AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows Program
Increasing public understanding of science and technology is a principal goal of AAAS, so it only makes sense that it recognizes the need for scientists who are well versed in communicating complex ideas to a general audience. Enter the AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows program, which has thrived in this endeavor for more than 30 years.
The 10-week summer program places graduate and post-graduate level science, engineering and mathematics students at media organizations nationwide. Fellows have worked as reporters, editors, researchers and production assistants at such media outlets as the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, Sacramento Bee, and Scientific American. Participants come in knowing the importance of translating their work for the public, but they leave with the tools and the know-how to accomplish this important goal.
Specific Eligibility Criteria
- Applicants must be enrolled as college or university students (at least in their senior year of undergraduate study) — or have completed a degree — in the natural, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics in order to apply. Graduate and doctoral students are welcome to apply.
- Applicants must apply for the summer fellowship within one year after graduation or defense of their thesis.
- Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for these fellowships.
- Successful applicants will attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the beginning of the summer and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer. They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowships throughout their placement.