STAT (Co-sponsored with the Harvard Global Health Institute)


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.

STAT, a national health and medicine publication, is now accepting applications for a Reporting Intern from Harvard to join a team of seasoned journalists and editors in daily newsgathering and writing

The Intern 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 Intern should expect some assignments, including coverage of the latest news from scientific journals and stories for our STAT Plus premium service. We also welcome and encourage the development of the Intern's own ideas.

The Intern will have the opportunity to work with and learn from our outstanding editorial staff, including our multimedia department. Although the ideal candidate will have an interest in health, science and medicine, scientific expertise is in no way required.

This is position will be based in Boston, where we share our headquarters with the Boston Globe. The office is located downtown, with easy access to public transportation. The internship is expected to run for ten weeks in the summer of 2020. We'd hope to have the Intern start sometime in June. 

Interested candidates should submit cover letter as their statement of interest and outline why they’re interested in a position at STAT, plus 2-3 relevant clips. 

STAT is committed to diversity and cultivating an inclusive work environment. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, and provide equal opportunities regardless of race, religion, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, neurodiversity, disability, or socioeconomic status.  

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

Boston, MA / Cambridge, MA