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Science Writing Internship

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History seeks a science writing intern interested in gaining
experience in an active communications and public affairs office. This is an excellent opportunity to expand your
professional portfolio and learn how to present science and natural history stories to the public in relevant and
engaging ways.

Due to COVID-19, this internship may be virtual. The intern will primarily produce content on a variety of scientific
topics for the museum’s blog, Smithsonian Voices.

As part of the Communications and Public Affairs team, the intern will have the opportunity to:
• Identify newsworthy and/or compelling stories for diverse audiences.
• Research, pitch and develop listicles, features and other articles.
• Create content in conjunction with research and collections staff.

Additional responsibilities may include:
• Creating meaningful social media content that encourages follower engagement.
• Gathering and/or producing photographs and video on an as needed basis.
• Managing digital media production using a content management system.

Basic qualifications:
• Completed at least three years of an accredited undergraduate degree program in communications,
journalism, science or a related field. Graduate students and recent graduates welcome.
• Experience writing science-based stories for public audiences.
• Understanding of and interest in the scientific process.
• Strong oral and written communication skills.
• Ability to work independently and as a team.
 

This internship will run from January 23 to May 12, but the hours are flexible. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on November 18. The selected candidate will receive a stipend.

How to Apply

To apply, submit a resume, two writing samples, and a brief essay detailing your learning objectives and how an internship in the Office of Communications and Public Affairs would contribute to your academic or professional goals to nmnh-comms@si.edu by November 18.

Contact Information

For questions regarding this opportunity, please contact: nmnh-comms@si.edu

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