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) — offers an internship program for news writers. Science accepts applications for four 6-month periods: January through June, April through September, July through December, and October through March.
Who Should Apply
Applicants 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 for a broad (i.e. non-technical) audience, and should be prepared to report, research, write, and edit under daily deadlines. A background in science is preferred, but not required. Preference will be given to applicants who have published science journalism articles, have freelanced for or interned at other science news publications, and/or have completed a journalism or science writing program.
What the Job Involves
The Science intern will become an active member of the news staff, reporting and writing for Science's daily online news site and Science Magazine. Some travel, primarily to scientific conferences, is possible. This is a paid internship.
How to Apply
Your application should include a cover letter, resume, and at least 2-3 writing samples. These can include journalism clips or examples of writing for a broad audience. Science writing clips are preferred. Please do not send examples of technical writing (ex. scientific papers).
Submit through the online system; specific postings will available about 2 months prior to internship start month. Each posting will be titled: "Science News Writing Internship" with a corresponding requisition number.
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.