Nature Careers and Supplements Journalism Internship London 2024

DEADLINE 19th April 2024

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About the role

The Springer Nature Opening Doors Programme, Nature Careers and Supplements Journalism internship is a paid opportunity in the UK to gain experience in science journalism at our flagship journal, Nature.

Many groups and perspectives are currently underrepresented in the publishing industry, which is a challenge that we are actively trying to address at Springer Nature. We are seeking candidates who believe they can contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion in our published content. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, but we particularly encourage candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply, including but not limited to people of Black heritage, Indigenous people and people of colour, people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, LGBTQ+ people, people from underrepresented social castes, religious minorities and people with a disability and/or a neurodivergent condition.

As part of this effort, Nature seeks an intern with a passion for science and journalism to join our careers and supplements team. The successful applicant will spend up to six months working with editors across the team, and gain experience using the broad range of skills required to publish journalistic content in Nature in print and online. You will write a variety of articles for our audience of working scientists and build up a portfolio of published work, which could include news, features, profiles, data analyses and podcasts. You will also have the opportunity to pitch stories to editors, plan special collections of articles, and contribute to the art and design of both.

What’s in it for you?

  • On-the-job training in a variety of editorial skills from a friendly, welcoming and dynamic team of editors at the world's best-known scientific journal.
  • A paid internship, equivalent to the London living wage.
  • Support from a buddy within one of Springer Nature’s employee networks that connect people who share a common identity.
  • Access to career development, training and events, including an overview of different business areas at Springer Nature and advice on the job application process.
  • The opportunity to work on projects related to diversity, equity and inclusion in the publishing industry.

About us

The Nature careers and supplements team produces content that is essential reading for working scientists around the world. Our careers news content and Nature Outlook and Nature Index supplements delivers thought-leading, agenda-setting journalism to enrich, inform and guide scientists' lives and thoughts.

Nature’s core audience is working research scientists in academia and industry, and those whose professional lives revolve around science, including funders and policymakers. Our readers are all over the world and at all career stages, from lab leaders to students.

About you

  • Applicants should have (or be studying for) a degree in a STEM subject or in journalism.
  • In either case, applicants should have a strong and demonstrable interest in both science and communication.
  • Must be available to start in June 2024 for an internship of three to six months.
  • Excellent English skills – both written and verbal – are expected.
  • Applicants should have the desire and ability to improve the diversity of Nature’s coverage.
  • An interest in data journalism and multimedia is an asset.

How to apply

Please send a CV and a short supporting statement (no more than 500 words) that explains what you will bring to the role, what you are most hoping to learn, and why you feel you are particularly well placed to help to improve diversity, equity and inclusion in our coverage. You are encouraged to submit writing samples, such as links to a blog or any previously published work, to support your application.

The internship will start in June for a duration of up to six months and is based in Nature’s London office on a hybrid working model with up to three days a week working from home.

If you have any access needs related to disability, neurodivergence or a chronic condition, please contact us at springernatureukcareers@springernature.com so we can make all necessary accommodations.

If you're looking to kick-start a career in science journalism, apply today. You could be part of the next generation shaping our profession.

There are additional intern positions available across Springer Nature as part of this program - find out more about other available opportunities.

DEADLINE 19th April 2024