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Writing internships available at the National Institutes of Health

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), part of the National Institutes of Health, is looking for an energetic student interested in biology and science communications to join its team this summer.

The main NIH campus is in Bethesda, Maryland, just a few miles outside of Washington, DC. The hourly rate starts at $22 and depends on education and experience. The internship lasts at least 3 months.


You’ll cover cutting-edge research in cell biology, biophysics, genetics, developmental biology, pharmacology, physiology, biological chemistry, bioinformatics and computational biology. Projects include:
-Producing Biomedical Beat , a monthly e-newsletter recapping recent research findings
-Writing short features for Inside Life Science
-Profiling scientists, including for Findings
-Working with NIGMS staff to write news releases, fact sheets and online material
-Developing podcasts, videos and other multimedia products
-Creating and repurposing content for a variety of Web sites, including the Institute’s Facebook and Twitter pages


Interns should bring a fresh perspective and a willingness to share new ideas and feedback that will help enhance products and advance the company’s mission of promoting public understanding and enthusiasm for basic biomedical research.

To qualify, you must have: a college degree (or be a graduating senior), a strong interest in science communications, some writing experience and knowledge of the life sciences. Familiarity with multimedia production is a plus!


For more details, contact NIGMS science writer Emily Carlson at 301-496-7301 or

If you’d like to apply, please e-mail your resume, three writing samples and a letter describing your interest in and goals for this internship to Emily no later than March 5, 2012.

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Posted by Heather Farr on 02.03.2012 @ 00:00:00