Fermilab, Talent Acquisition

2390 13848
Internship ID:FNAL-Talent Acquisition-SWI2 [#13848, 2945]
Internship Title: Science Writing Internship
Internship Type:Other
Location:Batavia, Illinois 60510, United States [map]
Subject Area: Journalism
Appl Deadline:2019/06/21* (posted 2019/06/05, listed until 2019/06/21)

*** the list date or deadline for this internship has passed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

Science Writing Internship


Program Webpage: http://internships.fnal.gov/science-writing-internship/

Program Dates:  September-December 2019


We are:

Fermilab is America’s premier laboratory for particle physics and accelerator research, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.  We support discovery science experiments in Illinois and South Dakota and at locations around the world, including Canada, mountaintops in Arizona and Chile, and the South Pole.


We are strategic risk takers, innovators, and collaborators. We are engineers, scientists, technicians, administrative professionals. We are 1,800 employees advancing knowledge for the benefit of humankind. Fermilab has been at the forefront of particle physics for more than 40 years. We build world-leading accelerators and detectors to conduct some of the most advanced particle physics experiments possible. We collect and analyze the data from those experiments with some of the most powerful computers in the world. We conduct this research on a 6,800-acre prairie, 35 miles outside Chicago, a treasure that has been designated a National Environmental Research Park.


The Fermilab Office of Communication science writing internship provides the opportunity to write for Fermilab's online publications, including press releases and feature articles. Jointly with SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Fermilab also publishes symmetry, an online magazine about the science, people and culture of particle physics.


Interns may also write for other laboratory publications and Fermilab’s websites. We also give interns the opportunity to assist with media events, social media, and general public relations activities.


You will:

  • write Fermilab news and feature articles, website content, and other content as needed

  • write features for Symmetry, an online particle physics magazine

  • participate in communication meetings

  • expand your knowledge of particle physics and related science and engineering fields


We are looking for:

  • recent graduates of a science-writing or journalism program or recent undergraduates with a degree in English, journalism, communications or science. Training in journalism is optimal.

  • 0-2 years of published writing experience

  • ability to research, interview, write and edit science news stories and other nontechnical science communication materials

  • interest in science and science writing and an enthusiasm for learning about new subjects with respect to the scientific world

  • excellent writing and organization skills

  • excellent interpersonal skills for effective interaction with scientists, the public and the media

  • ability to work well under pressure, meet regular deadlines and juggle multiple projects simultaneously

  • skill in the use of computers and standard software and the ability to navigate and use the internet

  • willingness to respect, understand and value individual differences that embody laboratory principles of diversity and inclusion


Application requirements:

  • Online application

  • Resume

  • Three writing samples, published or unpublished

  • Cover letter


Internship details:

Application Period: June-6- June 21, 2019

Acceptance Period: June-July, 2019 

Program Dates: September-December, 2019

Salary: Approximately $660 weekly

Housing:  Housing is not provided or arranged by the program. Request information on affordable housing options by emailing TAinternships@fnal.gov.

Transportation:  Transportation is not provided or arranged by the program. Request rental car information by emailing TAinternships@fnal.gov.


Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the description.

Further Info:
Mailing Address:
Leah Hesla
PO Box 500
MS 202
Batavia IL 60510

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