Student FAQ

Why should I participate?

Here are just a few good reasons to join an ASC training session:

-- Get job skills, life skills and real world experience.

-- Learn about critical issues in sustainability, biotech, science health, and the environment.

-- Make friends and meet people in your community.

-- Expand your world, change the world!

How old do I have to be?

Our students are typically high school & college age, from 15-21. We do expect that our ASC reporters will be capable of completing some assignments indepedently.

What if I don't have any previous journalism experience?

No prior experience is necessary. All you need is an interest in learning more about communications, the environment, journalism, science, and/or biotechnology.

Can I still participate if English isn't my first language?

Yes! We welcome all students, at all academic levels. Our English Language Learner classes and workshops will build your language and communication skills, helping you succeed in school and in your everyday life.

How long is each training session?

Our after-school and in-class sessions are usually 8-12 weeks long. Summer sessions are a bit shorter - between 6 and 8 weeks - but structured so you get the same benefits and experience in fewer weeks.

How much time can I expect to spend on ASC activities?

The number of hours each student spends can vary, but you'll spend anywhere from four to six hours per week - either in class, on a field trip, or at home.

What are some of the activities I'll get to do?

As an ASC student, you'll do many different activities with various teachers, guests and facilitators. EarthScope instructors lead many classes, but you might also have guest teachers for social media and blogging, attend "green" conferences, or go on field trips to a local news station, green business, or wildlife rescue center.

Will I get to choose what kind of stories I report on?

If there are pressing news stories that need to be heard immediately, we will prioritize them. But we also support your interests and encourage you to find your own voice while producing and sharing your stories with fellow interns and the public. Habitat preservation, water conservation, clean energy, animal rescue, "green" business, advances in biotech - these are just a few of the topics you might choose from.

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