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Press Office Internship, Science writing (Cell Press) Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Posted by on Friday, July 6, 2018 in Announcements .

Press Office Internship, Science writing (Cell Press)
Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

To Apply:

Applications are due July 16

​Internship Overview 
The Press Office of Cell Press is offering a fall science writing internship for current graduate students or those who recently finished a graduate program. The program is designed to give you the full experience of being a press officer at a major publishing operation. You will also learn how a scientific paper goes from the laboratory to a story in a major media outlet, and you will have the opportunity to collaborate with other business teams, including marketing, commercial sales, editorial, and production. By the end of the internship, you will walk away with 20+ clips from press releases, blog posts, and social media experience.  

Tasks will include:

Writing press releases about research published in Cell Press journals and acting as the press contact.

•Developing blog and marketing content.

•Developing and posting Cell Press social media content.

•Completing miscellaneous projects as assigned by Media Relations Manager.

•A capstone project to be determined by your interests.

At the end of the internship, you should add to your working knowledge of how to strategize, develop, and execute PR campaigns for various audience segments, write compelling PR content for the web, and measure and analyze campaign outcomes.

 Ideal Candidate Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate for the internship will: 

•Be studying for or have completed a Master’s in Public Relations, Journalism, Biology or Chemistry. A demonstrated interest in science is a plus.

•Have experience preparing and telling a science/health story (specifically pitching, conducting interviews, and writing pieces of journalism or public relations materials).

•Have proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook).

•Have work experience within an office environment.

•Be comfortable working alone as well as with a team, know how to juggle many time-sensitive tasks, be able to proactively seek information to complete a project, and be able to maintain a friendly attitude while dealing with the high number of requests received from journalists and institutions from around the world.

 NOTE: Due to the competitive nature of the internship, you may be asked to take a writing test and provide the names of two references if you are a finalist.


Internship Position and Timing
Location: The Science Writing Intern reports to Media Relations Manager Joseph Caputo and works in the Elsevier office at 50 Hampshire Street, Floor 5, Cambridge, Massachusetts. No housing or relocation assistance. A laptop is provided.

Timing: The internship is 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is a work from home option on Wednesdays. Start date is flexible, but the internship lasts from September through December.

Compensation: $15/hr – Contractor

No permanent position is available at the end of the internship, although candidates will be considered for available positions/freelancing opportunities should they apply and performance/circumstances warrant it.

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