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Here at Popular Science, we love geeking out about breakthrough research and finding compelling science, tech, and DIY angles to mainstream topics. We’re authoritative without taking ourselves too seriously (it’s why we’ve stuck around for 150 years), 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 remotely. Please note, all applicants need to have work authorization in the US and be available during East Coast hours.
The position is part time for 12 weeks. The intern can work a maximum of 20 hours a week on a mostly flexible schedule. Primary duties encompass writing for both the website and the quarterly digital magazine. That includes pitching and covering embargoed studies, service guides, creative explainers, front-of-book pieces, and gear roundups, as well as learning how to fact check, managing CMS duties, and participating in big editorial brainstorms. When time and resources allow, interns may also design data vis, craft social media posts, be on our podcasts, embark on a longer, feature-length project, and more.
The relatively small staff and open atmosphere at PopSci give interns access to all parts of the magazine-making and website-running processes. You will spend each week on a different desk (science, DIY, tech, reviews, and sustainability) working with the editors in charge. You can also plan day-long reporting trips, attend media-only events, meet pros from our sister brands, and more. If you want to get involved with something, we can usually make it happen!
Ideal intern candidates have a passion for science reporting in the fields of health, technology, DIY, physics, climate, space, sustainability, and/or consumer goods, as well as a demonstrated interest in magazine, online, and/or multimedia journalism.
Interns are paid $15 an hour for their work. Applications are accepted for spring (which runs from February through April), summer (from June through August), and fall (from September through November). The exact start and end dates will be decided with the offer.
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