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OSA is a great place to work! With its attractive benefits package, community atmosphere and stimulating environment, the Society offers diverse and challenging opportunities for personal and professional growth. OSA fosters a productive environment in which all employees are valued as a vital part of the Society and deliver quality service to external and internal community, in compliance with all legal requirements.

To apply for a position, please send resume and cover letter to or fax them to +1 202.223.1096.

Current Employment Opportunities

CAM Intern
Economics Intern
Exhibits Operations Director
OPN Associate Editor

CAM Intern

The Optical Society, a prestigious non-profit, scientific professional society in Washington, D.C., is seeking a college-level intern with an interest in science and strong communication skills to assist with a highly-valued video content project that was created in celebration of The Optical Society’s 100th anniversary in 2016.

Position Summary: 
Writing and Communication
  • Watch taped interviews and tag for editing
  • Review transcripts for accuracy
  • Write brief and more detailed captions for videos
  • Email members when their videos have been edited
  • Update list with member details
  • De-dup conference registration lists
  • Schedule member interviews
  • Update information in video management system
Position requires strong organizational and communication skills, attention to detail, ability to multitask, and superior writing ability.  You will be watching, editing and writing captions for interviews with current and emerging leaders in optics and other sciences about their background, current research and often predictions for the future.

Education & Experience:
  • College-level coursework in communications
  • Experience using Microsoft office software
    Skills & Abilities:
  • Interpersonal and written communication skills required for internal and external contacts
  • Ability to manage workflow with daily deadlines
  • Strong organizational and project management skills
  • Ability to work independently or in a team environment

    15 -20 hours per week. Stipend/hourly rate to commensurate with experience.

    Send resume, cover letter and one page writing sample to

Economics Intern

The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for an intern majoring in Economics. This position requires primary and secondary research and analysis regarding the size and trends of industry sectors and government funding.  Primary research includes information from financial reports of public corporations and government budget documents.  Secondary research includes compiling press releases and other public information on market estimates by market research firms.  In addition, the primary and secondary data must be analyzed to identify trends and insights useful to the photonics industry.  The position requires someone who can work independently; the researcher will be given regular direction from OSA staff, but the location and interpretation of most of the target data will not be known up front. 
The position requires approximately 20 hours per week using online sources of information and possibly some phone interviews.  Each week’s progress will be reported to an OSA staff person assigned to the project, and guidance will be provided for the following week.  OSA will provide a workspace and use of a computer for the project.
Qualifications: college student seeking a BA or MA in Economics.
Please send resume, cover letter and 1-2 page writing sample to

Exhibits Operations Director

The Optical Society seeks an Exhibit Operations Director to manage the successful execution of all exhibits-related logistical aspects of OSA’s meeting portfolio.

Duties include oversight of logistical activities relating to planning and executing an exhibit, including but not limited to focus on customer service, budget creation, show services invoice payments, floor plan creation, vendor/independent contractor selection and oversight, site visits, venue selection recommendation, contract review, sponsorship fulfillment, strategic analysis of products impacting exhibitor and attendee experience, engagement with key internal and external stakeholders and supervision of Exhibits Team support staff.

Position requires Bachelor’s degree;  and CMP or CEM preferred.  Candidate must have 7-10 years exhibit and meeting planning experience; proficiency with MS Office applications; knowledge of Association Management Software (Access, ACT, ExpoCAD); knowledge of Registration and Membership Management Systems such as IMiS, Avectra, Cvent; and ability to quickly master new applications.  Position requires a strong professional image, solid organizational and interpersonal skills, the ability to successfully manage multiple simultaneous projects, strong writing and proof-reading abilities and exceptional attention to detail. 

Candidates must be willing and able to travel frequently for 2-10 day trips and work extended hours including evenings and weekends as needed.
Located in Dupont Circle, OSA offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits.  Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to
OPN Associate Editor

The Optical Society (OSA) is recruiting for an OPN Associate Editor to provide editing, copyediting and print/online production support for Optics & Photonics News, the flagship magazine of The Optical Society. The AE manages and edits the front-of-book features for the magazine, edits occasional feature article content, writes news stories on recent scientific research and career issues as assigned, handles the social-media effort for OPN, and contributes to the social-media effort of OSA’s larger Publications Department.
Primary Responsibilities:
Front-of-Book and Departments Editor for OPN
  • Work with OPN Editor and external contributing editors to develop ideas, calendar and content for OPN’s “Pulses” section (departments/columns).
  • Schedule, solicit, and follow up with authors on content for Pulses; maintain rolling publication schedule; report to OPN Editor on schedule and plan.
  • Edit Pulses content for OPN length, audience, and house style; work with authors and OPN Creative Director to develop sources for visuals and images; follow through to article production.
  • Drawing on online postings and other source material, assemble, edit to fit, and work with Creative Director on layout of monthly “Newsroom,” “OSA Update,” and “Calendar” sections. Stage online versions of Newsroom and OSA Update for each OPN issue.
  • Perform occasional substantive edits or rewrites of 3,000-word feature articles, on topics related to optical physics and engineering, for OPN length, audience, and house style, as assigned by OPN Editor.
News Stories for Online Newsroom
  • One to two times per week, drawing on press releases, scientific papers, and other resources as time permits, write news story on recent scientific development in optics and photonics and on career development issues for scientists, based on story assignment from OPN Editor. Stage stories online for approval and publishing by OPN Editor.
Social-Media Management for OPN and OSA Publications Department
  • Post stories from OPN on OPN Twitter account and OSA Facebook page.
  • Working with editorial and marketing staff in OSA Publications department, develop schedule for, write and post social-media messages for selected OSA-published papers on multiple social-media channels.
  • Work with OSA communications team on social media scheduling and on OPN’s role in corporate social-media strategy. Track and report on activity.
Secondary Responsibilities
  • Assist with issue editorial and production logistics, including quality review of articles and monthly issue proof book, selected correspondence, securing copyright, digital asset management, etc., as directed by OPN Editor.
  • Attend and participate in weekly OPN planning meeting and monthly art meeting.
  • Other responsibilities as directed by OPN Editor.
Education and Experience:
  • Four-year degree in English, communications or a related subject, required. A strong background in science and technology topics and culture is highly desirable. Candidates with a degree in a physical or biological science will also be considered if they have appropriate/relevant editorial and writing experience.
  • Three to five years’ experience editing and writing about topics for a scientific audience in news, feature or magazine formats, with relevant clips.
  • Strong time- and project-management skills.
Skills and Abilities:
  • Professional-level editorial, copyediting, proofreading, writing, and research skills.
  • Ability to meet multiple deadlines, coordinate details and work independently.
  • Excellent communication and teamwork.
  • Experience communicating/writing in multiple contexts, for audiences at multiple levels of technical sophistication.
  • Strong interest in science and technology issues; demonstrated ability to quickly come up to speed on unfamiliar technical topics.
  • Knowledge of print and web publishing.
  • Solid skills with Microsoft Office suite required; hands-on experience with Adobe Creative Suite and web content management tools strongly preferred.
  • Image- and multimedia-editing skills desirable.
OSA offers a competitive salary and benefits. Please send resume w/cover letter and salary requirements to