Internships

SHERP Employment CollageWork and learn in the global center of science media.

Ever since SHERP began in 1982 (it was known as SERP back then), we have always capitalized on our New York location by forging strong relationships with dozens of leading science, medical and environmental publications, stations, networks, web sites and publishers based in New York, as well as general-interest media that cover science.

Many of those outlets have SHERP graduates on their permanent staffs and are eager to offer prize internship slots to our students. Almost all of those internships are paid. SHERP interns write, produce, fact-check and edit stories, all the while learning how high-level science journalism really works from the inside.

Some SHERP students intern at specialized publications outlets such as Scientific American, Gizmodo, RadioLab, Popular Science, Audubon or Space.com, while others cover science-related topics for non-specialized outlets such as New York magazine, Newsweek, Quartz, NBC News or Vox. After graduating, some go on to fellowships at outlets such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, Science, and Nature, while others jump directly to full-time staff positions or freelance.

We regard journalism internships to be so important, both as vital learning experiences and as a practical route to professional success, that all SHERP students are required to complete two for-credit, supervised internships during their final eight months of the sixteen-month SHERP sequence.

Starting early in the first semester, SHERP’s internship coordinator works closely with the students, helping them to polish their resumes and cover letters and identify internships that match their interests. SHERP also hosts a Meet the Editors and Producers reception every fall where students mingle with dozens of prospective employers, including many alumni. After internships begin during the summer, the internship coordinator follows up to make sure SHERP students are getting the most from their internship experiences and also to assist with job searches and career advice. Every SHERP student writes a candid assessment after completing an internship, to help guide students in subsequent classes.

If you represent a media organization and would like our students to know about internship and/or job opportunities at your outlet, please contact SHERP Internship Coordinator Eleanor Cummins.

Last five years of SHERP student internships (2016-2020)