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 7 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:
- Letter of Recommendation
- 2+ Writing Samples
LOCATION: Boston, MA
INDUSTRY: Communications / Journalism
ABOUT US: STAT, now in its fifth year, delivers fast, deep, and tough-minded journalism about health, medicine, life sciences and the fast-moving business of making medicines. 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: The person in this internship position will dive right in as a general assignment reporter and be asked to handle both breaking news and to take on profiles, trend pieces and big idea stories. The student should expect some assignments, including coverage of the latest news from scientific journals and stories for STAT+, our premium service for subscribers.
REMOTE WORK ENVIRONMENT: Much of our communication, even before the pandemic, is on Slack. The intern will be expected to be available on Slack during their work hours and also to keep an eye on email. In order to have interns still be connected with the STAT team, we host regular lunch-and-learn events with various staff people at STAT. These usually happen on a weekly basis and are an opportunity for interns to learn not only about the different roles at STAT, but also work on improving their journalism craft. Interns also check-in daily with their editors and are invited to call-in to editorial meetings.
TIME ZONE: ET
WORKING HOURS: There is flexibility regarding which hours the intern works.
EQUIPMENT & SOFTWARE: Access to high-speed Wi-Fi, Personal laptop
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