.

Internship description:

The student will work closely with Ellen Denny, USA-NPN Monitoring Design & Data Coordinator to integrate existing content and photos into an InDesign template. Ideally, the intern will already have experience with InDesign; alternatively, we seek a candidate with relevant experience in layout and design and an ability to quickly pick up new software. The intern would have ample opportunity to interface with members of the USA-NPN team and learn more about botany and phenology and all that the organization does. The internship would also result in a manual that will be used by many Nature’s Notebook participants for many years to come.


The Outreach Materials Design Intern intern is compensated by the University of Arizona. The pay rate will be $18/hour.

How to Apply:

Application portal or send resume directly to Theresa Crimmins (

Applications for the Outreach Materials Design Intern must be submitted no later than May 26, 2023.

Looking for more opportunities?

Find more student funding and engagement opportunities by browsing our database.

Engagement Opportunities  Scholarships & Funding