Friday Find: Science Writing Internships and Fellowships

This may be my last post for a few days. Practicing Writing will most likely resume in the middle of next week, and all you wonderful Practicing Writer subscribers can look forward to receiving your January newsletters a day or two after that.

Just to pique your curiosity, I’ll let you know that this next issue will feature an interview with a memoirist who has a particular interest in science writing. (If you aren’t yet a subscriber, you still have time to sign up–as always, subscriptions are free and we keep your e-mail address confidential.)

To complement the interview–which touches on the writer’s fellowship and internship experiences–I thought it would be a good idea to compile a list of opportunities that might be especially appealing to those who write (or want to write) about science, health, and/or medicine. If you’re aware of similar programs (please note–I’ve focused here on programs that pay their participants), please share your knowledge in comments.

Internships (especially for undergraduates and recent graduates)

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Minority Science Writers Internship
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science News Writing Internship
Argonne National Laboratory Science Writing Internship for Undergraduates
Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Internships in Science Communication
Jackson Laboratory Science Writer Internship
Kaiser Media Internships in Health Reporting
National Cancer Institute Graduate Internships in Health Communications
Stanford Linear Accelerator Center Office of Communications Science Writing Internship

Fellowships (most targeted to professional journalists)

American Academy of Neurology Journalism Fellowship
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
Rosalynn Carter Fellowships for Mental Health Journalism
Health Coverage Fellowships (for New Englanders)
Kaiser Media Fellowships in Health
Kaiser Mini-Fellowships in Global Health Reporting
Knight Science Journalism Fellowships at MIT
Marine Biological Laboratory Science Journalism Program
Metcalf Institute Annual Workshop for Journalists
Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellowship in Environmental Reporting
Ted Scripps Fellowships in Environmental Journalism
Societe de Chimie Industrielle (American Section) Fellowship
Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellowships in Science and Religion
USC Annenberg/California Endowment Health Journalism Fellowships

4 thoughts on “Friday Find: Science Writing Internships and Fellowships

  1. sharyu says:

    Thank you very much for posting all this information at one place for such convenient access.

  2. Erika D. says:

    I am glad you’ve found it useful!

  3. akanksha says:

    Hey, I am a biotechnology Post graduate and want to gather some internships/on job training in this sector. Can you please tell me prospects for Overseas students as I am working as a Research Associate in Cardiodiabetology Department in India.

    kindly mail on


  4. Erika D. says:

    Akanksha, I would suggest that you check with the programs directly.

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