Published: 05/15/2024

Interested in science communications? Work with the Stanford Human and Planetary Health Initiative to help establish and raise the profile of Stanford’s human and planetary health research, experts, and events. This opportunity is available starting in June 2024, and is ideal for a student who can commit to working part-time for at least the summer and fall quarters. 

The Human and Planetary Health Initiative is deeply committed to improving equity and advancing practical solutions in response to the most critical human and planetary health challenges. We have four key focus areas: 1) Climate and Health, 2) Pollution and Health, 3) Disease Ecology for a Changing World, 4) Food Systems, Health and the Environment. More information can be found here

The primary project of the summer will be helping to build and launch a new website for the Initiative, and once launched,  maintaining the website. Additional duties may include: collecting and sharing media coverage of Stanford human and planetary health research and expert commentary; tracking metrics around Stanford’s level of engagement in human and planetary health; producing slides; news-style writing; graphic design; email marketing, and other miscellaneous tasks to support the small and collaborative Human and Planetary Health team. 

The candidate must be able to work independently with minimal supervision, have access to a computer, be able to read and evaluate online media material quickly, and write with a minimum of grammatical errors. The ideal candidate will also have experience building and maintaining a website, leading graphic design projects, and will have content expertise in the field of human and planetary health. Ideal soft skills include reliability, initiative, flexibility to new tasks that arise, an interest in aesthetics, collaborative work-style, and a sense of curiosity. 

Familiarity with some of the following tools/platforms will help qualify applicants:

• Basic website content management systems – Drupal preferred

• Google Drive, Docs, Slides and Sheets

• Canva

• Adobe creative products

• Mailchimp


We’re looking for a student to work approximately 15-20 hours per week during the summer, and 10-15 hours per week during the school year. Schedule is flexible. Work is primarily remote though touch-down space can be reserved in the Woods office on campus. This is a paid position at a rate within range recommended by Stanford’s student wage scale. A minimum of one quarter commitment is required; students who can make longer commitments will be prioritized. 


Please send a cover letter, resume, and 2 communications samples (writing sample, designed product, website, etc.) to: Allison Phillips, Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, the job will start as soon as possible.




• At least 1 year of full-time coursework at college or university

• Must be a student in good academic standing for the duration of the job

• Must be able to work independently with minimal supervision; have access to a computer with WiFi; comfortable with technology, search, keywords; be able to read and evaluate a large volume of online media material quickly; and write in AP style with a minimum of grammatical errors.

• Knowledge of the human and planetary health field

• Strong writing skills and attention to detail

• Experience building and maintaining websites

• Experience in graphic design is desirable; an interest in design and aesthetics preferred

• Strong organizational skills, collaborative work-style, and initiative

• Creativity, openness to new ideas.


Send email to the Human and Planetary Health Managing Director: