Consortium for Dark Sky Studies


  • Hours/Week: Approximately 10 hours/week. Schedule may vary weekly depending on meetings and events. The maximum weekly commitment is 15 hours/week.
  • Work Schedule: Flexible, but the intern will be expected to attend scheduled meetings
  • Start Date: Decided upon offer
  • End Date: Decided upon offer
  • Compensation: None. (Check out the Career Exploration Scholarship for College of Science students on Academic Works to help fund you for this opportunity!)


The Consortium for Dark Sky Studies (CDSS) is an academic center within the University of Utah. Its mission is to continue education surrounding the impacts of dark skies, examine interdisciplinary research opportunities, and continue the discussion about the impact of artificial lights at night. As part of this mission, CDSS operates the Journal of Dark Sky Studies (JDSS) and promotes research on the topic. The CDSS intern’s responsibilities will encompass both the research center and the journal.

Research Center:

  • Manage research center
  • Schedule, organize, facilitate, and attend meetings, including taking minutes and attending to any necessary follow-up as a result of the meetings.
  • Handle email and other communications for the center, including responding to communications and requests in a timely manner (within two business days)
  • Manage the website and provide website content
  • Other tasks as assigned


  • Collect manuscripts for journal publication
  • Work with authors on timing and improvement of manuscripts
  • Facilitate communication between the editorial board and the Marriott Library who are the archiving entity for the JDSS
  • Develop strategies to further the reach of the JDSS

Desired Attributes/Skills:

  • Strong prioritization, time-management, organizational, and communication skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft office suite, particularly Word and Excel
  • Independent and responsible worker
  • Some exposure to WordPress is nice to have, although not required

To apply: Email your resume and cover letter to to be considered.