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OrganizationTess Ortega
TypePart Time
Application DeadlineDecember 31, 2019
College Degree Required?No
Salary Range$12/hour
Phone(434) 338-7380


At the Mind & Life Institute, we bring science and contemplative wisdom together to better understand the mind and create positive change in the world. At this critical moment in history, we’re expanding our reach beyond individual well-being to focus on societal flourishing and interconnection.

For over 30 years, Mind & Life has forged a dialogue about how science and contemplative wisdom can break down barriers within us and between us. As we deepen and expand that work, our hope is to spark a global transformation toward a society where we embrace our shared humanity.

We aim to maximize the benefits of diversity and to use diversity as a tool for enriching our organization and the field of contemplative research. We welcome candidates of all races, classes, genders, ages, religions, physical abilities, and sexual orientations.

Job Duties

Internship Overview:

The Communications Team plays an essential role in taking the work of the Mind & Life Institute and bringing it to life in a visible, tangible and accessible way for the organization’s stakeholders. In keeping with Mind & Life’s commitment to excellence and transparency, the Communications Team is responsible for creating the public face of the organization to effectively highlight and promote all programs and events, and is the driving force behind public correspondence and publications. The Communications Intern can expect to support the Communications Team in various aspects of this work including, but not limited to:

  • Writing for publications, media and public correspondence;
  • Design of print and web-based materials to support all Mind & Life activities;
  • Media production including video editing/archiving;
  • Social media research, content and posting;
  • Maintaining Mind & Life web presence;
  • Branding.

The focus of work varies each semester depending on current projects and organizational need.  

Important/Critical Activities:

  • Build social media presence (research, image selection, writing).
  • Participate in digital-media asset management (tag content with search terms, video editing).
  • Interview Mind & Life community members and write general-interest articles.
  • Assist with maintenance of Mind & Life website.
  • Assist with graphic design (print and online).

Professional Development:

Communications interns will have the opportunity to: 

  • Develop real-world experience in marketing campaign development and rollout.
  • Engage in hands-on media production education.
  • Advance writing and communication skills for marketing.
  • Gain experience working in a nonprofit setting and as a member of a team.
  • Form professional connections and learn from the dynamic Mind & Life staff and its global community of scholars, scientists and contemplatives.
  • Explore contemplative practice for personal and professional development.

Skills Required


  • Excellent organizational and computer skills and attention to detail required
  • Experience working in Google Drive platform preferred
  • Experience in digital media preferred
  • Interest in contemplative science/research preferred
  • Excellent written communication skills required
  • Ability to problem-solve, multitask, and work independently

Work Schedule

Up to 10 hours per week during the Spring Semester (Jan – May 2020)

Additional Info

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to with subject heading “Communications Intern.”