The AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship

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The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) is proud to offer a summer internship program for minority students interested in journalism as a career and who want to learn about science writing. Experience what it’s like to cover the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community.

The Internship takes place at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of AAAS’s Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world.

The program is a paid, 10-week experience under the guidance of the weekly magazine’s award-winning staff of professional science writers and editors.

What is science writing?

Science and technology increasingly shape our world, but new discoveries and inventions often lead to unexpected—and sometimes unwanted—consequences. Science writing isn’t for everyone. But it is for anyone who enjoys learning about scientific discoveries—and explaining them to society.

Science writers come from varied educational backgrounds. But whether they hold a bachelor’s degree or a Ph.D., they all share a curiosity about our world — and a passion for informing the public. From epidemics to energy, space exploration to sustainable development, science writers get to cover the latest news and trends, and then explain how they affect society.

What is the Minority Science Writers Internship?

Science is a global activity, but the demographics of the journalists who cover it don’t reflect that diversity. The Minority Science Writers Internship is for students who are interested in pursuing a career in journalism and who want to learn more about science writing.

The internship takes place each summer at the Washington, DC headquarters of AAAS’s Science magazine, the largest interdisciplinary journal in the world. Interns spend 10 weeks at Science under the guidance of award-winning reporters and editors, and have a chance to experience what science writers do for a living. Interns are expected to contribute to the weekly news section, including bylined articles in the print and electronic news service.

The paid internship provides for travel to and from the internship site in Washington, DC. Living accommodations and expenses are the responsibility of the Intern. The internship runs from June to mid-August.

Who can apply for the internship?

The internship is open to any minority undergraduate with a serious interest in science writing. Preference will be given to those students pursuing a degree in journalism. You must be enrolled in an academic program at the time you submit your application.

Hear from your peers

Read what past interns said about their experience at Science magazine. Learn what it’s like to cover the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community.

How can I apply?

You must be a college undergraduate at the time you submit your application. Telephone interviews are conducted with semi-finalists in March. All candidates will be notified of the outcome by 15 April.

Download an application

Deadline: 1 March 2014

All completed application materials should be postmarked by 1 March 2014 and mailed to:

AAAS Minority Science Writers Internship
1200 New York Ave. NW, Room 639
Washington, D.C.  20005

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Applicants will be evaluated by a committee composed of experts in communicating science to the public. The committee will make recommendations to the AAAS staff, who are responsible for the final selection.

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