About the Organization
Founded in 2013, Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development (“Children and Screens”) is an interdisciplinary 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in New York. Children and Screens seeks objective, scientific answers to questions about the cognitive, psychological, and physical impacts of digital media on toddlers, children, and adolescents — and attempts to understand how this population interacts with media at home, with friends, at school, and in their communities.
We are committed to the following aims:
- Advance objective scientific research and increase research funding in the emerging field of digital media and children;
- Develop human capital in the field — for instance, by providing a forum for researchers, clinicians, and other experts from a wide variety of disciplines to meet, collaborate, and share research; and
- Raise awareness about key issues and provide the public, parents, clinicians, educators, and policymakers with resources and information to make informed decisions.
With leadership from its founder, Dr. Pamela Hurst-Della Pietra, Children and Screens is guided by a National Scientific Advisory Board made up of experts from diverse disciplines who bring their expertise to bear on complex questions at the intersection of children and digital media. Children and Screens also has a Board of Trustees that provides governance and organizational advice and a network of hundreds of medical and social scientists, educators, and neuroscientists active in the field who provide support and guidance. In addition, Children and Screens has established informal partnerships with a number of organizations working in this area.
Children and Screens understands that it is not enough to look at questions of digital media use among children from a single perspective — whether medical, educational, or sociological. Rather, effective research requires a multidisciplinary, comprehensive, “kaleidoscopic” approach. For this reason, Children and Screens staff, partners, and colleagues represent a wide range of fields, including pediatrics, child psychiatry, child psychology, neuroscience, communications, public health, and education. By bringing together experts from across both the medical and social sciences, Children and Screens seeks to broaden how the field is defined, the types of questions that can be asked, and the kinds of impacts that can be investigated.
By fostering scientific research and collaborations, Children and Screens is working to address three urgent questions:
- How is digital media enhancing and/or impairing children’s ability to live happy, healthy, and productive lives?
- How are years of electronically mediated interactions shaping children’s physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development?
- What should we do about it?
In October 2015, Children and Screens partnered with the National Academy of Sciences to host the Digital Media and Developing Minds Sackler Colloquia attended by nearly 200 leading researchers, clinicians, and other experts in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, sociology, anthropology, communications, education, public health, and public policy. Out of this inaugural conference came the field’s first national research agenda and a clarified vision for the Institute.
The convening also marked the beginning of a scientific collaboration among 22 interdisciplinary workgroups and more than 140 researchers to provide a comprehensive assessment of our current knowledge and what we need to know and learn about the impacts of digital media on children, toddlers, and adolescents. Their work culminated in research findings that were published in a special supplement in the prestigious journal, Pediatrics, in November 2017.
Heralding the report’s release, Children and Screens hosted its first Interdisciplinary Summit on Children and Screen Time at the National Press Club in Washington D.C., where a distinguished panel of experts summarized the findings, held a public question and answer forum and offered recommendations and practical guidelines for policy makers, clinicians, scientists, educators and parents.
In January 2018, Children and Screens co-sponsored with the National Institute of Child Health and Development a scientific workshop on media exposure and early child development. Children and Screens will co-host and co-sponsor its second Digital Media and Developing Minds national Congress, October 15-18th, 2018, with Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island, NY, where the Congress will be held.
This internship, beginning immediately, is an opportunity for undergraduate students in their junior year or senior year, recent college graduates or graduate students with a major in journalism, media or communications disciplines.
Qualified candidates will receive a stipend upon completion. Housing can be provided housing for eligible applicants. Applicants can work part-time or full time, with some flexibility around prior educational commitments. The internship is based in Old Field, New York and will last a semester or longer. We want this opportunity to be as mutually fulfilling as possible to both the Institute and intern, so we will take care to assess each candidate’s capabilities and goals, and will tailor the role accordingly.
Interns will provide writing and publicity support and coordination to the President and to the Executive Assistant. Interns will be responsible for a variety of tasks including, but not limited to the following:
- Assist with communications projects
- Identify relevant media targets and update media lists as needed
- Monitor print and broadcast media for coverage that includes mention of Institute projects and experts
- Create graphics and content for our various media platforms
- Write articles for Institute’s website and blog
- Attend and observe Institute meetings and events for coverage
- Assist with the planning of meetings and events
- Work with producer of web video series
- Monitor and update Children and Screens’ social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) on a regular basis
- Organize, create and disseminate the special Children and Screens Newsletter highlighting the new supplement publication
In addition to providing support to the Communications team directly, interns will have the opportunity to attend internal meetings and network with other interns within the Institute. Responsibilities can be adapted to applicant’s skills and interests.
Education, Skills, and Experience
Graduate or undergraduate students working towards a degree in journalism or communications are encouraged to apply. Recent college graduates are also encouraged to apply.
- Must type 60+ WPM
- Must be proficient in all Microsoft programs
- Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop is preferred
- Experience with WordPress is preferred
- Must be willing to learn how to use newly introduced programs
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all positions are filled. To be considered, applicants must be authorized to work in the United States.
To apply, applicants must email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- A cover letter highlighting your educational experience and skills, along with an explanation of how this internship will contribute to your professional goals; and
- A resume, transcript and contact information for two academic or professional references. Unofficial transcripts and letters of recommendation rather than references are acceptable.
Children and Screens: Institute of Digital Media and Child Development is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes candidates from diverse backgrounds.