Dow Jones is a global provider of news and business information, delivering content to consumers and organizations around the world across multiple formats, including print, digital, mobile and live events. Dow Jones has produced unrivaled quality content for more than 125 years and today has one of the world’s largest news gathering operations globally. It produces leading publications and products including the flagship Wall Street Journal, America’s largest newspaper by paid circulation; Factiva, Barron’s, MarketWatch, Financial News, DJX, Dow Jones Risk & Compliance, Dow Jones Newswires, and Dow Jones VentureSource.
The Wall Street Journal is seeking undergraduates, recent graduates or graduate students who intend a career in science journalism. This is a 10-week, full-time paid internship that would start in January or February. It cannot be completed while taking classes. The internship will be based in New York, with the Journal’s Health & Science bureau.
Include a cover letter, resume and up to six published samples of your work in your online application, which is due no later than November 1, 2015. Applications for this internship will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only finalists will be contacted.
The screening process puts heavy emphasis on clips and journalistic experience. A science background or familiarity with research would be a plus but not required. Most of those chosen have had prior internships in other large media organizations as well as experience on a campus newspaper or as a freelancer.
Interns work closely with reporters and editors to deliver prompt, accurate reporting of science news and generally hone their journalistic skills. Interns would write spot stories based on scientific studies; explanatory pieces that analyze science angles related to breaking news stories; and features that uncover trends in various fields of science from biology to environmental science to nanotechnology, among other projects. Interns are expected to generate their own story ideas, and follow the stories through to completion with supervision and guidance from an editor.
Interns should be self-starters who understand the needs of the paper’s growing readership on various real-time, online and print platforms, including the ability to help develop video, graphics and blog posts. Dedication to high journalism standards, proof of excellent writing skills and dogged reporting are absolute musts. Candidates should have prior reporting experience and a demonstrated interest in science news as well as the ability to work independently and under deadline pressure.