Seeking Content Creators and Writers: Opportunity for Work-Study Students

July 22, 2021

Students working together.

Build your creative content portfolio by helping us tell the stories of collaborative, interdisciplinary research and education at Duke through paid positions with the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Bass Connections program.

Hone your skills in writing, multimedia and/or social media as part of a pilot cohort of students who will produce and share creative content spotlighting the activities of their classmates through a variety of digital platforms.

These remote positions are up to 10 hours per week. At the end of the year, your evaluations will help us improve this new work-study program.

Who’s Eligible to Apply

Duke undergraduate and master’s students who are eligible for work-study (federal or Duke) and who reside in North Carolina during the 2021-2022 academic year

What You Could Do

  • Write short posts or longer feature stories
  • Interview students, faculty members, alumni or groups
  • Create short videos or audio clips
  • Sit in on someone else’s (not your own) interdisciplinary class or Bass Connections team meeting and report on their work
  • Go along on local fieldwork for classes or teams (not your own) and shoot photos or video
  • Create posts for Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter
  • Recruit for, and design, story takeovers
  • Design graphics
  • Create a website or other digital presentation
  • Attend and document talks and events
  • Work on your own or partner with other students to develop and carry out story ideas
  • And more! These are just a few examples, and we’re open to creative ideas.

What’s in It For You

  • Gain communications and digital publishing experience and skills as you take on creative projects throughout the year and receive supportive feedback
  • Generate published clips for your resume or portfolio
  • Set your own schedule and choose how many hours to work
  • Learn about fascinating research taking place across campus
  • Enjoy the freedom to try new things without worrying about grades

How This Would Work

  • We’ll post ideas for stories and other projects on a group email listserv. You’ll reply-all if you’re interested.
  • You’ll be encouraged to pitch your own ideas too; check with us before starting to work.
  • We’ll provide guidance and help with arrangements for sitting in on a class or team meeting when needed.
  • All work is remote, and hours are not scheduled.
  • Hours may vary, up to a maximum of 10 hours per week.
  • Students will enter the actual number of hours worked each week and submit biweekly time cards.
  • Pay: $12-$15/hour based on student level and experience

How to Apply

Please send an email to Sarah Dwyer with the following:

  • Subject line: Content Creators and Writers
  • Resume
  • Short statement (about 150-200 words) introducing yourself and telling us why you’re interested in this opportunity
  • Brief statement of your eligibility for work-study and confirmation that you plan to live in NC during the fall and/or spring (we hope students will participate for the full year but this is not required)
  • Optional, but encouraged: 2-3 examples of your work (school journalism, nonacademic writing, photography, video, design, podcasts, websites, presentations, other)