Argonne National Laboratory

Summer science-writing internship

Argonne National Laboratory's Communications and Public Affairs Division is often able to offer a paid full-time summer science-writing internship for an undergraduate or graduate student.

About the internship

You will work ten 40-hour weeks conducting interviews, writing science news and feature articles for a public audience in the Argonne Now magazine and the Argonne web site, as well as related communications projects such as scripting short videos and contributing to social media events.

You will work daily as a member of a team that includes several full-time professional writers and journalists who provide assignments, advice and mentoring in a working environment that is collegial, creative and collaborative.

Former Argonne interns have landed jobs with The New York Times, Science, Science NewsR&DChemical & Engineering NewsThe Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the International Medical News Group, the Elgin Courier-News, Caltech, Purdue, the American Chemical Society, the National Institute of Science and Technology, Ames Laboratory, Fermilab, Argonne and the University of Chicago Hospitals.

About Argonne and its publications

Argonne National Laboratory has more than 200 research programs in basic and applied science, including mathematics and computer science, environmental research, materials science, physics, chemistry, energy research, biology and advanced nuclear reactor technology. Argonne's Illinois site is located on a wooded 1,500-acre campus near Chicago.

What we look for

Participants must be full-time students at an accredited college or university and have completed at least sophomore year schooling — or have graduated in May or June 2018 from such a university.

Candidates must have demonstrated writing ability and an interest in science.

Other aspects of your application have a bearing, but your writing samples weigh most heavily in our selection process. We recommend stories and articles about science written for a public audience. This can include writing published in newspapers, magazines or blogs (including student newspapers), or samples written specifically for this application or for classes.

We do not recommend write-ups for experiments, as these are typically written for a scientific audience in the passive voice.


  • U.S. citizenship or legal permanent resident status
  • Undergraduate or graduate student in good standing or have just graduated the previous month at an accredited college or university
  • Must have completed at least sophomore year with demonstrated competence in science writing

Salary & support

Students receive a salary ranging from $12.50 to $18 per hour, based upon grade level completed and experience. On-campus housing is provided. Travel is paid for students whose permanent addresses are more than fifty miles away from Argonne; several restrictions apply, and all travel arrangements must be made by the hiring division in order to receive any reimbursement. For more details, visit the Professional Career Internship page.

How to apply

Applications for 2018 are now open and are due by March 2, 2018. To complete the application process, please complete these steps:

  1. Go to the web page for Argonne's Professional Career Internship Program, scroll down to the green APPLY NOW button on the lower right, and complete the online application. Under area of interest, select "Science Writing."
  2. Two letters of recommendation should be sent to or (whichever is applicable to you). These letters should be from your school professors. Applications will not be reviewed before recommendation letters are received.
  3. Email your cover letter and three writing samples to

For more information, contact Lisa Reed by phone at 630-252-3366 or at email