What if we could grow everything? At Ginkgo Bioworks, headquartered in Boston, MA, we use the most advanced technology on the planet—biology—to help companies grow better products. Our cell programming platform allows us to design with biology and engineer custom microbes, everything from materials to food to therapeutics. We power our labs with software and automation in order to widen our view of biodiversity and the possibilities that nature holds.
Synthetic biology is not always an easy thing to visualize or understand. Ginkgo’s Creative Team is passionate about finding new mediums to tell the story of synthetic biology, whether through our magazine, Grow by Ginkgo; creative projects in museums; booths at conferences; or strategic thinking around expanding our partnerships. We’re vision-setters who spend our time dreaming of possibilities, and go-getters who make those ideas happen.
As a Science Communications Intern, you’ll work with our Creative Team to write content and refine Ginkgo’s brand and messaging. You’ll be a key member of our small team of multidisciplinary individuals who thrive at the intersection of the creative and the technical.
Please note: this is a paid internship that will take place during Summer 2020. Along with your application, we ask that you please submit some examples of your written work.
Project Examples and Responsibilities:
- Write for Ginkgo’s blog, newsletter, social media accounts, and Grow, Ginkgo’s magazine
- Build case studies highlighting new work in synthetic biology
- Develop materials to educate general audiences about synthetic biology and its applications
- Support initiatives for internal communication that bridge between technical and social dimensions of biotechnology
Desired Experience and Capabilities:
- Undergraduate junior/senior or graduate student, with a passion for storytelling, science, and technology
- Strong communications skills, with the ability to quickly craft stories, create content, and iterate on words
- High level of thought and motivation toward uncovering the human side of science
- Coursework in or basic experience with biology
We also feel it’s important to point out the obvious here – there’s a serious lack of diversity in our industry and it needs to change. Our goal is to help drive that change. Ginkgo is deeply committed to diversity, equality, and inclusion in all of its practices, especially when it comes to growing our team. We hope to continue to build a company whose culture promotes inclusion and embraces how rewarding it is to work with engineers from all walks of life. Making biology easier to engineer is a tough nut to crack – we can’t afford to leave any talent untapped.
It is the policy of Ginkgo Bioworks to provide equal employment opportunities to all employees and employment applicants.