Other Internships & Opportunities

Application window: October 16, 2018 - January 15, 2019

Fellowship: June 12, 2019 - August 20, 2019

The AAAS Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellowship places science, engineering, and mathematics students and postdocs at media organizations nationwide. They have worked as reporters, editors, researchers, and production assistants at media outlets that include the Los Angeles Times, WIRED, National Public Radio, National Geographic, and Scientific American.The Mass Media Science & Engineering Fellows use their academic training in the sciences as they research, write and report today’s headlines, while sharpening their abilities to communicate complex scientific issues to the public. The Fellowship experience broadens the participant’s career path while increasing the public’s understanding of science and technology.


  • Applicants must be enrolled as students (upper level undergraduate or graduate) or postdoctoral trainees at a university — or within one year of a completed degree — in the life, physical, health, engineering, computer, or social sciences or mathematics and related fields.  If you have questions about your eligibility, email
  • Students enrolled in English, journalism, science journalism, or other non-technical fields are not eligible for the AAAS Mass Media Fellowship BUT these students may be eligible for the Minority Science Writers Internship.
  • Applicants must be US citizens or already hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work during the summer.  AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas. 
  • Successful applicants are required to attend an orientation at AAAS headquarters at the beginning of the summer (early June) and a wrap-up session at the end of the summer (mid-August). They will prepare reports on the progress of their fellowships throughout their placement.

The fellowship is open to international students who are already studying in the United States and who hold visas that allow them to receive payment for work during the summer.  AAAS cannot assist in obtaining/retaining visas.  The fellowship is also open to US citizens studying abroad as long as they can pay their way back into the US for the fellowship. 

The Patent Assessment Internship is a part-time experiential education and professional development program launching in mid-2018. It is available to students pursuing advanced degrees in Law (Intellectual Property concentration) or Biomedical Sciences as an opportunity to obtain practical experience before embarking on a career path. Interns will gain exposure to the process of intellectual property management and commercialization in a university setting, commonly referred to as technology transfer. The Innovation Pillar is responsible for technology transfer activities at Jefferson, including management of the University’s intellectual property estate, out-licensing technology to commercial partners, and supporting the launch of associated start-up companies. Patentability assessment is a critical element of this function as the Innovation Pillar determines appropriate strategies for patent filings and corresponding business activity.

Internship Duties

Interns will be tasked with performing evaluations with respect to a wide range of emerging technologies and commercialization opportunities arising from Jefferson innovations, spanning the areas of biotechnology, medical devices, advanced materials, and healthcare information technology. Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Completing training for prior art search (patent and scientific literature)
  • Conducting comprehensive prior art searches
  • Documenting results and preparing detailed reports
  • Communicating findings with office staff and Jefferson inventors
  • Attending regular team meetings and networking events


  • Currently pursuing an advanced degree in law, science or engineering
  • Demonstrated proficiency in one or more life sciences discipline (at least a Bachelor’s degree)
  • Ability to clearly communicate complex scientific ideas, orally and in writing
  • Effective time-management skills


General structure: One semester @ 10 hours/week or Full year @ 6.5 hours/week.

Student interns may receive course credit with performance-based evaluation. Course credit (or compensation) is not guaranteed and will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Students and Fellows will be required to show support from their faculty advisor.

To apply, please submit a résumé and brief cover letter to the Jefferson Innovation Pillar via email to on or before August 31, 2018.