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The AAAS Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship

Applications for Summer 2024 are now closed. Applications will reopen in late 2024 for Summer 2025.

DVSJ Internship was formerly titled the Minority Science Writers Internship

The American Association for the Advancement of Science is proud to offer a summer internship program for 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 is made possible each year by generous sponsors.

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, 11-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 Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship?

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

The program is designed for individuals with a deep commitment to extending the reach of science journalism into communities where there is currently limited participation. By training science journalists with a commitment to diverse communities, the program will help to build the capacity of those individuals to report on scientific issues to a general audience and expand access to the profession to persons including, but not limited to, individuals from diverse populations.

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 11 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 approximately June 3, 2024 to August 20, 2024. Interns are expected to attend an in-person orientation and wrap-up session with AAAS Mass Media Fellows. The orientation will run June 5-7, 2024, and the wrap-up is scheduled for August 19-20, 2024.

How is the Internship supported?

The internship is made possible each year through generous donations from individual sponsors.