Science Writing and Communications Internship

Summer Internship (Maryland)
Project Supervisor: Kristen Minogue, Science Writer 

Deadline:  February 15, 2018

The science writing internship is for anyone who loves learning about science and sharing it with nonscientists. Communications at SERC covers a wide range of activities: media outreach, Web updates, newsletters, social media and blogging. In addition to pitching stories to mainstream media outlets, the communications desk also keeps in touch with the larger Smithsonian communications offices on the Mall. It manages the look and content of the SERC homepage ( and the Shorelines blog, which hosts stories on the research and discoveries of SERC scientists. It also maintains social media accounts on FacebookTwitter (@SmithsonianEnv), Tumblr and Instagram (smithsonianenvironment). Its main product, the Shorelines newsletter, highlights the most important stories from SERC scientists and educators.

Internship: The science writing intern will gain experience with all facets of SERC communication. Main priorities include going out in the field with research scientists and interns, taking photos and writing blog pieces about their projects. Other responsibilities include working with the SERC communications officer to manage SERC’s social media accounts, produce the summer newsletter and update the SERC website. The intern will also gain exposure to the wider world of Smithsonian communications through monthly meetings on the Mall.

Desired Qualifications: Strong scientific background (natural sciences coursework; not required to be a science major) and skill writing about science for a nonscientific audience. One to three published or unpublished writing samples explaining science for general readers are essential to include with the essay part of the application. Ability to use Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint) required; familiarity with photo editing software, Wordpress and HTML a plus.

To apply:
Apply online through the SOLAA portal. For the science writing internship, writing samples explaining science in a public-friendly way must be included in the essay portion of the application. Writing samples should be no more than 10 pages, and may be published or unpublished. View full instructions in our FAQs.

Questions? Contact SERC science writer Kristen Minogue (