So You Want to Write for The Scientist ?

Apply for an internship
How to pitch us stories
Pitching News stories
Pitching Notebook articles
Pitching Opinion or Feature articles

Apply for an internship

The Scientist offers a full-time, virtual internship program. Interns start writing almost as soon as they walk in the door, quickly becoming integral members of our staff. As an intern your primary responsibility will be to write news briefs for our online website, however, we encourage interns to write for other sections of the print magazine as well. Administrative work is kept to a minimum. Your work will be published with your byline both online and in the print magazine. This is an excellent opportunity for researchers with proven writing abilities looking to get into science journalism and for writers with a strong science background. We’re looking for candidates who are comfortable digesting primary scientific literature, and who can work well independently in a virtual environment. You must be able to write on deadline and be open to critiques from editors. You must be a college graduate. If you’re interested, send your resume to

Summer: March 15th
Fall: July 1st
Winter: November 1st

How to pitch us stories

The Scientist’s editors are always looking for writers who can contribute enterprising reporting to tell the stories of life science around the world. Online News stories and pieces for the Notebook (which appear in print) are generally the best places to break in as a freelance journalist. If you are an active researcher who would like to reach our tens of thousands of scientist readers, we welcome your Opinion or Feature article ideas.


News stories cover the latest and greatest in life science research. For stories about new scientific findings, studies that are still under embargo are preferred. The Scientist staff monitors embargoed releases from most major journals and press wires, so we prefer that freelance journalists pitch us stories that we might otherwise miss. And we always welcome pitches concerning trends in a particular field or industry.

If you have an idea for a News story, send your pitch to News Editor Tracy Vence:


Notebook stories typically run about 700 words and take a look behind the scenes of life science research. They tend to employ a healthy dose of narrative to tell unique stories.

If you have an idea for a Notebook story, send your pitch to Senior Editor Bob Grant:

Scientist-authored Opinion or Feature articles

We welcome Opinion and Feature article ideas from those working in life science. Online opinions typically run about 700 words, whereas Critic At Large articles (opinions which appear in print) can run anywhere from 700-1,200 words, or more. Feature articles typically run about 2,500-3,000 words, and tell critically important or otherwise compelling stories about advances in life science research.

If you have an idea for an Opinion, send your pitch to

If you are an active researcher and would like to work with our editors and illustrators to develop a Feature article, e-mail your ideas to Senior Editor Jef Akst:

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