Science Writing Internship Available at Cell Press

Angela Zito
June 8, 2017
Posted in Announcements

Science Writing Internship at Cell Press


The Press Office at Cell Press offers three science writing internship positions each year.  In 2017, the following opportunity remains:

• Graduate Fall Internship - 16 weeks, September–December ($15/hr) Application available in June.


This is an extremely hands-on internship that will give you the full experience of being a press officer at a major publishing operation. You will also learn about the entire production process of 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 10-20 clips, including press releases, content marketing, and blog posts.

Tasks will include:

• Writing press releases about research published in Cell Press journals and acting as the press contact.
• Developing CrossTalk blog and Elsevier Connect 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, or Biology (Bachelor’s degree if the summer internship). 
• Have experience preparing and telling a 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.

NOTES: Due to the competitive nature of the internship, you may be asked to take a writing test and provide two references if you are a finalist. The internship is not currently available to international students studying outside of the United States. International applicants already studying in the United States may apply.


The Science Writing Intern reports to Media Relations Manager Joseph Caputo and will be located in the Elsevier office at 50 Hampshire Street, Floor 5, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The internship is 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A laptop is provided.

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.


ASPIRE travel scholarships are available to support living expenses, if the applicant is successful