Funding Opportunity

Argonne National Laboratory

Summer Science-Writing Internship

DEADLINE: March 2, 2017


Participants must be full-time students at an accredited college or university — or have graduated in May or June 2017 from such a university — and must have a strong interest in science-related journalism. You will work ten 40-hour weeks conducting interviews, writing science news and feature articles for Argonne Now magazine and the Argonne web site and working on related communications projects, such as scripting short videos and contributing to social media events. You will work daily as a member of a team that includes 10 full-time professional writers and journalists who provide assignments, advice and mentoring in a working environment that is collegial, creative and collaborative.

Argonne National Laboratory has more than 200 research programs in basic and applied science, including mathematics and computer science, environmental research, materials science, physics, chemistry, energy research, biology and advanced nuclear reactor technology. Argonne’s Illinois site is located on a wooded 1,500-acre campus near Chicago.

  • Argonne and its publications
  • Argonne web site
  • Feature stories
  • News releases
  • Argonne Now magazine

What we look for
Candidates must have demonstrated writing ability and an interest in science.

Other aspects of your application have a bearing, but your writing samples weigh most heavily in our selection process. We recommend stories and articles about science written for a public audience. This can include samples written specifically for this application or for classes, or writing published in newspapers, magazines or blogs (including student newspapers).

Less recommended are write-ups for experiments, as these typically written for a scientific audience in the passive voice.

U.S. citizenship or legal permanent resident status
Undergraduate or graduate student in good standing or have just graduated the previous month at an accredited college or university
Must have completed at least sophomore year with demonstrated competence in science writing

Stipends are $15/hour for undergraduates and $17.50/hour for graduate students, up to a maximum of 40 hours per week.
Graduates and undergraduates also receive housing on the Argonne campus.
Stipends, housing and travel are considered taxable income. Argonne is required by law to report this income.

Transportation reimbursement
Transportation expenses are reimbursed for one round trip between your home or academic institution and Argonne.
Travel will usually be paid only if your permanent address, established by your driver’s license, is more than 50 miles away from Argonne.
Transportation expenses will be reimbursed on the basis of the most direct route.

Travel by a private automobile will be reimbursed at the current government rate up to a maximum of $500 or the cost of the lowest commercial airfare, whichever is lower.

Travel by air will be reimbursed at the cost of the lowest commercial airfare. Travel arrangements are made by your host division at Argonne.

How to apply
Applications for 2017 are now open and are due by March 2, 2017. To complete the application process, please complete these steps:

Go to the web page for Argonne’s Professional Career Internship Program, scroll down to the green APPLY NOW button on the lower right, and complete the online application. Under area of interest, select “Science Writing.”
Two letters of recommendation should be sent to or (whichever is applicable to you). These letters should be from your school professors. Applications will not be reviewed before recommendation letters are received.

Mail, e-mail or fax your cover letter and three writing samples to:

Lisa Reed
Communications, Education & Public Affairs
Argonne National Laboratory
9700 S. Cass Ave.
Argonne, IL 60439-4845
Fax: 630-252-3193


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