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Science Communication Internship

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Brookhaven National Laboratory’s Media & Communications Office offers year-round internships for undergraduate and graduate students interested in science writing and communication. This position is full-time (8:30 a.m.–5 p.m., Monday–Friday) on site at the Lab.

Participants will learn to write science news and feature stories for a variety of audiences, including employees, scientists who come to Brookhaven to use our research facilities, and other readers of Brookhaven’s website. Interns will also have the opportunity to contribute to projects such as news releases, fact sheets, brochures, video scripts, and government-relations communications related to the Lab’s scientific research. Interns participate in weekly planning meetings with the professional staff in the Media & Communications Office and have access to some of the most exciting stories and leaders across many scientific fields.

Brookhaven is a world-leading multipurpose research institution with seven Nobel Prizes to its name, located on a 5,300-acre site on Long Island, NY. Scientists at the Laboratory perform research in physics, chemistry, biology, applied science, and advanced technology. In addition to Brookhaven’s 2,600 scientists, engineers, and support staff, some 4,000 researchers from across the country and around the world come to the Laboratory each year to use its research facilities and collaborate with its scientific staff.

Support: Weekly stipend ($500/wk for undergraduates; $600/wk for graduate students) plus dormitory-style, single-room housing on the Lab site.

Who Is This Program Intended For

Undergraduate and graduate students

Rules & Eligibility

Applicants are eligible for up to a year after graduation. A journalism or science degree is preferred, but undergraduates with a strong interest and experience in science communication are also encouraged to apply. We’re looking for applicants with well-developed writing skills, an interest in science, and an ability to write in an engaging way about complex topics. Writing samples are most important in the final decision; stories published in newspapers, magazines, or on websites intended for broad audiences are preferred.

Application Process

Email a cover letter, resume, and three journalistic writing samples that showcase your ability to weave scientific concepts into an engaging story.

Karen McNulty Walsh 
kmcnulty@bnl.gov
Brookhaven National Laboratory