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The AAAS Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Internship

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.  2018 sponsors were Mrs. Sara Lee Schupf and Dr. Jerry Pausch.

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 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 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.

How is the Internship supported?

The internship is made possible each year by individual sponsors.  In 2018 this included generous donatons by two individuals; Mrs. Sara Lee Schupf and Dr. Jerry Pausch.

Mrs. Sara Lee Schupf is the namesake of the Sara Lee Baking Company, which was founded by her father, the late Charles Lubin, in 1948. Today, Mrs. Schupf’s passion for science and diversifying STEM fields fuels her remarkable engagement in and support for science and technology education. She and her family foundation have endowed academic chairs, fellowships, and scholarships, as well as centers and programs that have enriched STEM education and professional career development opportunities for countless individuals. Mrs. Schupf has also served tirelessly on numerous boards and committees, including the boards of Skidmore College, the New York Hall of Science, Emma Willard School and American Committee for the Weizmann Institute of Science, where she initiated the Weizmann Women and Science Award 1994-2006. Mrs. Schupf’s contribution to the Minority Science Writers Fellowship was made in honor of Dr. Shirley Malcom, AAAS’s Director of Education and Human Resources Programs, for her outstanding dedication to growing diversity in STEM fields.

Dr. Jerry Pausch from Leesburg, Ohio received his doctoral degree from Purdue University in analytical chemistry and led the BF Goodrich Research measurement science group in Brecksville, Ohio for 22 years. In the span of his career, he also served on the Grace Commission, a private sector evaluation on operations of the EPA laboratories under President Ronald Reagan. He was also chairman of the Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park Advisory Committee at Ohio State for 20 years, and now currently serves on the Everglades Wetland Research Park advisory committee at Florida Gulf Coast University in Naples, Florida. Along with his commitment to scientific research and wetland conservation, Dr. Pausch is passionate about helping students attain their academic and career goals. In addition to his support of the Minority Science Writers Fellowship, he maintains several endowments and need-based scholarships at area high schools and his undergraduate alma mater, The Ohio State University.

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