Diverse Voices in Science Journalism Summer Internship
Science has an exciting opportunity for a paid summer internship with our News Department. The Diverse Voices in Science Journalism (DVSJ) Internship offers undergraduates interested in pursuing journalism as a career the opportunity to learn multiple facets of science journalism. Working closely with editors and reporters in the news department of Science, the largest interdisciplinary science journal in the world, interns will participate in all aspects of the news operation, including online, print, and digital media products.
The program aims to train science journalists from, and with a commitment to, diverse communities, building their capacity to report on scientific issues to a general audience and expanding access to the profession to persons including, but not limited to, those from diverse populations. We define diversity broadly: We invite those from historically excluded racial and ethnic communities as well as sexual minorities, immigrants, first-generation college students and those from other backgrounds not listed here and from communities not regularly represented in journalism and science journalism.
Experience what it’s like to cover the scientific and technological issues that shape our global community.
Find out more at aaas.org/dvsj.
Are you ready to be a Force for Science?
What You’ll Do
- Report and write for Science's daily online news site, the weekly print magazine, and various digital media products such as Science’s Instagram page.
- Cover science-related events in and around the Washington, D.C. area, including press conferences and briefings, congressional hearings and other legislative activities, meetings at various federal agencies, and workshops and conferences on a range of scientific topics.
- Must currently be enrolled in an undergraduate university or community college program; journalism majors preferred
- A dual major or a minor in a scientific discipline may be advantageous but is not required
- Preference will be given to applicants who have written news articles on scientific subjects or on technical issues. Such experiences include writing for campus newspapers, university publications, radio stations, online publications, and other media outlets, or interning at another news organization
- Interested candidates should submit a resume, two news writing samples, and an applicant essay by Friday, January 13, 2023.
- Writing samples should be examples of journalism or other pieces intended for a general audience—not a class assignment. Stories relating to research or other matters relating to the scientific community are preferred. Please do not include examples of technical writing (i.e. scientific papers). Writing samples should be sent as PDFs or Word files, not as URLs .
- Applicant essay should focus on how you represent the kind of person this internship aims to train as well as your commitment to extending the reach of science journalism into communities where there is currently limited participation. The essay should also convey your experience in journalism, thoughts about science and science writing, how this opportunity will advance your career goals, and include any classes, experiences, affiliations, etc. that you think will make you an ideal candidate for this internship.
- Please also include the names of two references — ideally people who are familiar with your journalism work.
This is an 11-week internship, which will run from approximately June 5, 2023 – August 22, 2023 . While we continuously monitor COVID-19, our plan is to host summer internships in a hybrid work-model. The internship will be based out of our Washington, D.C. office with both remote and in-person work expected each week.
The anticipated initial rate of compensation for this position is $16.50 per hour. AAAS interns are eligible for SmarTrip transit benefits.
Any actual offer of employment, reflecting the total compensation package and benefits, will be made in the sole discretion of AAAS and will be based on a variety of factors, including years of experience, depth of experience, and other relevant factors. AAAS reserves the right to amend or modify its employment benefits and compensation structure at any time.
AAAS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or other protected category. AAAS uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. No visa sponsorship is available for this position.
How to apply:
Submit a resume and cover letter outlining qualifications and interest in the position by January 13, 2023. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. A recruiter will contact you with next steps if you are selected for an interview.
For specific questions about the internship or application materials, please contact Shraddha Chakradhar, DVSJ coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other questions, please contact AAAS Talent Team at email@example.com.