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Spring 2024 Paid 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. 

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, which may be in person or virtual, will run from mid-January to mid-May, but the hours are flexible and negotiable. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on November 22.  The selected candidate will receive a stipend.

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 via the Smithsonian’s online portal by November 22.   

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