Science Writing Internship

Description and Application Instructions


Duties and Responsibilities

The Princeton University Office of the Dean for Research intern is responsible for writing about Princeton University research for a non-technical audience. The intern writes news articles, feature articles, web content and other items in the style used by major newspapers and magazines. Responsibilities include reading scientific papers, interviewing faculty members, writing, rewriting, compiling information for reports, and acquiring illustrations.

Professional Development Opportunities

The intern develops science writing skills that are applicable toward working in science journalism and research communications. The articles produced by the intern typically appear on the Office of the Dean for Research website (; in the print and online versions of Princeton's annual research publication (; and in other publications and types of media (audio, video, social) as appropriate.


Applicants must have excellent writing skills and the ability to write about science for the non-specialist. Previous training or current enrollment in a science journalism or science writing program is highly desired. The successful candidate must be capable of working in a fast-paced environment, meeting regular deadlines and handling multiple projects simultaneously. Appreciated but not required are skills in podcasting, video production and social media.

Opportunity Details

Dates: Eight weeks (approximately early-June to early-August; exact dates are flexible)
Time: Full-time (40 hour/week)
Location: Princeton, New Jersey 
Compensation: This is a paid internship.
Deadline to apply: This internship is not currently taking applications.

To Apply

All applicants should submit:

  • resume
  • cover letter
  • three science-related writing samples in the style of news articles, feature articles, blog postings or other pieces written for a non-specialist audience.


Catherine Zandonella, Communications Manager, Office of the Dean for Research, Princeton University: