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

Editorial Internship: American Horticultural Society (Pays: $9/hr.)

In my latest Web wanderings I ran across this (paying) internship program with the American Horticultural Society. It’s open to “any college-level student of journalism, English, horticulture or related fields, and to adults with relevant experience who are making a career change or seeking additional training.”

Interns work with the staff of The American Gardener magazine, gaining experience “in all facets of the editorial and production processes for a national, four-color magazine. Primary duties include researching and writing short articles, proofreading and fact-checking, and coordinating author and photographer submissions.”

Internships run for 3-6 months in spring, summer and fall. “Internas are paid $9.00 per hour and work a 37.5 hour week.” Application deadlines are November 1 for winter/spring; March 1 for summer; and August 1 for fall.

For more information and application materials, click here.

Editorial Internship (Calgary: Pays $1,000/month)

Up! Magazine, the in-flight publication of WestJet airlines, seeks an “engaging writer and tenacious fact-checker interested in bringing the magic of a travel tale to various multi-media platforms” for an editorial internship. “A successful candidate will have a post-secondary education in journalism or a related field and at least a year of experience in travel and tourism media. You write, edit and proofread effectively and have great communication skills. Your skill set includes fluency in Microsoft Office, Adobe InDesign, various Apple suites, including GarageBand and online content management software.”

Application deadline: August 16, 2006.

To read the full announcement, check Jeff Gaulin’s Job Board.

For New York-based Writers

Also found this part-time writing opportunity–an internship in New York paying a “small monthly fee and out-of-pocket expenses”–over at craigslist:

We are a non-governmental independent media company working on issues of poverty, disease and hunger in poor and least developed countries. We are looking for writers with experience in covering meetings, conferences, press briefings and conducting interviews. This is an internship position at the United Nations. Please respond with a detailed resume and bylined stories. This internship position calls for considerable time spent at the Secretariat covering a wide range of events, conducting interviews, making presentations and interacting with Ambassadors at Permanent Missions to the UN. Please own a laptop and digital camera. Ability to upload stories onto the Web and perform layout functions on the company website will be considered an added asset.

See the announcement for yourself (with contact information) here.