Careers - Science Writing & Communication
The information on this page is meant to serve as starting point for students who are exploring career options in academia and beyond. Many of the listed organizations and publications are intended specifically for students. Information will be updated regularly; please contact Karen Harmin (karen_harmin [at] hms.harvard.edu) to suggest an update. In addition, students are encouraged to get in touch with the contact people associated with each of the career areas in the DMS "Paths Program."
Harvard's Division of Medical Sciences (DMS) Science Writing and Publishing Path helps to inform, encourage, enable and connect students interested in a career in science writing and publishing with alumni, science writers, scientific editors and other professionals in this industry.
Focus is a publication produced by the Office of Communications and External Relations. They sponsor 4-month student internships in science writing.
A student organization devoted to public awareness about science, science policy, science communication, and science education. Sponsors evening seminars, a monthly newsletter, "science cafes", and high school outreach events.
A regular publication written by and for DMS students. Articles address newsworthy developments within Harvard University, Harvard Medical School, and the Division of Medical Sciences. Writing for the DMS Bulletin may be a useful way to begin to develop a portfolio of published science-related journalism.
The Journal of Emerging Investigators is a GSAS organization which sponsors an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal. The journal is focused on the natural and physical sciences and publishes original research and review articles written by middle and high school students. The journal is seeking GSAS graduate students who are interested in being a part of the organization. This includes students who are interested in serving as a reviewer or helping with advertising and publicity. Graduate students are also needed to help organize and teach a “writers workshop” for local high school students to learn the basics of writing a science article.