Career Resources: AAAS Internship Opportunities
Science News Writing Internship
Science Magazine, the largest circulating weekly of basic research — founded in 1880 by Thomas Alva Edison and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) — is offering an internship program for news writers. Science accepts applications for two 6-month periods: a winter-spring internship from January through June (deadline, September 15; selection, by mid-October) and a summer-fall internship from July through December (deadline, March 1; selection, by mid-April).
Who Should Apply
Candidates should have completed their undergraduate education or be in the senior year of college when they apply. They should also have an interest and preferably experience in writing about science and should be prepared to report, research, write, and edit under weekly deadlines. Like newspapers and news weeklies, Science covers the issues of the day, but writers also analyze technical subjects at the frontiers of research. Having a scientific background is advantageous but is not required.
What the Job Involves
The Science intern will join the regular news staff in Washington, DC, and devote most of his or her time to contributing to the magazine and to ScienceNOW, our daily online news service. In addition, the intern will research and write other news stories, assist in production, fill in for absent staffers, and provide help as needed to staff writers and editors. Science pays a modest salary.
How to Apply
Submit a resume, cover letter including published writing samples, and references through the online system. Time permitting, candidates may also be asked to complete a short writing or editing assignment, which—along with experience and submitted pieces—will provide a basis for evaluation by the news editors. The editors make a final selection of the January intern by mid-October; of the July intern, by mid-April. AAAS is an equal opportunity employer.