Science Writing Internship

Summer internship - application period for 2020 is now closed.

Coronavirus update: No changes have been made to the status of the 2020 internship. If plans are made to alter or cancel the internship, applicants will be notified as soon as possible. The latest guidance for students, faculty and staff is available on the University’s Fall 2020 Information website.

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 in the print and online versions of Princeton's annual research publication (, on the Office of the Dean for Research website (, and in other publications and types of media (audio, video, social) as appropriate.


The intern must have excellent writing skills and possess the ability to write about science for the non-specialist. The intern's educational background should include previous training or current enrollment in science journalism or writing classes at the undergraduate or graduate level. The successful candidate must be capable of working in a fast-paced environment, meeting regular deadlines and handling multiple projects simultaneously. Skills in podcasting, video production and social media are also valuable.

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: $18/hour
Deadline to apply: Applications for 2020 were due March 2. 

Submit the application (preferably as a single PDF) to Catherine Zandonella at Include:

  • 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:

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