Communications Intern - FSRI

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General – Green Earth – Safer World

At UL, we know why we come to work.

Underwriters Laboratories is seeking a communications intern to support the dynamic Research Amplification team of UL’s Fire Safety Research Institute (FSRI). The successful candidate will help build FSRI’s brand while learning from an experienced marketing leader. This is a great opportunity to help communicate our research across a variety of touchpoints and stakeholder groups and develop the messaging around the fire safety research we do at FSRI. The successful candidate will develop an in-depth understanding of communications and marketing concepts and building a portfolio of content for communications and digital and social media. The role is a part-time paid internship in an office environment in Columbia, MD. As a global safety science leader, we carefully abide by all local and government regulations. The health and safety of our staff and employees come first.

What you’ll learn & achieve:

  • Positive and collaborative, strong interpersonal skills for working effectively with others across the organization while understanding and working within FSRI’s mission and strategy.
  • Industry best practices, trends, technologies, and how to use corporate communication and social media tools.
  • Written and oral communication and presentation skills.
  • Problem solving and project management skills.
  • How to collaborate with others in a fast-paced environment with organization, attention to detail, responsiveness, and accountability.

The Successful Candidate Will Be Prepared To:

  • Collaborate with subject matter experts and members of the research amplification team to create content for the FSRI website, social media and other applications.
  • Assist in developing presentations and other graphics.
  • Assist managing complex projects, sourcing images, and organizing content as assigned.
  • Help ensure branding standards are consistent and maintained across assignments.
  • Perform other duties as directed.

UL has COVID-19 protocols and policies in place to ensure the safety of our employees, customers and clients. Effective November 1, 2021, the company mandates that employees are vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of employment (except where prohibited by law), subject to reasonable accommodation as required by law. 

What makes you a great fit:

  • Copywriting experience (practical work through journalism, communications or public relations classes and internships may be used to substitute experience)
  • Experience interviewing subject matter experts (practical work through journalism, communications or public relations classes and internships may be used to substitute experience)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to create PowerPoint presentations that communicate ideas quickly and visually
  • Critical thinking and resourcefulness
  • Graphic design experience is a plus but not necessary
  • Current undergraduate or graduate student status pursuing a career in communications, journalism, marketing or a related field.

What you’ll experience working at UL:

  • Mission: For Underwriters Laboratories, corporate and social responsibility isn’t new. Making the world a safer, more secure and sustainable place has been our business model for the last 127 years and is deeply engrained in everything we do.
  • People: Ask any Underwriters Laboratories employee what they love most about working here, and you’ll almost always hear, “the people.” Going beyond what is possible is the standard at Underwriters Laboratories. We’re able to deliver the best because we employ the best.
  • Interesting work: Every day is different for us here as we eagerly anticipate the next innovation that our customers’ create. We’re inspired to take on the challenge that will transform how people live, work and play. And as a global company, in many roles, you will get international experience working with colleagues around the world.
  • Grow & achieve: We learn, work and grow together with targeted development, reward and recognition programs as well as our very own UL University that offers extensive training programs for employees at all stages, including a technical training track for applicable roles.

Learn More:

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing safety science research through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being.


Our wholly owned subsidiary, UL Inc., advances our shared public safety mission. We fund our work through grants, the licensing of standards documents and the business activities of UL Inc., which conducts testing, verification and certification, and provides training and advisory services, along with data-driven reporting and decision-making tools for customers around the world.


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