So You Want to Write for The Scientist ?
Apply for an internship
The Scientist offers a full-time internship program. Successful applicants start writing immediately, quickly becoming integral members of our staff. Interns work from home on their own computers and must keep US East Coast business hours. As an intern you will cover breaking news for our website, produce a variety of articles for the print magazine, manage The Scientist’s social media presence, scan the literature for upcoming studies of interest, and proofread magazine articles. We’re looking for candidates who have some experience in science journalism, are comfortable digesting primary scientific literature, and can work well independently in a virtual office. Successful interns are able to manage multiple articles simultaneously, complete assignments on deadline, and work collaboratively with editors. You must be a college graduate. If you’re interested, send your cover letter and resume to email@example.com. The position pays $2,000/month and typically lasts for four months.
Spring: November 1st (internship runs approximately January – May)
Summer: March 1st (internship runs approximately May – September)
Fall: July 1st (internship runs approximately September – January)
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 Senior Editor Kerry Grens: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.