Jobs at AGI

SCIENCE WRITING SUMMER INTERNSHIP - EARTH MAGAZINE

EARTH Magazine is your source for the science behind the headlines, covering the latest happenings in Earth, energy and environment news. Combine your love of science and passion for writing with a science writing internship at EARTH this summer.

EARTH is currently accepting applications for the summer 2017 internship.

The intern will work as a full member of the EARTH staff for the summer. Tasks include: pitching and writing news, trends, profiles and feature articles for print; copyediting and proofreading; art research; writing news articles for EARTH online; and keeping up our social media presence. There is also the potential for illustration and multimedia work for the right candidate.

This internship is intended for young writers seeking careers in science writing. Preference is given to candidates pursuing or holding an advanced degree in journalism and with a background in science, especially earth science, or with an advanced degree in science and a strong background in journalism. Upperclassmen with strong science and writing backgrounds, as well as experienced writers transitioning to science writing are also welcome to apply. The successful candidate will have a proven record of being self-motivated and entrepreneurial.

The internship is 12 weeks long and includes a $5,000 stipend. Starting date is flexible.

The successful candidate has the choice to complete the internship at EARTH’s headquarters at the American Geosciences Institute in Alexandria, Va., or remotely from his or her location of choice — anywhere in the U.S.

Send a résumé, three writing samples and a letter describing what you hope to gain from the internship and how your previous experience makes you most suitable for this position via email to:earth@earthmagazine.org

All applications must be received by March 10, 2017.

AGI is an equal opportunity employer.

EARTH Science Writing Externship

EARTH’s externship is an opportunity for select students and inexperienced writers to learn about the process of writing and editing a news story about recent scientific research, and to get professionally edited and published clips. Most of our externs have backgrounds studying science — particularly geoscience-related fields relevant to EARTH's typical content — and are interested in potentially pursuing science writing as a part- or full-time career option. But EARTH welcomes applicants of all backgrounds who are interested in sharing what's new in earth science with a broad audience. We typically work with three or four externs at any given time, but we regularly rotate in new writers as positions come open.

If you are selected as an EARTH extern, the position is essentially an as-you're-available writing opportunity. In any given week or month when you have time to write, you'll email us and say, "Hey, I have time to write." Then, either we can assign you a story or you can pitch stories to us — it's up to you. If you've got a great idea for a story and would like practice pitching your idea to an editor, you're encouraged to do so. On the other hand, if you'd prefer that we provide you with an assignment — as is the case with many first-time externs, for example — that's fine too.

Our extern-written stories typically cover a recent, peer-reviewed scientific study or report, and include quotes about the study from multiple expert sources — obtained via first-person interviews — just as a professional news story would. Before your first assignment, we'll provide guidance about the general style, tone and structure of the news stories we publish in EARTH to help get you started. And then we'll work with you through the writing and editorial process. You're encouraged to ask questions, and you're welcome write as frequently or infrequently as works for you and the magazine's editorial staff.

The externship is a remote position; you can work from any location and at your leisure. Once a story is assigned, you’ll generally have one to two weeks to research, report and write it before turning it in. (We do ask that you stick closely to deadlines, so please keep that in mind when determining your availability to write.) Once edited and finalized, extern-written stories are posted on EARTH's website as soon as possible. Select extern-written pieces may also appear in a print issue of the magazine. Publication, online and/or in print, is subject to the discretion of the editorial staff and is not guaranteed. The externship is unpaid.

If you're interested in the experience, email a cover letter discussing your interest in the geosciences and why you'd make a great extern at EARTH, your resume or CV, and at least one writing sample to earth@earthmagazine.org to apply.