Please Note: This internship is co-sponsored. This means that the funding for this internship is provided by two institutions at Harvard. The Primary Affiliation is with the IOP, and the Secondary Affiliation is with the HGHI. The primary institute will be the point of contact during the application and internship onboarding process, and applications for this placement will be processed by IOP.
Please note the IOP's application instructions to ensure you meet all the requirements. The intern selected for this internship will have the benefits and obligations of an intern in both of programs.
***FINALIST APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants are required to submit a resume (one page), statement of interest (one page), and two references by the application deadline on Sunday, February 6 at 11:59pm ET. If selected as a finalist, applicants to this host organization may be required to submit the following additional materials directly to the host organization after the application deadline:
- Writing Sample
LOCATION: Boston, MA
Our office is able to host a REMOTE OR IN-PERSON intern (depending on mutual preference).
TIME ZONE: ET
WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.
INDUSTRY: Communications / Journalism
ABOUT US: STAT delivers trusted and authoritative journalism about health, medicine, and the life sciences. Millions of new readers turned to us as we sounded the alarm early on about the Covid-19 pandemic. Our journalists go deep in tough-minded coverage of the business of making medicines, health tech, science, and public health. We take you inside academic labs, biotech boardrooms, and political backrooms. We cast a critical eye on scientific discoveries, scrutinize corporate strategies, and chronicle roiling battles for talent, money, and market share. We examine controversies and puncture hype. With an award-winning newsroom, STAT gives you indispensable insights and exclusive stories on the technologies, personalities, power brokers, and political forces driving massive changes in the life science industry — and a revolution in human health. These are the stories that matter to us all.
RESPONSIBILITIES & PROJECTS: An overview of the internship experience at STAT: Interns at STAT are, in essence, general assignment reporters who handle daily news stories as well as longer trend pieces, profiles and other features. Interns should expect some assignments, including coverage of the latest news from scientific journals, and stories for STAT+, our premium service for subscribers. However, we also encourage the development of reporters’ own ideas. Interns will be assigned an editor, who will be their source for most things at STAT, including mentorship. Interns will also have a chance to participate in intern-only programming such as Lunch-and-Learns, which are topic-specific events aimed at helping interns tackle and learn about specific aspects of health and science journalism. Previous Lunch-and-Learn sessions have focused on navigating complex source relationships with major health tech companies as well as finding the not-so-obvious scientific angles for a feature story. Interns who are able to be in Boston for their internship, post-pandemic-life-willing, will have the opportunity to step out to local conferences and the myriad hospitals and academic institutions to report out stories or find new story ideas. Interns will also have an opportunity to participate in the many events we have at STAT, both social and professional. Those who have interned at STAT have gone on to have successful freelancing
WORK ENVIRONMENT: Who’s working for STAT? Some of the best-sourced science, health, and biotech journalists in the country, as well as motion graphics artists, videographers, and podcast producers. Our team includes talented writers, editors, and producers capable of the kind of explanatory journalism that complicated science issues demand. It is a friendly, collaborative environment.
EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop
2021 Intern Reflection:
This summer, I am interning at the New Mexico State Personnel Office, which is responsible for promoting and managing job opportunities across my home state. After an initial meeting aiming at brainstorming ideas with the coordinators of the program at the state office, we decided to focus on a project intended to offer New Mexico state interns the opportunity to work with mentors, meet policymakers, and connect with fellow interns. My mentors and I created a calendar of events for the interns, with events including weekly coffee chats to guest speaker series, for interns to maximize their time at the internship. My mentors and I have at least one weekly check-in to assess the goals of the internship and set goals and expectations for the week ahead. My mentors have been incredibly open to my ideas and suggestions and plan to organize this project, the summer internship program, for interns in the years ahead.
- Kevin Lin
2020 Intern Reflection:
It's certainly a unique experience to be working at STAT News during a pandemic. The current crisis has infused health and science coverage with a heightened sense of urgency, and I have witnessed my fellow reporters deftly asking and answering life-and-death questions. If anything, these tragic circumstances have highlighted for me the need to have open, highly accessible lines of communication between science/healthcare experts and the public at all times.
At STAT, I've had the opportunity to report on timely coronavirus-related news, and also to pitch stories of particular interest to me — such as about how mental healthcare workers imagine their futures roles amid calls to defund the police. Days generally vary between writing and editing, or sourcing and interviewing. All the while, I get consistent check-ins from my assigned editor (who is incredibly present and supportive). The other staff are also really engaged with the interns, and they present their expertise at lunch-and-learn events around once a week.
-Juliet Isselbacher '22
2019 Intern Reflection:
I spent this summer writing about a variety of topics related to health, medicine, and science for STAT News. I have learned so much about all aspects of journalism, from pitching to sourcing to writing and would definitely recommend this internship to anyone interested in science communications. I've had the chance to write about topics ranging from health policy and drug pricing in D.C. to health tech and the implications of biased technology. At STAT I was paired with one editor that I usually worked with, but have had the opportunity to work with and learn from all of the editors here at STAT. It is an incredibly collaborative and supportive workspace and I felt immediately integrated into the workflow.
In terms of the specifics of reporting, it is a mixture of assigned pieces and pitching my own stories, which I really appreciated — being assigned stories was a great way to first get situated. We were encouraged to attend conferences as reporters, which was great opportunity for sourcing and story ideas. It was also incredibly helpful to get step by step help on my reporting and get professional feedback from the editors on my articles. I also had the opportunity to try new things, such as being interviewed for radio about an article I published. Overall, this summer has been a really great learning experience and I feel that I have grown as both a reporter and a writer.
In my time here there were three other interns from different schools that I was also able to bounce ideas off of and learn from. STAT also hosted a variety of lunches where we talked with editors and learned from other reporters. Because STAT has the same owner as the Boston Globe, we also were able to attend Globe luncheons for interns and learn from Globe staff. I feel that everyone here at STAT was really dedicated to making sure I had the best intern experience possible, and I would highly recommend this internship.
Basically: Apply to work at STAT, I loved it so much!
Ruth Hailu '21