Applying for an Internship

Thank you for your interest in interning with Pitt Med magazine. Our interns have gone on to work for Esquire, National Geographic, CBS Evening News, the NPR Science Desk, Men's Health, Science, Philadelphia Inquirer, Popular Science, Gizmodo, Creative Nonfiction, PublicSource, 90.5 WESA, Pitt Magazine and other prestigious outlets; they have also held positions at communication and scientific organizations, including the CDC.

We are now accepting applications for Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023. The application deadline is August 1, 2022.


Pitt Med magazine internship

15 hours per week, unpaid

Applications for Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023 term application deadline: August 1, 2022.

Pitt Med magazine is an award-winning, 24,000-circulation magazine published quarterly by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Our readers are alumni and physicians, scientists and community members, potential donors, deans and residency directors at the top 50 medical research centers, other national leaders in medicine and people who are just curious about science and health. Our job is to tell the interesting stories of the School of Medicine, to cut through medical jargon to the core of a scientific discovery, to dig for the personality of a Nobel laureate, to paint a portrait of a married dynamic duo on our faculty.

One of the great rewards of publication is publication itself. With Pitt Med you will not only get clips but also earn them. You will interview physicians and scientists and alumni. You will demonstrate excellent reporting and writing skills. You will make complex scientific concepts interesting to a general audience. You will work with editors to shape your stories for publication. 

You also will participate in editorial and production planning meetings, conduct research on alumni and faculty we intend to feature, search for photographs, and help with the details of the shaping of a magazine.

Essentially, you will learn every facet of putting together a magazine, from brainstorming story ideas to updating databases to proofreading copy. You will, in short, be a member of our staff. 

QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants from all academic disciplines and backgrounds will be considered—Pitt Med values diverse perspectives. Experience in journalism or creative writing is a big plus, as is interest in science. We generally prefer students who do the internship for course credit.

HOURS: 15 regular daytime hours per week are required. During the pandemic, students will work remotely.

TO APPLY: please send a cover letter, resume, and three nonfiction writing samples to Erica Lloyd at lloydel[AT] by August 1. Interns for Fall, Spring, and Summer will be selected at that time—please include your preferred term(s) in your cover letter. You should be familiar with the magazine before applying; please give a few issues a read as you craft your materials. 

INTERVIEWS: Interviews will take place remotely the week before fall classes begin, and interns are expected to begin work during the first week of the term.