The application for 2020 has not yet opened. Additional details will be available in early 2020.
In order to apply you must first identify 2 faculty members to write letters of recommendation for you. Discuss the internship with them and give them sufficient notice to write your letter.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Letters of recommendation must be received by the deadline in order for your application to be considered. Please remind your references of the deadline. Letters of recommendation may be uploaded by the applicant as a part of the online application. If your referees prefer to submit their letters by email, they should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Letter of Recommendation (DVSJ): [Applicant name]”.
- Resume, including any honors, awards, and relevant activities
- Unofficial transcripts of your undergraduate course work
- Two writing samples. At least one should be about a news event that took place after October 15, 2017
- Application Essay: In <800 words, tell us about yourself and why you are interested in this internship including:
- Your diverse voice and commitment to extending the reach of science journalism into communities where there is currently limited participation
- Your experience in journalism;
- Your thoughts about science and science writing;
- How this opportunity will advance your career goals;
- Include any classes, experiences, affiliations, etc. that you think will make you an ideal candidate for this internship.
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.
Who can apply for the internship?
The internship is open to undergraduates 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.
You must be a college undergraduate at the time you submit your application. Telephone interviews are conducted with semi-finalists in February. All candidates will be notified of the outcome by late April.
If you are a scientist and looking for a fellowship in science writing consider applying for the AAAS Mass Media Science and Engineering Fellowship.