Science Writing Internship

Summer internship 2021

Coronavirus update Jan. 11, 2021: In the interest of health and safety, the intern will work remotely. The latest guidance for students, faculty and staff is available on the University’s Spring 2021 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 (discovery.princeton.edu), on the Office of the Dean for Research website (research.princeton.edu), and in other publications and types of media (audio, video, social) as appropriate.

Requirements

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. Applicants do not have to be Princeton University students. 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: Intern will work remotely 
Compensation: $18/hour
Deadline: March 1, 2021

Submit the application (preferably as a single PDF) to Catherine Zandonella at czandone@princeton.edu. 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.

Contact

Catherine Zandonella, Communications Manager, Office of the Dean for Research, Princeton University: czandone@princeton.edu

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