Overview: This internship is for students who are strong writers and interested in reporting on the topics of personal health, medical research and health policy. Applicants should also be interested in digital journalism, editing and social media. Skills in data visualization and multimedia production would be a major plus. They should be eager to develop their own story ideas, and also truly happy to help in more clerical ways that will not give them byline glory, such as transcribing interviews, gathering sound at events, developing social media contacts and scanning sources for possible news.
Responsibilities: The intern will support the bloggers of CommonHealth in a variety of ways. These may include writing; editing; finding and formatting photos; helping to spread posts more widely through social media and email. One significant piece of the intern’s work may be listening to health-related segments on WBUR’s various radio shows and writing up appealing summaries that save readers the time of listening through the whole segment. Applicants are encouraged to submit ideas for original posts that they would like to develop during the internship.
Skills: Candidates should be self-starters, informed, energetic, curious, organized, detail-oriented, low-maintenance and comfortable working on deadline. Excellent communication skills are required. Deep interest in health and science required. Journalism majors and web experience preferred.
Time commitment: Interns can expect tasks assigned by the CommonHealth bloggers to consume about 20 hours a week; ideally, the intern would spend significant additional time developing original stories and posts.