The Philip and Rita Rosen Department of Communications and Public Affairs (DCPA) is responsible for all aspects of internal and external communications at Einstein, including media relations, social media, branding, marketing, creative services, communications, publications, community and governmental relations and the Einstein website.
The department works closely with all of Einstein’s academic departments, centers and institutes, as well as with Montefiore Medical Center—the University Hospital and academic medical center for Einstein—to disseminate Einstein’s scientific findings to the media and supervise all other external communications regarding the College of Medicine’s educational and clinical research missions.
This is an unpaid position. The intern will receive varied writing assignments in order to produce content for Einstein’s publications (newsletters, magazines, reports) or website (features, other content) and thus gain hands-on science and general writing experience. The intern also will learn about the breadth of research and clinical medicine at Einstein as well as how to write in a variety of styles and story formats. While hours are flexible, requiring approximately two to five hours of time commitment per week, deadlines are hard and firm.
There is no deadline. This is a rolling internship with no starting line or endpoint. It is designed to work with student/postdoc schedules and availability.
The DCPA offers a variety of assignments. We will assign pieces that will provide you with well-rounded writing experience. Types of assignments include:
Science writing, such as journal-article briefs found on page 3 of our cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular newsletters and short items on research and grants on our Research web page (see the Research Roundup section).
Non-science briefs reflecting students and faculty honors, notable presentations and participation in professional events on our Current Students web page (see Student Spotlight) and Faculty web page (see Academic Honors).
General campus events (see Collegial Life in the front of Einstein magazine and Around Campus updates on the website).
Web features on science and non-science topics (see Features).
Articles will vary in length:
100-200 words for journal-article briefs, research/grant briefs and student/faculty honors.
300-600 words for Einstein magazine Collegial Life and Around Campus update items.
600-1,000 words for web features.
The DCPA has a constant flow of assignments, for which deadlines will vary. We will try to give you assignments whose deadlines work with your schedule and availability. When we give you the deadline for an assignment, it will be a firm timeframe agreed upon at the time of assignment. Some pieces may require quick turnaround, within the same week, and others will offer more time for completion. These deadlines, and the requirements for the piece, will be discussed so that you can fully assess your ability to complete a given assignment before accepting it.
We estimate 2 to 5 hours a week. We will make assignments based on how much time we believe you’ll need to write the item/piece. Your participation in the internship will be based on your availability, with the understanding that the research you do in the laboratory should always be your priority.
No. The purpose of the writing sample is for us to see what your writing style is like so we can match you to suitable assignments. You can use published or unpublished work as long as the words are yours, and that they are not scientific papers. If you wish to submit a piece that involves science or medicine, it must be written in lay terms for a general audience, and demonstrate your ability to simplify complex information into terms that a non-scientific audience can understand.