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Science Communications Internship

The Research!America alliance advocates for science, discovery, and innovation to achieve better health for all. We advocate for a federal policy climate that helps empower our nation’s biomedical and health research sectors as they work to accelerate medical progress.

Job Summary

Research!America is offering a paid, temporary Science Communications internship with an ideal start date of May 13. Telework opportunity is possible. Interns assist the organization in advancing its mission and objectives. Internships are typically three-month appointments (start and end dates are flexible).

Internship will be directly supervised and mentored by the Director of Communications, who will provide routine feedback. An online Microsoft 365 license will be provided.

Learning Objectives/Outcomes

  • Assist with basic website content updates.
  • Assist with content and graphics for blog posts and social media accounts.
  • Assist with presentations and preparations for speaking engagements.
  • Write, proofread, fact-check, and edit newsletter articles, press materials, and emails to Research!America members.
  • Contribute to reports and analysis of media coverage.
  • Participate in communications strategy and program planning meetings.
  • Provide support for briefings, programs, and other events.
  • Complete and present a self-directed project and a final report on a science communications topic relevant to the mission of Research!America.
  • Provide administrative and project management support as requested.
  • Perform other duties and responsibilities as needed.


$20/hr up to 40 hrs/week. Commuter benefit available for interns working a hybrid schedule in our Arlington, VA office.


Ideal candidates will have a strong academic background, excellent writing and editing skills, and an interest in medical and health research and related policy issues. Familiarity with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, Excel) is required; experience with web content management systems (WordPress), blog software, graphic design (Canva), and social media is strongly preferred.

Graduate students, PhD candidates, or post-doctoral researchers with science, health, communications, public policy, or related degree or degree program are preferred.

To Apply

Research!America is an equal opportunity/ affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. Please submit all materials by April 19, 2024.

E-mail resume (not CV), cover letter (including academic status and availability), three writing samples, and three references with contact information to We are unable to personally respond to each applicant, but will be in touch with applicants who are selected for further review. No calls, please.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification form upon hire.