Office of Communications
Science Writing Internship

Please note: the full-time SLAC science writing internship has been temporarily suspended. Updates will be posted here when the program resumes.

The SLAC Communications Office employs science writing interns year round. Proactive writers willing to dig for stories are strongly encouraged to apply. As an intern at SLAC, you will work on equal footing with the communications staff and will leave with a suitcase full of clips.

SLAC's Office of Communications publishes SLAC Today, a daily online newsletter for employees and users. SLAC's Office of Communications and Fermilab's Office of Public Affairs also jointly publish symmetry, a magazine about the science, people and culture of particle physics, and the related blog, symmetry breaking.

Interns have opportunities to write for all three publications. It's a significant amount of work: interns are expected to complete about one story each day for SLAC Today. About half of these are non-scientific stories focusing on events such as an upcoming lecture or VIP visiting the lab; the other half are highly scientific stories that take much more time and thought. In addition, interns who prove their writing skills will have the opportunity to write a feature and several smaller articles for symmetry.

SLAC is one of the world's leading research laboratories. Originally a particle physics research center, SLAC is now a multipurpose laboratory for astrophysics, photon science, accelerator and particle physics research. SLAC's highly trained and award-winning staff of physicists, engineers, computer scientists and other professionals has achieved many breakthroughs in science and technology. SLAC's work has been recognized with many awards and honors including three Nobel Prizes in physics and one in chemistry. SLAC is operated by Stanford University for the Department of Energy, and SLAC's Office of Communications works closely with university communications staff.

Minimum qualifications: Degree in journalism preferred; degree and/or interest in science required. Photography, videography, blogging and podcasting experience appreciated but not necessary. Applicants must have current authorization to work in the U.S.

Salary: $15 per hour. We prefer interns to work full-time (40 hours per week) but will also consider interns who wish to work between 16 and 40 hours per week.

Internship Periods: The full-time internship program is temporarily suspended. Updates will be posted here when the program resumes.