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Here at Popular Science, we love geeking out about breakthrough research and finding compelling science angles on mainstream topics. We’re authoritative without taking ourselves too seriously, and we like writing about weird animals as much as about the ongoing climate crisis. To help us in this quest, PopSci hires interns throughout the year to work with us in our offices in New York City (or remotely during the COVID pandemic, though all interns would need to have work authorization in the US and be able to work East Coast hours).
The position can be part-time or full-time for roughly 12 weeks, though we’re flexible on exact dates. Primary duties encompass work for both the print magazine and the website. That includes writing news stories, front-of-book pieces, sidebars, and blog posts as well as learning how to fact check and potentially embarking on a longer, feature-length project of your own. When time and resources allow, interns may also work on graphics, be on our podcast, do web production, and more.
The relatively small staff and open atmosphere at Popular Science expose interns to all parts of the magazine-making and website-running processes. We are big fans of self-starters, so interns are encouraged to pitch ideas and chase down their own work from editors. You can attend photo shoots, sit in on pitch meetings, attend media-only events, and more. If you want to get involved with something, we can usually make it happen! And we won’t ask you to get us coffee. Though we may request that you participate in the occasional Nerf gun fight or 3D-printed candy taste test.
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