Some of us just want to get ahead. We crave the rush and want to eat up all the experience we can get. Some of us want to try new things. And some of us just like to write but are also huge science geeks on the side.
I happen to fall into the latter category. And it made me think: where do people like us go to pursue our love of science and journalism? It is certainly a struggle; having such opposing interests such as these two, this is a given. Well, it made my day when I found out there are writing positions and internships out there that strictly center around, well, science journalism.
I’m a senior in high school now, but ever since last summer I’ve been immersed in this fabulous (yet not completely discovered) world that is science journalism. It’s definitely changed my life for sure, and as a writer, it’s opened my eyes to the true potential of the writing world. Irreplaceable experience, to be sure!
So I’m going to share my experience with you today. If this is something you’re sure that you can get behind, you’d better mark down these two publications where students can pursue science journalism at any experience level.
Quantumrun is an online newsletter and publication that focuses on trends that affect the future. “The future is weird. The future is human.” A fitting slogan for such a magazine! And the best part: they accept high school students as interns.
Their articles are divided into five categories: Culture Evolved, Future Tech, Weird Science, Super Human, and Disruptive Business. When you write for them, you either write as a health, science, technology, or culture writer, and the articles you write for QR fall under one of those five categories.
While the publication is not strictly scientific, they bolster scientific thought and research in their published articles. And as a science staff writer for QR myself, I can vouch for the fact that writing for them is a great start to getting your scientific drive out in the world. QR was the first internship I’ve ever involved myself in, and now I’m involved with five total, some of them through QR.
Currently, there are no need for any writers, but if you are interested, you should visit the website for more details. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re just getting started.
The Scientific Student
If you are solely gung-ho about science, The Scientific Student is definitely worth looking into! TSS doesn’t offer internships, but they do offer writing positions that can earn you reference letters upon completion.
An online magazine that is fully run by college and high school students, The Scientific Student focuses solely on all things science! Environmental issues? Check. Genetic modification? Definitely. Molecular toxicology? Oh, heck yes! Writers for TSS are young science enthusiasts who want to get their ideas out in the world, and no prior experience is needed to apply. If this sounds like you, well, you’re in luck. Last I’ve heard from my fellow co-writers, The Scientific Student is looking for student writers! Please visit the website if you’re interested.
So, fellow scientific journalists, have no fear. Opportunities for you to truly be you are out there. Happy writing!